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USA Soccer Turns Right for Knight Rodriguez

Nov. 1, 2012

Bill Knight, El Paso Times, Texas

Soccer

SMU sent shockwaves skittering through the quarterfinal round of the Conference USA soccer tournament Wednesday.

The Mustangs, seeded seventh, sent the second-seeded and conference co-champion Rice Owls back to Houston with a dominating 3-1 win at University Field.

SMU, now 9-7-4 on the season, advances to play UCF on Friday in the semifinals.

"Physically, we were pretty good," said SMU coach Chris Petrucelli. "We fought for balls. We played a little different in the second half. We played a lot more conservatively. We defended well. The credit goes to our defense. The last time we played them we gave up three (in a 3-2 loss in Houston)."

"The first half we were kind of slow," said SMU's Rikki Clarke. "The

second half we definitely came out hard. We had people coming off the bench and playing well. On my goal, Courtney (Smith) threw it in and it hit off somebody. I was facing our goal. I gave it a touch to the left and put it in."

Rice is coached by Nicky Thrasher Adams, a graduate of Franklin High School.

Colorado College 2,Houston 1

Top-seeded Colorado College wiggled out of the upset trap by the narrowest of margins ... surviving when junior defender Katie Uyenishi scored on a header with just four seconds remaining in its quarterfinal match with eighth-seeded Houston.

Colorado College, now 14-3-4, outshot the Cougars 15-7 and 10-5 in shots on goal. But Houston, now 7-9-3, hung around and hung around and almost

got this one into overtime.

Tulsa 2,East Carolina 1 (OT)

Fifth-seeded Tulsa scored a mild upset, knocking out fourth-seeded East Carolina in the sixth minute of overtime, and scoring the win.

Rebecca Handley headed in a corner kick from Jordan O'Brien 5:48 into the first overtime to send the Hurricane into the semifinals against Colorado College on Friday.

UCF 2, Memphis 0

Third-seeded UCF dominated sixth-seeded Memphis in the final game of the day, taking a win over the defending tournament champions.

Andrea Rodriguez got the Knights on the board in the 15th minute and Tishia Jewell gave them an insurance marker in the 59th minute. UCF outshot Memphis 23-8 and got the better of the Tigers 15-2 in shots on goal.



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Source: (c) 2012 the El Paso Times (El Paso, Texas)


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