Senior Caty Butler
Sept. 28, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - No. 25 Memphis (7-3, 3-0 C-USA) scored two second half goals and held off East Carolina (6-5, 2-1 C-USA) 2-0 on Friday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Lady Tigers secured their fifth-straight win, while the Pirates had their three-game win streak snapped. East Carolina hit iron three times in the match with two shots bouncing off the posts and one off the crossbar, but Christa Strickland made three big saves to secure her first career shutout.
Carly Cassady sparked the Lady Tigers' offense as she set up a goal for Christabel Oduro. Cassady dribbled down the left side and served a cross inside the six-yard box, where Oduro was able to touch it past the Pirate keeper Christiane Cordero for her eighth goal this season.
Emily Adamic gave the Lady Tigers a 2-0 lead with her first career goal in the 64th minute. Memphis received a free kick on the right side of the 18-yard box and Natalia Gomez-Juncosent the free kick into the six-yard area where Adamic got the touch past the keeper for the goal.
With 11 minutes remaining, East Carolina hit iron for the first of three times as Kelly Johnson rocketed a shot that clanked off the crossbar before the Tigers cleared it out. Trailing 2-0, East Carolina nearly cut the lead in half off a free kick from 35 yards away. Danielle Romano played the kick and sent it directly toward the goal, but the shot found the left post and the Tigers kept the 2-0 lead. In the first half, Hali Oughton hit the right post with a shot.
East Carolina was quick to attack the Memphis defense, earning a corner kick 54 seconds into the match. The corner didn't result in a shot, but the Pirates remained on the attack as Kelly Miller had the first shot on goal in the ninth minute.
Memphis had their chances as well, racking up 11 first half shots, but with just two on goal. Off a U of M corner in the fourth minute, Marissa Duguay put a header on frame, but an East Carolina defender standing on the goal line headed the shot away for the team save. In the 38th minute, Memphis sent a barrage of three shots toward the net with Cordero making one save and the Pirates defense blocking the other two.
The Pirates will travel to UAB on Sunday, Sept. 30 for a 2 p.m. (ET) start.