Sept. 21, 2012
Colorado College, East Carolina, Memphis, Rice and UAB picked up wins in the opening night of Conference USA play. Colorado College extended its win streak to five matches with a 2-1 road victory at Marshall on the strength of two goals from sophomore Jessie Ayers. Memphis earned its first victory over a Top 10 opponent, defeating No. 6 UCF in overtime, 2-1. Kylie Davis scored the golden goal for U of M. East Carolina, Rice and UAB each shut out their respective opponents, 1-0, in front of home fans. In the other conference opener, Houston and SMU traded goals and eventually ended deadlocked in a 2-2 tie.
Complete Women's Soccer Standings
Women's Soccer Season Statistics
Friday, September 21
Colorado College 2, Marshall 1
East Carolina 1, UTEP 0
SMU 2, Houston 2 (2OT)
(RV) Memphis 2, (6) UCF 1 (OT)
Rice 1, Tulsa 0
UAB 1, Southern Miss 0
C-USA WOMEN'S SOCCER SHOOTING STARS
- Memphis 2, No. 6 UCF 1 (OT): Memphis sophomore F/MF Kylie Davis' golden goal in the 92nd minute helped Memphis to its first win over a top-10 foe as the Tigers came back to defeat No. 6 UCF, 2-1, Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Trailing 1-0 at the half, Memphis tallied the equalizer in the 71st minute before Davis lifted Memphis to the win. Junior Christabel Oduro found free space on the left side and played a swift touch inside the box where Davis slipped past the Knights defense to send the winner to the right post. It was Davis' fourth goal on the year and Oduro registered her third assist. UCF got on the scoreboard first when senior Nicolette Radovcic scored her sixth goal of the year, and third match in a row with a goal, when Carleigh Williams served her the ball. Following back-to-back corner kicks, Memphis freshman Sarah Daane gathered the deflection five yards from the top of the box and finished a rocket inside the left post for the equalizer. The Tigers are now unbeaten in their last 10 conference openers. For Memphis, it is the third overtime match in five home encounters against the Knights, who snapped a five-match unbeaten streak.
- Colorado College 2, Marshall 1: CC sophomore MF Jessie Ayers scored a pair of second-half goals for the Tigers to extend their win streak to five matches with a 2-1 victory over Marshall. Ayers, the 2011 C-USA Midfielder and Freshman of the Year, tied the game in the 64th minute when she pounced on a pass from junior F Lynn Froetscher and put a rocket into the top right corner. With a little more than 10 minutes remaining in the contest, Ayers converted on a pass from senior F Brittney Lyman for her fifth goal of the year, first game-winning goal of the season and the second game-winner of her career. It marked the first time Ayers has scored two goals in a game. The Thundering Herd grabbed an early lead when senior F Chelsey Maiden scored on the rebound of her own shot for her team-best third goal of the season.
- East Carolina 1, UTEP 0: Sophomore MF Lexi Miller scored her team leading third goal of the season to help the East Carolina to a 1-0 victory over UTEP. Early in the first half, Miller netted her second game-winning strike of the year. Redshirt sophomore D Danielle Romano placed a corner kick to the back side of the box where Miller headed the ball down to the ground past the UTEP keeper for the lone goal of the match. UTEP, who averages 16 shots per game, was held to just nine (five on goal) as it snapped a three-match win streak. Junior Pirate GK Christiane Cordero recorded five saves during 90 minutes on the pitch, while her counterpart sophomore Sarah Dilling suffered just her third loss of the year allowing one goal and posting three saves.
- Rice 1, Tulsa 0: Rice freshman F Holly Hargreaves scored in the sixth minute of the contest, and the Owls soccer team hung-on for a dramatic 1-0 victory over visiting Tulsa. The Owls turned-up the offensive pressure early and jumped on the scoreboard with the team's fastest goal of the year. In the sixth minute, freshman F Danielle Spriggs made a long dribble down the left sideline and crossed the ball to sophomore Quinney Truong in front of the Tulsa goal. The Golden Hurricane defense closing-in fast, Truong headed a shot high that had a chance to beat the keeper on the right side. The ball, however, was a little too wide and deflected off the post. Hargreaves opportunistically played the rebound and quickly converted on a shot from six yards out that found the back of the net. Hargreaves notched her team-leading fifth goal of the season and, only 10 games into the season, Hargreaves' five goals are already the most by a Rice freshman in five years. The Owls have won each of their last three C-USA openers dating back to 2010. Tulsa senior GK Katie Bykowski logged all 90 minutes in goal and picked up 10 saves.
- UAB 1, Southern Miss 0: UAB opened its Conference USA schedule with a 1-0 win over Southern Miss at West Campus Field. After UAB had a strong first half, freshman MF Paige Hanks scored her second goal of the season late in the 54th minute. Hanks took a pass from junior D Sam Bradford and beat the Southern Miss keeper to take a shot at the open net. Freshman GK Courtnie Northern earned her second win of the season and first career shutout. Northern made three saves on the night, including two scrambles in front of the net late in the second half to preserve the score.
- Houston 2, SMU 2: Houston and SMU traded goals on the night and ended the match deadlocked 2-2 in the C-USA opener at Houston. Senior F Katelyn Rhodes put the Cougars on the scoreboard first in the 16th minute, and UH held the league through the half. SMU senior F Kenzie Scovill tied it up 2:11 after the break for her fifth goal of the season. Less than two minutes later, junior MF Jasmine Martinez gave UH the lead again for just two minutes when SMU answered with a goal from sophomore MF Rikki Clarke (her first of the season).
Sunday, September 23
Colorado College at East Carolina - 11:00a
UTEP at Marshall - Noon
Tulsa at Houston - 1:00p
Southern Miss at (RV) Memphis - 1:00p
SMU at Rice - 1:00p
(6) UCF at UAB - 1:00p
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