C-USA Men's Soccer Championship
Nov. 9, 2011
No. 5 seed SMU won its second Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship title, 2-0, over No. 2 seed UAB Sunday at Hurricane Soccer Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. With the win, the Mustangs earn an automatic berth into the NCAA DI Men's Soccer Championship. Match recaps are below.
C-USA Men's Soccer Championship All-Tournament Team
C-USA Men's Soccer Championship
Game 5 - No. 5 SMU 2, No. 2 UAB 0
TULSA, Okla. - No. 5 seed SMU won its second Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship title, 2-0, over No. 2 seed UAB Sunday at Hurricane Soccer Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. With the win, the Mustangs earn an automatic berth into the NCAA DI Men's Soccer Championship.Box Score
SMU had the better of the run of play for large portions of the first half, including a blast from midfielder Arthur Ivo from 10 yards out in the 27th minute that was turned away by UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski then cleared by defender Darion Copeland.
Ivo would factor in the game's first goal in the 34rd minute, sending a direct kick from the right edge of the box that found the foot of forward Ben Hill, who redirected the ball into the net from at the back post. Ivo was the player who had drawn the foul against the UAB.
SMU would force four saves from Woszczyski in the first half as five of its seven shots were on goal. UAB put two or its five shots on target during the opening period.
SMU kept up its pressure after the break as Adam Still's shot hit the cross bar in the 48th minute before UAB swept away the rebound. Ivo again would present problems for UAB in the 55th minute when his left-footed shot from 18 yards out hit the left post.
The Mustangs would take a 2-0 lead when Aaron Simmons headed home an Ivo corner kick in the 59th minute.
Woszczynski prevented more damage in the 65th minute, closing the gap on SMU midfielder Damian Rosales and wiping out his shot attempt from 15 yards out.
UAB would pressure forward during the waning moments, but could not beat SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra, who saved a header from All-C-USA striker Babayele Sodade in the 85th minute.
All told, SMU took 21 shots, with nine of them coming on goal. UAB finished with 17 shots shots, with five on goal.
C-USA teams will learn their tournament fates during the NCAA DI men's soccer selection show which will take place at 4:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com.
Game 4 - No. 2 UAB 1, No. 3 UCF 0
TULSA, Okla. - No. 2 seed UAB advanced to the C-USA Men's Soccer Championship final with its 1-0 win over No. 3 seed UAB Friday night at Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.
All-conference striker Babayele Sodade arched a ball from Moses Adeniran into the upper right 90, out of the reach of UCF goalkeeper Sebastian Evers, in the 12th minute of play for the only goal of the match.
UCF would apply ample pressure to the Blazer's defense following the goal, forcing UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski to make 11 saves in the match. The shot total in the first half showed UAB with a 9-7 edge, but UCF held a 8-1 advantage after the intermission, including six on goal.
Woszczynski was up to the challenge, controlling the penalty area and making a few sensational stops to preserve the clean sheet.
Six different Knights posted a shot on goal, while UAB managed just two for the match.
UAB advances to the championship game against No. 5 seed SMU at 1 p.m. Sunday. The match will be aired on CBS Sports Network.
Game 3 - No. 5 SMU 1, No. 1 South Carolina 0
TULSA, Okla. - No. 5 seed SMU advancedto the C-USA Men's Soccer Championship final with its 1-0 win over No. 1 seed South Carolina Friday night at Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.
SMU forward Ben Hill flicked home the game's only goal in the 27th minute from two yards out off a feed from T.J. Nelson. The goal was Hill's second of the season.
South Carolina generated the bulk of the shots, outshooting SMU 13-6 during the match, but managed to put just four on target while SMU placed three shots on goal.
The Gamecocks also managed to hold a 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Hill led the Mustangs with three shots and goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra made four stops, including a point-blank effort from Chipper Root.
SMU will face the winner of No. 2 UAB and No. 3 UCF at 1 p.m. CST Sunday. The match will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Game 1 - No. 5 SMU 4, No. 4 Marshall 3
TULSA, Okla. - No. 5 seed SMU advanced to the first semifinal of the 2011 C-USA Men's Soccer Championship with a 4-3 win over No. 4 Marshall Wednesday evening at Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium in Tulsa, Okla.
The back-and-forth scoring started in the 13th minute with all-conference performer Arthur Ivo netted his seventh goal of the season, sliding a shot from the right side past Marshall goalkeeper Daniel Withrow.
Five minutes later, Marshall's Tom Jackson found the equalizer pushing home a rebound just in front of goal off of a Devin Perkins attempt.
The Thundering Herd would take the lead in the 56th minute when a Matt Risher cross from the right flank was altered by the wind, hit the far post and bound into the goal.
Six minutes later SMU would tie the match when Tyler Engel put the ball into an open net after Withrow came out to play Zach Barnes on the dribble.
SMU would push the lead to 3-2 when Arthur Ivo converted a penalty kick in the 69th minute and then to 4-2 in the 76th on the third Ivo goal of the match. Ivo side-footed a Robbie Derschang pass into the back of the net from 10 yards out.
"Really, it comes down to Marshall," said SMU head coach Tim McClements. "They really did a great job against us. They're very disruptive and they fight so hard. When they got the goal, we thought we were playing very well in the first half. We score a nice goal, then we concede. Then we come back out in the second half and give up another goal. Credit to Marshall, they kept battling all the way through. We were very fortunate that we were able to get the equalizer, and then after that we kind of got on a roll. But just like they always do, they battled back and they're right in it all the way to the end. It was very difficult for us. You think when you score four goals you'd be able to rest some players, but it was a nail-biter the whole time."
Marshall would pull a goal back in the 79th minute, but could not find another.
SMU advances to face No. 1 seed South Carolina at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the first semifinal match. That match can be viewed live on the C-USA Digital Network.
Game 2 - No. 3 UCF 4, No. 6 Memphis 3 (OT)
TULSA, Okla. - No. 3 seed UCF edged No. 6 seed Memphis, 4-3, in overtime to advance to the semifinals of the 2011 C-USA Men's Soccer Championship in Tulsa, Okla.
The goal-for-goal contest saw four goals during the first half, two by each team. UCF striker McKauly Tulloch opened the scoring in the 13th minute after receiving a through ball from All-C-USA midfielder Kevan George and slotting it into the goal from two yards out.
Six minutes later, Memphis tied the match when Lewis Ellis bent a free kick from 20 yards out into the upper left 90.
UCF wasted little time regaining the lead, scoring in the 21st minute when Malcolm Reed punched home the rebound from a Tulloch shot. The lead would be erased four minutes before the half on a converted penalty kick by Memphis' Thomas Shannon after a UCF hand ball in the box.
Each side would strike once in the second half.
Tulloch netted his second goal in the 62nd minute of play, heading in a cross from Spencer Scott to give the Knights a 3-2 lead.
Memphis, who owned a 24-7 shot advantage during the match, leveled the score at three in the 89th minute as Chandler Gagnon headed home a Jordan Johnson service.
Tulloch would record the second hat trick in as many C-USA Championship matches in the 95th minute when an attempted clearance fell to his left foot and he curled it past the Memphis goalkeeper for the winner.
"It was very emotional," said UCF head coach Bryan Cunningham. "We were pretty fortunate. We have a pretty experienced team. We were here a year ago and this group was here as freshmen. You never want to give up the tying goal with less than a minute to go, but the players regrouped before we went back out. When you give up a goal like that you get a little bit worried, but I give my guys credit. They battled and were able to get one chance and one goal."
UCF advances to the second semifinal to face No. 2 UAB Friday at 7:30 p.m. The match will be shown on the C-USA Digital Network.
The championship is set for Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m. (CST) and will be aired on the CBS Sports Network. The quarterfinals and semifinals will be streamed through the All-Access package on the C-USA Digital Network. Conference USA's official website, www.ConferenceUSA.com, will provide updates, box scores, recaps and photos from all five matches. There will also be updates on Conference USA's official Facebook page and Twitter account @ConferenceUSA1.
Defending champion South Carolina is this year's No. 1 seed while UAB is the No. 2 seed. Both schools have a bye into Friday's semifinals. Opening round matches will feature No. 4 Marshall vs. No. 5 SMU at 5 p.m. and No. 3 UCF vs. No. 6 Memphis at 7:30 p.m.