Women's Soccer Falls Short Of Vanderbilt, 2-1

Women's Soccer Falls Short Of Vanderbilt, 2-1

Memphis falls to 2-1.
-University of Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A 35-yard strike by Honeye Heydari with 1:30 remaining hit the crossbar and Vanderbilt (1-1-1) held on to defeat Memphis (2-1-0) 2-1 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Friday.

Early on in the game, Memphis gave senior forward Christabel Oduro a run on the left side with some space, but Vanderbilt goalkeeper Olivia Liebman scooped up the ball for the save. Vanderbilt countered in the ninth minute as Cheyna Williams stole the ball away from the Memphis defense, but defender Diamond Simpson caught up to Williams and forced the ball across the end line off of Williams to end the threat.

In the 14th minute, Williams forced a turnover by the Lady Tigers defense in the box and fired a shot toward the right post. The ball clanked off the crossbar and went into the right corner of the net to give Vanderbilt the 1-0 advantage. Simone Charley was credited with an assist on the play, her first on the season.

After Oduro again tested the Vanderbilt keeper only to be turned away, Nugene Nugent served a ball across the box to set up the senior striker. Oduro gathered on the right side of the box and put away her second goal of the season to the left post for the equalizer in the 23rd minute. Nugent was credited with her first career assist while Oduro powered home her 34th career goal.

Oduro’s 34th career goal moved her to second place all-time as she passed the 33 career goal mark of assistant coach Jodi (Fisher) Grant. The two points moved Oduro six points shy of Grant’s second-place mark of 94.

Vanderbilt put up 11 shots in the first half against eight shots by the U of M. Each time had four shots on goal and Oduro had each of the four for the Lady Tigers.

The Commodores used a defensive mistake in the 52nd minute to regain the lead. Charley beat her defender from the left side and dribbled to the top of the box and put the shot off the far post to the inside netting for the goal.

In the 63rd minute, Vanderbilt earned a penalty kick after a foul in the box. Abby Carr stepped up to take the penalty kick, but her attempt was wide of the left post to keep the score at 2-1.

Following the missed penalty, Memphis had more than 25 minutes to attempt a comeback. The Lady Tigers had three shots, but only one was on goal, a shot by Kylie Davis saved by the Vanderbilt keeper. With just over a minute remaining, Honey Heydari fired her shot from 35 yards away and the rocket clanked off the crossbar.

Memphis returns to action on Sunday with a 5 p.m. matchup against Middle Tennessee in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

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