Skyhawks can’t halt Memphis
Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 12:02 pm
The University of Tennessee at Martin soccer team saw its historical 2011 campaign end Saturday night in a 7-0 loss to unbeaten Memphis in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
UT Martin ends its season with a 14-7-2 record, four wins better than any Skyhawk team in the 14-year history of the program. The 2011 Skyhawks also were the first team in program history to earn an NCAA Tournament bid.
As a team, the Skyhawks put four of their seven shot attempts on goal, led by three shots by Rosaelia Loza. Hannah McGowen, Brooke Robertson, Midori Sera and Kendyl Wilson also attempted a shot apiece for UT Martin.
In her 14th start of the season, freshman Mariah Klenke made three saves in 45 minutes, wrapping up her remarkable debut season with a 10-3 record. Senior Lauren MacKenzie took over in the second half and added four stops in 45 minutes.
Memphis (22-0-1) was led by Christabel Oduro, who recorded four goals and an assist. Averi Hallman added a pair of goals and Rasheeda Ansari was responsible for the final goal for the Tigers, who entered the match with a No. 5 national ranking as one of only two unbeaten teams in all of Division-I soccer.
“We knew it was going to be an uphill battle but we decided coming here that we had absolutely nothing to lose,” UT Martin second-year head coach Phil McNamara said. “We were looking to come in here and disrupt Memphis and give them something to think about. I think we did that. Give my kids all the credit — they worked their socks off. They enjoyed being in the national tournament for the first time in the history of the program.”
It was the final collegiate match for Loza, MacKenzie, Katie Imperiale, Brooke Robertson and Melissa Govea.
Loza ends her spectacular two-year career with 17 goals, the fourth-highest total in program history. MacKenzie is tied for the school’s lead in career shutouts (10), while Imperiale’s five game-winning goals rank fourth in Skyhawk history. Robertson became the third member in UT Martin soccer history to earn All-Ohio Valley Conference first team honors twice (2009, 2011). Govea earned first team status and was the program’s second-ever OVC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.
“It was probably the best experience that I’ve been able to be a part of, especially being my senior year,” Robertson said.
Published in The WCP 11.15.11