2011 Archives

Mustangs Win Conference USA Title

Men's Soccer advances to the NCAA Championship Tournament

On To The NCAA Tournament

SMU Men's Soccer

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The SMU men's soccer team is the No. 6 seed in this year's NCAA Men's Soccer Championship. The Mustangs are 13-6-1 on the year and won the Conference USA Tournament on Sunday (Nov. 13).

SMU has a bye in the first round of the tournament. The Mustangs host a second round game at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, against the winner of the Akron/Northwestern first round matchup.

Individual game tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under, and $1 for students. Blocks of 50 or more tickets are $1 apiece. Tickets can be purchased online at http://SMUMustangs.com or by calling 214-SMU-GAME (214-768-4263).

November 15, 2011

TULSA, Okla. (SMU) - The SMU men's soccer team earned its first Conference USA Championship since 2006 by defeating No. 17 UAB, 2-0, Sunday afternoon (Nov. 13) at Hurricane Stadium. Junior Ben Hill and freshman Aaron Simmons scored for the Mustangs. With the win, SMU is now 13-6-1 on the season.

"I thought we played really well against a great team," head coach Tim McClements said. "The thing about playing UAB is you know it's always going to be a good soccer match. I thought it was hard-fought. Scoring that goal in the first half really put us in the driver's seat. The second one was key, but they just kept pushing and pushing. It was just a back-and-forth match. I'm really proud of the guys."

Junior Ben Hill put the Mustangs on the board in the 34th minute. Senior Arthur Ivo was fouled just outside of the 18-yard box, drawing an SMU free kick. Ivo took the kick, sending the ball into the box to Hill who knocked it home for a 1-0 Mustang lead. The goal was Hill's third of the season and second of the tournament.

Freshman Aaron Simmons added insurance for Mustangs when he headed home an Ivo corner kick in the 59th minute for a 2-0 advantage. The goal was Simmons' second of the season.

SMU came just inches from scoring on another set piece in the 49th minute as senior Adam Still hit the crossbar when he one-timed a corner kick from Ivo. Hill followed up the rebound with a header, but the UAB goalkeeper was there to make the save.

SMU Men's SoccerIvo hit the left post in the 55th minute, after senior Ian Kalis sent Ivo on a strong run up field. Sophomore Robbie Derschang hit the right post in the 79th minute after receiving a ball at midfield, after running down field and beating the Blazer keeper one-on-one. Sophomore Zach Barnes fired a shot off of the left post in the final minute of play.

SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra had another spectacular day in goal for the Mustangs, picking up his fifth shutout of the season. Ibarra's biggest save of the game came in the 85th minute when he stopped a header on the line from UAB's leading scorer Babayele Sodade. He also made a diving save on Chase Wickham in the 79th minute, sending the ball off of his fingertips and just wide of the goal. Ibarra and the Mustangs have now posted back-to-back shutouts.

Ivo was named Offensive MVP of the tournament. He now has team-high 28 points on the year. Senior Diogo de Almeida was named defensive MVP. Ibarra and junior T.J. Nelson were also named to the All-Tournament team.

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