Sept. 25 C-USA Men's Soccer Notebook

Sept. 25, 2012

IRVING, Texas - Conference USA play kicks into high gear this week as six league matches are on this week's schedule. The league has posted the nation's fourth-best non-conference record at 37-20-10 (.637) and is rated as the country's No. 3 league in the latest Massey Ratings. In addition to league match-ups, Tulsa hosts No. 12 Creighton and UCF welcomes No. 13 Charlotte in non-conference play this week.

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Tulsa, already owners of a win against then-No. 3 New Mexico (UNM's only loss this season), will face off against 2011 College Cup participant Creighton tonight at Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium at 7 p.m. CDT kickoff. The Golden Hurricane has won three of four and has netted 11 goals during its previous two matches.

UCF will look to hand No. 13 Charlotte its second loss of the season Wednesday at 6 p.m. CDT in Orlando. The Knights carry a three-match unbeaten streak into the mid-week match, having scored at least two goals during the streak.

Three C-USA matches dot the Saturday schedule, with FIU heading to South Carolina, Marshall visiting Tulsa and SMU traveling to face No. 23 UAB. Memphis will make the trip to Lexington, Ky., to tangle with Kentucky in the lone Sunday match this week.

Tough Schedules

According the most recent Massey Ratings (9/23), six C-USA teams have played top-50 strength of schedules this season - tied for the most of any league in the country (ACC, Big East). The Massey Ratings currently ranks C-USA as the third-best conference in its power rating, ahead of the Big East, Big West and Big 10, among others. 

Team - SOS

South Carolina - 7

Tulsa - 19

SMU - 23

Kentucky - 33

UCF - 45

UAB - 50

One of the Few

Marshall is one of 12 teams that are still unbeaten during the 2012 season and one of seven with just one tie. The Herd is 6-0-1 for the season. The seven-game unbeaten streak equals the program's longest unbeaten stretch to start a season (2010: 5-0-2). Last season, Marshall put together an eight-match unbeaten streak (7-1-0). The school record unbeaten streak is nine matches (9-0-0) set in 1997.

This week's schedule

Tuesday, September 25                        

Kentucky at IPFW                      12 p.m.

(12) Creighton at (RV) Tulsa          7 p.m.  

Wednesday, September 26                   

(13) Charlotte at UCF                    6 p.m.

Marshall at Memphis*                   7 p.m.

Saturday, September 29                       

FIU at South Carolina*                  6 p.m.

UCF at North Florida                    6 p.m.

Marshall at (RV) Tulsa*                 7 p.m.

SMU at (23) UAB*                        7 p.m.

Sunday, September 30                         

Memphis at Kentucky*             1:30 p.m.


*at SMU 2, South Carolina 1 

*Conference-USA match; all times Central

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