Sept. 22, 2009
CONFERENCE USA REGULAR SEASON OPENS FRIDAY
The non-conference regular schedule is in the books and the 2009 Conference USA season will kick off this Friday, Sept. 25. Defending champion Memphis is on the road for a match against a streaking Southern Miss team on Friday, followed by a match Sunday at No. 22 UCF. The Tigers (automatic bid) and Knights (at-large berth) both made an appearance in the 2008 NCAA Championship. Sunday's 2009 match-up will be televised by CBS College Sports Network to be shown Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. EDT/6 p.m. CDT. (Complete television schedule on page 3.)
The 2008 regular season co-champion East Carolina Pirates are home to welcome Rice and Houston, respectively. That pair will also travel to Marshall over the weekend. Colorado College will host SMU on Friday, while UTEP entertains Tulsa to open the season. ECU will be wearing and then auctioning off pink jerseys worn for their C-USA season opener with Rice. All proceeds will go to Riley's Army, benefitting the families of children who are battling cancer.
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Friday, Sept. 25
Rice at East Carolina - 3:00p
Memphis at Southern Miss - 4:00p
SMU at Colorado College - 5:00p
UAB at (22) UCF - 6:00p
Houston at Marshall - 7:00p
Tulsa at UTEP - 8:00p
Sunday, Sept. 27
Houston at East Carolina - 10:30a
Rice at Marshall - 11:00a
Memphis at (22) UCF - Noon
Tulsa at Colorado College - 1:00p
UAB at Southern Miss - 2:00p
SMU at UTEP - 2:00p
Conference Matches listed in Bold.
C-USA OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CHELSEA WINBUSH, UTEP
Senior, MF, Allen, Texas
Winbush scored twice and added an assist to lead UTEP to a 4-2 victory at Texas State on Sunday. The Miners faced an early deficit in the game, but Winbush set up teammate Skye Schultz's match-tying goal with a nice cross into the area. Winbush then afforded UTEP its first lead of the game by blistering a shot past the TSU keeper four minutes later. In the second half, after TSU scored to climb within a goal at 3-2, Winbush put the game out of reach with her second strike on the day. UTEP has now posted a school-record-setting eight straight seasons with a winning mark in non-league action. This is Winbush's first Player of the Week award of the season and third of her career. She was a 2008 Offensive Player of the Week and 2006 Defensive Player of the Week.
C-USA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
LIZ HAMLIN, SOUTHERN MISS
Senior, D, Kenner, La.
Hamlin played all 90 minutes anchoring a Golden Eagle back line that did not allow a shot in a 4-0 shutout over Mississippi Valley State Sunday afternoon. In addition, she also assisted on the first two goals of the afternoon, including the eventual game-winner in the 55th minute for her first points of the season. This is Hamlin's first career C-USA Player of the Week honor.
* UTEP picked up its third-straight victory with a 4-2 road win at Texas State. Senior MF Chelsea Winbush (Allen, Texas) scored twice and assisted on a goal.
* With 1:43 remaining in the second overtime, East Carolina's Amanda Broz (Spring, Texas) headed a ball past the UNC Wilmington goalkeeper to give ECU a 4-3 victory. The goal is the sixth of Broz' career and her fourth game-winner.
* Memphis junior F Amanda Olszewski (Pickerington, Ohio) netted the game-winning goal in the 35th minute on a rebounded shot by junior F Melissa Smith (Exeter, Ontario) as the Tigers shutout Evansville, 4-0. Smith also scored the fourth goal of the match in the 80th minute. Sophomore GK Jordan Boyle (Edmonton, Alberta) was credited with her fourth-career shutout.
* Southern Miss also posted a 4-0 shutout against visiting Mississippi Valley State Sunday, outshooting the Valley 34-0. Sophomore Jordan Gauthier (Lafayette, La.) scored the game-winner in the 55th minute as she broke away on a long pass. Classmate Stefani Buller (Denton, Texas) scored twice within about a minute of each other, for the third and fourth goals.
* Southern Miss scored four goals in 11 minutes before rain and lightning suspended Friday's match with Alcorn State. The schools are trying to reschedule for another date. The Golden Eagles had to cancel a match with Ole Miss earlier this season because of weather. Additionally, Southern Miss' Sept. 13 match at UT-Martin was originally recorded as a loss, but head coach Scott Ebke filed a protest for illegal player substitutions. The Golden Eagles won the appeal and the loss was erased from their record and will attempt to be rescheduled.
* Marshall MF Sarah Vinson (Amelia, Ohio) scored her second goal of the season but Western Kentucky handed the Herd a 4-1 loss, their first of the season, in the final day of the University of Kentucky Tournament. Vinson's goal was scored off an Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa.) corner kick. DeSumma is tied for eighth nationally in assists per game (0.75) as she tallied her second of the weekend to bring her season total to a conference-leading six.
* UAB played No. 8 Wake Forest to more than 84 scoreless minutes Saturday before the Demon Deacons netted the game-winner in a 1-0 decision. The Blazers concluded their non-conference season at 6-2 with the two losses both to Top 10 nationally-ranked teams.
* SMU scored three second-half goals and posted a 4-2 victory over UTSA on Friday. Leslie Briggs (Carrollton, Texas) and Kenzie Scovill (Lewisville, Texas) each scored their third goals of the season. SMU played No. 2 Portland on Sunday in a rematch of the 1995 NCAA College Cup Semifinal.
* Rice senior Alexa Coralli (Plano, Texas) scored a dramatic, game-tying goal in the 89th minute, but neither the Owls nor New Mexico could get the upper-hand in overtime as the squads battled to a 1-1 tie Friday. Coralli scored off a corner kick from Hope Ward (Kingwood, Texas).
* Colorado College sophomore D Beth Wright (Redmond, Wash.) and juniors Emily Beans (Griffith, Ind.) and Tiffany Brown (Sterling, Va.) each scored a goal and was credited with an assist in a 4-0 shutout of visiting New Hampshire on Friday.
* Reigning NSCAA National Player of the Week Aline Reis (Campinas, Brazil) made three saves for No. 19 UCF, but the Knights dropped a 1-0 decision to No. 13 South Carolina. It was UCF's fourth nationally-ranked opponent in its last seven matches.