Aug. 24, 2012
Record crowds were on hand to watch Conference USA women's soccer action Friday night. SMU won its home opener for first-year Coach Chris Petrucelli with a 2-1 victory against Oral Roberts. Junior Taylor Robinson returned from a knee injury that sidelined her last season to put the Mustangs on the board first, while senior Kenzie Scovill also scored. A couple of late games went into extra time, as Rice played LSU to a tie and Colorado College knotted Northern Colorado. Rice played to a 1-1 tie in front of a LSU record 2,624 fans and through a rainy second-half. Owl freshman Holly Hargreaves scored her first career goal and GK Amy Czyz was credited with 11 saves. CC jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the host got on the scoreboard twice to tie the match. Tulsa played Notre Dame in front of a record crowd of 1,707, while 1,310 fans were on hand for No. 9 UCF's home opener. The Knights hosted No. 3 Florida State, falling to a 1-0 loss on the only shot the Seminoles were able to get past the UCF defense.
Complete Women's Soccer Standings
Friday, August 24
SMU 2, Oral Roberts 1
(3) Florida State 1, (9) UCF 0
Rice 1, LSU 1 (2OT)
Notre Dame 2, Tulsa 0
Colorado College 2, Northern Colorado 2 (2OT)
Louisiana Tech 3, Southern Miss 1
Wednesday, August 22
East Carolina 1, Old Dominion 0
13th Annual Border Shootout, El Paso, Texas
UTEP 3, Texas State 1
C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER SHOOTING STARS
- SMU won its season opener Friday with a 2-1 shutout of Oral Roberts. Junior Taylor Robinson, who sat out all of last season with a knee injury, scored the Mustangs' first goal of the season when senior MF Mallory Baum found Robinson streaking through the middle of the pitch, where the midfielder drilled home a goal at the 25:12 mark from about 22 yards out. SMU struck again at the 81:50 mark off of a header directly in front of goal by senior F Kenzie Scovill, who was fed a perfect ball by junior D Courtney Smith from the left side. Freshman GK Shannon Moroney made her first-career start in goal for the Mustangs and recorded four saves.
- Sophomore F Jessie Ayers and senior F Brittney Lyman staked Colorado College to a 2-0 lead, but host Northern Colorado struck for a pair of goals in the second half to forge a 2-2 tie on Friday. Lyman became the 13th player in CC history to reach the 20-goal plateau when her header off a cross from junior D Sarah Haizlip found the net in the 52nd minute. She also moved into a tie for 19th place on the program's all-time points list with 44.
- Rice battled host LSU to a 1-1 tie before their home record-breaking crowd of 2,624 fans in Baton Rouge, La.
Not only did the Owls play before a rowdy home-Tiger crowd, the Blue & Gray did so in a heavy rain that fell for most of the second half, as well as playing the final 25 minutes down a player after being assessed a red card.
Rice got on the scoreboard early in the 16th minute when freshman Holly Hargreaves took possession of the ball in LSU's half and blasted away with a shot attempt from 35-yards out for her first career goal. GK Amy Czyz registered a new career-high of 11 saves, which is the most by an Owl keeper in four years and the fourth-highest single-game total in school history.
- In a battle of Top 10 programs, No. 9 UCF lost a hard-fought, 1-0 decision to No. 3 Florida State in the Knights' home opener in front of 1,310 fans. The Seminoles scored on the only shot they got past the UCF defense in 90 minutes.
- A record 1,707 fans packed the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium, but Tulsa fell to perennial power Notre Dame, 2-0, on Friday.
- East Carolina freshman Kendall Frey scored her first collegiate goal as the Pirates defeated future C-USA foe Old Dominion in Wednesday's home opener. After an ECU corner kick was cleared by ODU to midfield, sophomore D Danielle Romano served a pass to classmate Kelly Miller, who then sent a center pass from the right that Frey headed into the right side of the goal for the would-be game-winner in the 70th minute.
- Senior MF Tess Hall scored twice while sophomore MF Mackenzie German also found the back of the net to help lead the UTEP soccer team to an impressive 3-1 victory against Texas State in its home opener at University Field Wednesday.
Sunday, August 26
Marshall at Ohio - Noon
(RV) Miami at (9) UCF - Noon
13th Annual Border Shootout, El Paso, Texas
Army at UTEP - Noon
East Carolina at Notre Dame - 1:00p
Houston at North Texas - 1:00p
Alabama at UAB - 1:00p
Nicholls State at Tulsa - 2:00p
Southern Miss at SE Louisiana - 4:00p
Rice at McNeese State - 6:00p
Arkansas at SMU - 7:00p
Conference USA Matches in Bold.
All Times Central
More information on this weekend's matches and your favorite teams can be found on the school websites:
Colorado College | East Carolina | Houston | Marshall | Memphis | Rice
SMU | Southern Miss | Tulsa | UAB | UCF | UTEP