Memphis watched another team represent well after Women's soccer got another win early in their season.
The latest victory for Memphis Women's soccer was a 1-0 result against the UCF Knights from March 7. The win kept the Tigers perfect at home, improving to 3-0. Memphis (3-1, 2-0) earned the win after holding off Central Florida's attempts at a score.
How it happened for Memphis
Neither team could find the net in a stalemate of a first half. Memphis got the first and only score on the account of freshman midfielder Grace Story. Story scored in the 56th minute after she was assisted by Kimberley Smit. Story earned her second goal in her freshman season.
UCF did not back down. The Knights more than doubled their shot count in the second half. However, Memphis totaled more shots, 21, and corner kicks, 9, in both halves.
The UofM had only two shots on goal from the UCF Knights and Memphis managed to stop both of them. Central Florida had saved nine of the 10 shots on goal sent by the Tigers. But the one shot they could not stop was the one that proved to be enough.
UCF tallied less penalties, having nine compared to the 14 by Memphis.
This win extended the Tigers' winning streak against UCF to three, dating back to 2018.
The good standings for the Tigers
Stordy earned the AAC rookie of the week following her efforts in the win against UCF. Goalkeeper Elizabeth Moberg also got recognition, making the AAC honor roll.
Memphis has remained in contention for leading the conference. The Tigers are one of two remaining undefeated teams in AAC games, the other being South Florida. Memphis is tied with the Bulls for the top-spot in the AAC.
This win also put Memphis back to a win streak, following a previous 3-1 loss to Ole Miss. Before that, Memphis defeated Tulsa 2-0 and UAB 3-0.
The road ahead
The next game for the Tigers is a home game against Houston (2-1-1, 0-1) set for Mar. 14.
Memphis is scheduled for a four-game away streak following the Houston Cougars match. The upcoming tests include games in: Cincinnati to challenge the UC Bearcats, Philadelphia to face Temple, Nashville to play Vanderbilt and Tampa to battle competitor USF.
The Tigers could have plans to reschedule the game against SMU, which was previously postponed. That trip involved a journey to Dallas to face the Mustangs and it may add to the Tigers' already lengthy list of away games.
The last game of the regular season is currently set to be against the ECU Pirates in Memphis for Apr. 11. Five days later the AAC semifinals begin and two days after that we will have the AAC finals.
The most recent winner of the AAC finals, 2019-2020, was none other than USF. South Florida defeated top-ranked Memphis 2-0. The Tigers earned home-field advantage, but second-ranked USF won the conference title. The year prior, 2018-2019, was somewhat of the opposite. Memphis defeated top-placed South Florida 3-0 despite the Bulls holding a home-field advantage.
The Tigers moved to 3-0 at home with their win against the UCF Knights on Sunday. The lone goal came from Grace Stordy, a freshman who was also named as this week's AAC's womens soccer rookie of the week.