The Mustangs won their only game of the week against conference foe Cincinnati, a 1-0 double overtime thriller. It was the team’s fourth double overtime game of the season, which improved their record to 10-2-2 on the year.
Sophomore forward Mauro Cichero scored the winning goal on a header in the box off of a throw-in by Jared Rice. Goalkeeper Michael Nelson recorded his sixth shutout of the season.
“We constantly remind the players that adversity builds character and good teams find ways to win in difficult situations,” said Head Coach Kevin Hudson when asked about the win. The team will host Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. and then travel to USF on Saturday, Oct. 24, hoping to stay atop the conference standings.
SMU checks in at No. 12 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and No. 13 in the College Soccer News National Poll this week.
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The lady Mustangs lost two hard-fought games this week to conference opponents UCF and USF. With the losses, they fell to 5-8-3 on the season and 2-4-1 in the AAC.
The 2-1 loss to UCF came in overtime when Carol Rodrigues scored her tenth goal of the season for the Knights. SMU defender Haley Thompson scored the only goal for the Mustangs, the first of her career.
The team fell 2-0 to No. 20 USF on Sunday. The Bulls scored two goals in the first half and despite tallying nine shots in the second half, SMU was unable to score.
The Mustangs will go on the road to take on Temple on Thursday, Oct. 22 and Connecticut on Sunday, Oct. 25.