The Mustangs were 2-0 last week, defeating conference opponents Memphis and Connecticut to extend their winning streak to seven games. The team broke into the NSCAA Coaches Poll at No. 21 Tuesday following their success, appearing in the poll for the first time since Sept. 1. SMU is also listed at No. 19 in the College Soccer News Top 30 National Poll.
Mauro Chichero was the star, scoring a goal in each game and earning the College Soccer News National Player of the Week award for his efforts. Goalkeeper Michael Nelson also played well, recording his fifth shutout of the season and earning American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week honors. He leads the conference in saves with 42 and has a .750 save percentage thus far.
SMU improved its record to 9-2-2 and 4-0 in conference play with just four games remaining. The team will travel to Cincinnati on Oct. 17 to take on the Bearcats. The Mustangs will then return to Westcott Field on Oct. 21 to play Tulsa.
SMU beat Houston 1-0 Friday to improve to 5-6-3 on the season and 2-2-1 in the AAC.
Paige Jacobs’ goal in the 30th minute, her fifth of the season, gave the Mustangs the win. Houston only managed to get three shots off, highlighting SMU’s strong defensive performance.
The Mustangs, who are tied for sixth in the conference, have two home matches coming up this week. They will play UCF on Oct. 15 and USF on Oct. 18.
SMU was 2-0 over the weekend, defeating Temple on Friday and Connecticut on Sunday. The team received votes in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll this week after extending their winning streak to five games and completing three consecutive three-set matches.
The win over Temple handed the Owls their first conference loss of the season, giving the Mustangs a share of the lead in the conference standings. Setter Avery Acker, the preseason favorite for conference MVP, is second in the NCAA in assists this season.
The team will travel to UCF Oct. 16 and then USF Oct. 18, hoping to add to their 15-3 record this season and break into the top 25 in next week’s rankings.