Mustangs end season on strong performance

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SMU scored a couple of early goals and shut out Cincinnati to win 2-0 on Senior Night on Saturday.

The victory moves the Mustangs to 4-2-2 in conference play- making them the No. 3 seed in the American Athletic Conference tournament.

Cincinnati’s record of 2-5-1 makes it the No. 7 seed.

“It’s our home field so you want to always get a win at Westcott and protect your home territory so we went right after Cincinnati right from the first whistle and tried to get on top of them early,” Head Coach Tim McClements said. “We were very fortunate to score two goals in the first half. Things got a little rough toward the end, unfortunately, but we were able to hold on and get the victory so that’s what’s important.”

SMU received goals from senior Damian Rosales and junior Idrissa Camara in a span of 10 minutes.

Camara converted off a cross from Jared Rice in the 29th minute for his team-leading seventh goal this season.

“I think it’s very rare for someone who steps in and puts that quality of service in game in and game out and he’s [Rice] done it,” McClements said. “We’re very proud of him for his contributions offensively on our team, from a left back that’s impressive.”

Rosales found the back of the net in the 37th minute for his fourth goal of the season.

SMU red-shirt freshman goalkeeper Michael Nelson only needed to make three saves as SMU held a 5-3 shots on goal advantage over Cincinnati.

Before their final home regular season game, seniors Rosales, Andrew Morales, Edu Aranda and Will Smith were recognized for their time on the team.

“We’re very confident

, we’ve just got to take it one game at a time,” McClements said. “We will start preparing for it right away.”

The Mustangs host the No. 6 seed UCF, in the quarterfinals of The American tournament on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. CT. Live stats and video will be available on SMUMustangs.com.

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