Men lose to Memphis, prepare for tournament
Published: Sunday, November 4, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The No.14 Mustangs fell to Memphis 2-1 Friday in the regular season finale after clinching the Conference USA regular season title earlier in the week.
SMU is now 6-2 in C-USA with a 10-4-3 overall record.
"It's a tough loss on the road," head coach Tim McClements told SMU Athletics.
“We need to learn, move on and get ready for the conference tournament."
Even though the game had no effect on the Mustangs moving forward, the loss was still disappointing.
SMU played well and scored first in the 29th minute. The team held that lead up until the end of the first half when Memphis evened things out with a seven-yard header by leading scorer Mark Sherrod.
In the 74th minute Sherrod was taken down inside the box and was awarded a penalty kick.
Goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra anticipated a shot left, but Sherrod took it the other way to lift Memphis over SMU.
Despite the loss the Mustangs are the No.1 seed and will have a first round bye in the C-USA tournament that will be held in Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday.
The Mustangs standouts this season have been sophomore forward Tyler Engel and Ibarra.
Ibarra has compiled six shut-outs this year and has a save percentage of 82.2 percent. Engel is the team’s leading scorer with 22 points and eight goals.