Mustangs set sights on rematch against UCF in second round

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Taylor Barg scored a goal in Friday’s 3-0 win over Temple in the first round of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament.

On Friday, SMU cruised by Temple University in the first round of the inaugural American Athletic Conference Tournament with a 3-0 win.

“I felt like we took care of business pretty well,” Head Coach Chris Petrucelli said. “We got two in the first half and we were able to manage the game after that.”

Rikki Clarke and Taylor Barg scored a goal a piece for the Mustangs, but Temple gave SMU the lead early in the game with an own goal at the 20:33 mark.

With the victory, SMU moved into the quarterfinals of the tournament and faced No. 17 University of Central Florida. The game took place on Sunday at Florida and the results of the game can be found online.

SMU played UCF in Dallas earlier last week in what resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Mustangs.

“I think UCF has proven they’re a very good team,” Petrucelli said. “They’ll have to beat the same team twice in a week, which will be tough. It should be a good game.”

Heading into Sunday’s matchup, the Mustangs held a record of 5-9 versus the Knights. Prior to last week’s 1-0 loss to UCF in SMU’s regular season finale, the Mustangs had won the previous two regular season matchups.

Last season UCF played spoiler in the Mustangs’ final appearance in the Conference USA Championship — defeating SMU 2-0 in the semifinals of the tournament.

UCF finished the regular season undefeated with a record of 8-0-1 to win the American Athletic Conference regular season title.

With a win, the Mustangs would advance to the semifinals to take on the winner of the matchup between No. 5 seed USF and No. 4 seed UConn Friday at 4 p.m.

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