Nov. 16, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Following a convincing 7-0 victory over UT Martin in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 5 Memphis (22-0-1) prepares for a second round matchup with rival Louisville (13-6-3) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Lady Tigers host the four-team pod for the second and third rounds. No. 1 seed Florida State battles Portland at 5 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex and the winner of each match on Friday will clash on Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Christabel Oduro set an NCAA Tournament single-game record with nine points in the Lady Tigers convincing 7-0 first round victory over UT Martin. Oduro provided four goals to tie the single-game record and added an assist.
The U of M has scored 62 goals this season coming from 13 different players. The 62 goals in the season are the most in program history, besting the 56 goals scored in 2007.
Along with a single-season school record 15 clean sheets by Elise Kuhar-Pitters, the Lady Tiger defense has held opponents to eight or fewer shot on goal attempts in every match this season and just 7.8 shots per game.
Memphis has allowed 11 goals in 23 matches this season, the fewest in program history. The Lady Tigers have allowed three goals in the last 10 matches, outscoring the opposition 31-3.
2011 NCAA Tournament Program
Memphis claimed a fifth-straight Conference USA Tournament Championship on Nov. 6 with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over UTEP. For the first time in the five year run, Memphis was also the out-right C-USA Regular Season Champion.
NCAA Division I Best
Memphis has the best winning percentage in the nation with the 22-0-1 record, a .978 winning percentage. The U of M was the first program to reach 20 wins this season. The Lady Tigers became the 15th different program since 2001 to finish a regular season unbeaten. Memphis (22-0-1) and Stanford (20-0-1) are the lone unbeaten teams remaining in NCAA Division I Women's Soccer.
For the Record
Having been outscored 10-1 in the four previous trips to the NCAA Tournament, Memphis posted a convincing 7-0 win over UT Martin to improve the margin to 10-8.
Like Memphis, Louisville entered the 2011 NCAA Tournament looking for the first victory in the postseason tournament. Similarly, Louisville hosted the opening round match and shutout their opponent (2-0 over Dayton).
Friday's match features two of the top sophomore forwards in the nation. C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Christabel Oduro leads the Lady Tigers with 16 goals on the year and Louisville will counter with Big East Offensive Player of the year in sophomore forward Christine Exeter who has 14 goals on the year.
Heart of Gold
Having played just one overtime game in the 19 games prior to the C-USA Tournament, two of the three matches in the tournament were decided by golden goals. Natalia Gomez-Junco netted the winner against Tulsa in the quarterfinal and Kaitlyn Atkins buried the winner against UTEP in the final.
Memphis has eight golden goals in the 16-year history of the program. The Lady Tigers had two golden goals in the 2007 season and one in 2005, 2004, 2002, and 1997.
Lizzy Simonin was selected the C-USA Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season. Simonin is the first player in league history to repeat as winner of the defensive award.
Christabel Oduro leads C-USA with 11 goals and 27 points and with that effort earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Year accolades. Oduro is the third Offensive Player of the Year from Memphis in the last four seasons.
With a league-best 0.38 goals-against average, Elise Kuhar-Pitters earned First Team All-Conference accolades, the first goalkeeper in program history to attain the distinction.
Lizzy Hildebrandt was named a Second Team All-Conference selection. Kylie Davis and Natalia Gomez-Junco were named to the All-Freshman Team.
Winners of nine of their last 10 matches, Louisville enters the second round of the tournament with a 13-6-3 record. The Cardinals only loss in the last 10 matches came to West Virginia (2-0) in the Big East Tournament Championship match. Louisville claimed the National Division title in Big East play this year with an impressive 8-1-2 league record.
Led by Big East Offensive Player of the Year Christine Exeter, Louisville averages 1.45 goals per game. Exeter leads the Cardinals with 31 points (14 goals, 3 assists). Seven players have two or more goals on the year as the offense has collected 22 goals.
Between the posts, senior Chloe Kiefer has played every minute this season collecting 88 saves. Kiefer sports a 0.90 goals-against average and has eight clean sheets. Louisville has played nine overtime games this season in 20 matches. The Cardinals are 4-2-3 in those matches, including three double-overtime wins. Excluding ties, 12 of Louisville's 20 matches have been decided by one goal.
Inside the Series
The former C-USA rivals meet for the ninth time on Friday. Memphis holds a 5-2-1 edge in the series, but the two sides haven't met since the 2003 season. Louisville won the first meeting of the series in 1995 and claimed a victory in the 2002 season. In the last meeting, the two clubs played to a 1-1 draw. Memphis won five-straight in the series from 1996-2000 and the teams did not meet in the 2001 season.
A Look Back
Memphis head coach Brooks Monaghan and Louisville head coach Karen Ferguson-Dayes have been at their respective institutions for 12 seasons. Looking back to the last meetings in the series, both teams were near the bottom of the C-USA standings, but this week each side makes its first appearance in the round of 32.
In C-USA play this season, Memphis held opponents to just 40 shots on goal and five goals. In those 11 matches, Memphis registered eight clean sheets. Since the 2008 season, Memphis has 48 shutouts and has back-to-back shutouts 18 times. The four-straight shutout streak earlier this season was the first four-game shutout streak and the 441:25 scoreless streak by opponents was the longest streak in program history. Goalkeeper Elise Kuhar-Pitters posted a program-best 580:36 scoreless streak that was ended at Houston on Sept. 25.
Memphis has scored 62 goals in 23 matches, but more importantly 13 different players have scored those 62 goals. Eight different players have three or more goals on the year and six players have five or more goals. The Lady Tigers have 47 assists and 15 different players have recorded assists with seven players having three or more assists to their credit. In C-USA play, nine players had goals and seven have two or more goals.
Not only does the Memphis offense show balance, but the attack has been consistent throughout the season. The Lady Tigers have scored two or more goals in 20 of 23 matches, including each of the last 12 matches.
Defense Wins Championships
Since the 2007 season, the Lady Tiger defense has helped the U of M to an 81-4-5 record when opponents score one or fewer goals. In that same span, Memphis has 59 shutouts. This season, the Memphis defense has allowed just 78 shots on goal. By comparison, opponents have 179 total shots against the U of M this season, but Memphis has 193 shots on goal in 23 matches.
Record Book Rewrite
Elise Kuhar-Pitters began her fifth season in net for the Lady Tigers on the cusp of breaking multiple goalkeeping records. Just seven matches into the season, Kuhar-Pitters grabbed three of the five goalkeeping records at the U of M. With her third-straight shutout at Western Kentucky on Sept. 4, Kuhar-Pitters broke Isabel Birones' record for shutouts and victories in a career. Kuhar-Pitters has 38 career shutouts and 57 victories and program-best 0.76 goals-against average. Kuhar-Pitters is also tops in minutes played and fourth in saves. With 38 career shutouts, Elise Kuhar-Pitters is tied for second in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer record book. Kuhar-Pitters would need six shutouts to tie for first.
Christabel Oduro set an NCAA Tournament single-game record with nine points on Saturday. With four goals, she tied the single-game goals scored mark. In the Memphis record book, Oduro became the third Lady Tiger to score four goals in one match. Oduro's nine points gave tied her with Shelly Heinz for a single-game school record and puts her three points away from the single-season record of 42. With 16 goals this season, Oduro needs two goals to tie for the single-season record. Oduro has shattered the U of M records for goals, game-winning goals and points by a sophomore as well.
Memphis finished the non-conference slate with a perfect 8-0 record, including five shutouts. The Lady Tigers allowed just four goals in the eight matches, the fewest goals scored by non-conference opponents in the 16-year history of the program.
Head Coach Brooks Monaghan
Since taking over the program in 2000, head coach Brooks Monaghan has compiled a record of 147-85-15 in 11 seasons. Monaghan has helped the program claim eight, 11-plus win seasons during his tenure. Monaghan has guided the Lady Tigers to an impressive 108-33-10 (.742) record since 2004. Just in the last four seasons, Memphis is 85-20-7 (.790).
Three...Is The Magic Number
When scoring three or more goals in a match, the U of M carries an 87-6-2 record all-time. Under Head Coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis is 66-3-2. In the past four seasons in which Memphis has five-straight championships, the record when scoring three or more goals is 32-0-2.
Time Is On Our Side
One impressive stat stands out as Memphis has trailed for only 65:01 in 2105:49 minutes.
The Final Countdown
Looking closely at the box score, six of the 11 goals Memphis has allowed this season have come in the final 20 minutes of regulation. The Lady Tigers have scored 15 goals in the final 20 minutes this season, with two key goals coming in the come-from-behind win in overtime against Tulsa in the opening round of the C-USA Tournament.
Christabel Oduro leads the team with 16 goals this season, bettering her goal total from last season (3). Rasheeda Ansari has seven goals on the year giving the sophomore class 23 goals on the season. Of the 23 goals scored by sophomores, nine are game-winners. When Oduro scores, Memphis is 13-0-2 and the Lady Tigers are a perfect 11-0-0 when Ansari finds the back of the net.
New Kids On The Block
Freshmen have combined to score 57 of Memphis' 171 points this season. Natalia Gomez-Junco leads the cast with eight goals and an assist on the season. Kaitlyn Atkins has five goals and five assists and Kelley Gravlin has four goals and four assists. Kylie Davis has chipped in with two goals and five assists and Carly Cassady has added a goal and assist. Katie Donahue also was credited with an assist this season.
Memphis faced its first deficit of the season on Oct. 7 against SMU as the Mustangs took a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Lady Tigers clawed back scoring three goals in a span of 5:43, before the match ended in a 3-3 draw.
The Lady Tigers faced a deficit for the second time in the season as Tulsa grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 50th minute of the opening game of the C-USA Tournament. Memphis responded to tie the game late and take a win with a golden goal by Natalia Gomez-Junco.
Courtesy of research done by CollegeSoccer360.com, the Lady Tigers senior class is ranked 10th in the nation with 68 wins in their time at the U of M. The 2011 senior class set the program record for the most wins by any class with the 2-0 win at UAB on Oct. 27.
Once again, courtesy of research done by CollegeSoccer360.com, the U of M junior class ranks 5th in the nation with 53 wins under their belts. The juniors are tied with Notre Dame and Florida for fourth, but a win percentage of .809 (53-11-4) gives Memphis the edge at fifth.
How Are the Sophomores?
Research by CollegeSoccer360.com shows the sophomore class is fourth in the nation with a record of 37-4-4 (.867) behind Stanford (43-1-3), Oklahoma State (40-5-4) and Dayton (38-7-1).
Best Offense Is A Good Defense
As the saying goes, the best offense is a good defense, which has certainly been a case for the U of M this season. Among 13 players that have played in the back this season, six players have accounted for 41 of Memphis' 171 points. 12 goals and 17 assists have been posted by defensive players on the year. Lizzy Simonin has scored six times this season and when the former forward finds the back of the net, Memphis is 19-1-2.
Memphis has scored 62 goals this season, but looking closely at the time of goals, late in games has been kind to the Lady Tigers. The U of M has scored 15 goals in the final 15 minutes of play or overtime, the most among the six segments of 15 minute increments. Memphis has seven goals from the 1st to 15th minutes, seven goals from 15th to 30th minutes, seven goals from 30th to 45th minutes, 13 goals from the 45th to 60th minute and 13 goals from 60th to 75th minute.
Punch The Time Card
Senior Lizzy Simonin is the only Memphis player to play the full 2106 minutes this season. Seven other players have logged more than 1600 minutes this season.
Natalia Gomez-Junco collected a hat trick in the Oct. 16, 4-0 victory over Tulsa. It was the first hat trick since Kylie Hayes scored three goals in a C-USA Tournament match against Southern Miss in 2007.
Christabel Oduro joined the hat trick fray on Saturday, scoring three goals in the first half alone. Oduro finished with four goals on the match.
Home Field Advantage
After hosting the NCAA Tournament for the first time last week, Memphis will host the second and third rounds this week looking to capitalize on the home field success. Since 2004, Memphis is 57-17-5 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Under head coach Brooks Monaghan, Memphis has a 77-32-7 mark on the home turf.