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Women’s soccer aims to keep up winning streak

<p>Sessen Stevens dribbles the ball past the defender. She has started 14 of the 15 games this season.</p>
Sessen Stevens dribbles the ball past the defender. She has started 14 of the 15 games this season.

The University of Memphis women’s soccer team is 9-5-1, with three regular season matches left to play.

The Tigers are on a two-game winning streak heading into their final matches after a win over Temple and a win against UConn over the weekend. They are 3-2-1 in conference play this season and are fourth in the AAC.

          Memphis suffered back-to-back losses on their Florida road trip earlier in the month, losing to the top two AAC teams, USF and UCF. They only managed to score once on that road trip and allowed eight goals.


Jessica Lisi takes a corner kick. Lisi has five goals and five assists through her sophomore campaign.

         They travelled home, four days later to face Temple. Fullback Stasia Malin recorded her seventh assist as Jessica Lisi opened the scoring at home versus Temple in the 28th minute. Sophomore striker, Mikayla Morton extended the lead to 2-0 before the half, thanks to a long ball from playmaker, Marie Levasseur.

Morton returned the favor in the second half when she laid off a pass to Marie Levasseur, who extended the lead to 3-0. Freshman midfielder Osa Iyare recorded her first collegiate point with an assist to Elizabeth Woerner, to finish the match 4-0.

Head coach Brooks Monaghan picked up his 100th conference win in a 3-2 victory over UConn. The Tigers had a fast start in the match as Catherine Levasseur scored in the ninth minute after some finesse passing from sophomore midfielder, Serena Dolan. Dolan added to the stat sheet four minutes later when she slotted the ball into the bottom corner to extend the lead to 2-0.


Elizabeth Woerner chases after the ball against UConn. She leads the team with 10 goals this season.

Woerner notched her team-leading 10th goal of the season after the half to obtain a three-goal advantage over the Huskies. The goal was Woerner’s third game-winning goal of the season. UConn outshot Memphis in the second half and pulled within one, after Yamilee Eveillard’s solo effort.

Freshman goalkeeper, Elizabeth Moberg’s eight saves paired with a solid defensive performance from

center-halves Sydney Kingston and Olivia Gauthier helped the Tigers secure the 3-2 win, on senior day.

The Tigers are on the road for the rest of the 2017 season. They travel to East Carolina this Thursday and wrap up the week at Cincinnati on Sunday. They will finish the season Oct. 27 at Tulsa.

         Memphis has struggled to produce results on the road this season. Opponents have outscored the Tigers 16-7 in those matches. They failed to win a match on the road this season, with a 0-4-0 away record.

         The Tiger have a chance to improve their away record versus Eastern Carolina. The Pirates have been outscored by conference opponents 9-2 and have failed to win an AAC match this season (0-4-0).

         The Tigers will have a tougher time against Cincinnati. The Bearcats, ranked No. 19, boast a 10-1-2 record with their one loss at LSU. The Bearcats are difficult to break down defensively, allowing five goals this season.

 They are ranked seventh in the nation in goals allowed per match (.372). The Bearcats have not allowed a goal in AAC play all season. Cincinnati may have a strong defense, but their offense struggles at times. They have 20 goals this season but have only scored five over the course of four conference matches.

Sessen Stevens dribbles the ball past the defender. She has started 14 of the 15 games this season.

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