Sports: Mustangs call for Blue-Out at green game

Zach Barnes

Sports: Mustangs call for Blue-Out at green game

Zach BarnesTulsa seeing ‘Red’: In the first game of a color-spree week, Mustang soccer fans are asked to wear red to No. 6 SMU’s conference battle with No. 17 Tulsa. SMU has a long history of dominating Tulsa (24-6-3 all-time), and the winning trend was continued last year as the Mustangs defeated Tulsa 3-2 on Oct. 21, 2009. SMU (11-1-0, 3-1-0 C-USA), fresh off consecutive victories against Marshall and South Carolina (2-1, 3-1 respectively) holds on to its No. 6 ranking in the NSCAA/HendricksCar.com rankings before the Tulsa matchup, which is at 7:00 p.m. on Wed, Oct. 20 at Westcott Field. Also of note, freshman midfielder Zach Barnes (right) took the C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award and was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week for an impressive performance during the week of Oct. 4-10 where he netted two crucial goals, including an overtime game-winner.

Houston feeling ‘Blue’: What was supposed to be the true football rivalry match for the conference lead appears instead to be a business-as-usual game for the Mustangs (4-3, 3-0 C-USA), looking for a relatively easy win after a rough 28-21 loss to the Navy Midshipmen on Oct. 16. Houston, playing crippled due to the loss of their starting QB Case Keenum, suffered an embarrassing loss to recent SMU punching bag Rice (34-31, also on Oct. 16) and has a two-game losing streak. Fans are asked to switch out Wednesday’s reds for a set of blues for the 2:30 Homecoming game on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Ford Stadium.

Dana PowellGreen is the word: SMU’s Homecoming game vs. Houston has also been designated as the first carbon-neutral game in Texas. In an effort to raise awareness of environmental issues, particularly the damaging effects of too much carbon dioxide, SMU has purchased renewable energy and carbon credits that will roughly equal the carbon and energy expended by every related sports facility or group for Saturday’s game. Mustang fans also are encouraged to donate old shoes to be collected by the Dallas-based Shoe Bank, a nonprofit that provides footwear for the homeless, refugee organizations, battered women shelters, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas. Most of the children’s shoes will end up in Haiti to protect its native children from deadly parasites.

Powell breaks 1K: Junior outside hitter Dana Powell (right) cracked the 1,000 mark in both career kills and digs in the volleyball team’s five-set victory over Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 17. Powell’s 18 kills and 27 digs moved her into the thousand-thousand club, which only six previous SMU students have attained. with 1,011 kills and 1,009 digs, Powell joins senior Kathryn Wilkerson as the only current C-USA players to achieve the feat. SMU is now at 16-4, which is a record-high for the program after 20 games. They currently hold second place in the conference (8-1 C-USA) and will play road matches at Rice and Houston at 7:00 p.m. on both Friday, Oct. 22 and Saturday, Oct. 23, respectively.

October 21, 2010|Sports|

Sports: SMU in control of bowl destiny (so far)

Kyle PadronThree-and-oh: Sophomore QB Kyle Padron (right) threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns as the Mustangs delivered a 21-18 win over Conference USA rival Tulsa on Oct. 9. The Mustangs improved their conference record to a division-leading 3-0 in front of a surprisingly large Fall Break crowd of 19,329. After the Golden Hurricane got on the board first with a run by junior QB G. J. Kinne, sophomore Padron threw for three consecutive touchdowns to Darius Johnson, Cole Beasley and Bradley Haynes – one each in the first three periods. A field goal and a second rushing TD by Kinne in the 4th quarter wasn’t enough to bring Tulsa back. SMU faces Navy at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in Annapolis. The Midshipmen are 3-2 on the season and currently rank 10th in rushing yards.

Lesniak’s reign over: No. 22-ranked junior Marta Lesniak ended her run at the Riviera ITA All-American Tennis Championships with a school-record quarterfinals finish Wednesday, Oct. 11. Lesniak raced through the qualifying rounds and defeated four ranked opponents on her way to a hard-fought loss to No. 7 Denise Dy of Washington in three sets (2-6,7-5, 7-6). The Mustang doubles teams didn’t fare half as well, as both the prequalifying team of sophomores Edyta Cieplucha and Shahzoda Hatamova and the No. 47 qualifying team of Lesniak and junior Heather Steinbauer were defeated by the same unranked team of Sanaa Bhambri and Sandhya Nagaraj from NC State. The tennis squad has some time to recover and regroup – their next event, the National Indoor Championship in Flushing, New York, isn’t until Nov. 4.

Zach BarnesTrophy hoarders: The men’s soccer team (11-1-0, C-USA 3-1-0) added another weekly award to its stellar season as freshman midfielder Zach Barnes (right) got the nod as this week’s C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. Barnes was responsible for a last-minute breakaway goal in SMU’s 3-1 win over No. 20 South Carolina on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Barnes also posted the deciding goal in a 2-1 overtime victory against Marshall on Sunday, Oct. 10 – a game where SMU played a man short due to an 80th-minute red card. The Mustangs, moving up to the No. 7 spot in this week’s NSCAA/HendricksCar.com rankings, host No. 14 Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Tulsa is 7-3-0 on the season and is 1-1 in C-USA play.

Trophy hoarders, continued: Junior Kaitlyn Eidson of the women’s soccer team (9-4-2, C-USA 4-2-0) joined Barnes in earning a C-USA Offensive Player of the Week award. Eidson netted three of the four goals posted by SMU in wins over UTEP and Colorado College over the weekend. The Mustang’s 1-0 shutout win over UTEP on Friday, Oct. 8 featured Eidson’s ninth-minute goal as the only score of the match. On Sunday, Oct. 10, Eidson added two more goals in a 3-1 win over Colorado College, one within the first two minutes of the game and one in the 72nd minute. Eidson is in the middle of a three-game goal streak (4 goals) and has scored the game winner in each of the past three contests for SMU. Next up is conference rival UAB at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Westcott Field. Purchase your tickets online at smumustangs.com or call 214-SMU-GAME.

October 14, 2010|Sports|

Sports: SMU football looking for home rebound against UAB

SMU kicker Matt SzymanskiDisappointing, but not hopeless: Texas Tech got the best of SMU in the season opener despite a late Mustangs rally with a final score of 35-27.

  • Sophomore QB Kyle Padron had an exciting if unbalanced day, throwing for 218 yards, 2 touchdowns…and three picks. Padron was also sacked 3 times by the Tech defense.
  • Senior kicker Matt Szymanski (right) was named Conference USA Special Teams Player Of The Week after kicking a school-record 61-yard field goal. (The goal is the second-longest in C-USA history.) SMU’s special teams were the unlikely heroes of the game, as Darryl Fields also returned a kickoff 92 yards to set up a 24-yard field to pull SMU within 35-17 in the third quarter.
  • SMU’s defeat was also Tommy Tuberville’s first win as head coach of Texas Tech. The Mustangs now have lost 14 straight games to Tech, dating back to 1989.

Bad memories, better futures: SMU will play its first home game against struggling C-USA rivalUAB on Saturday, Sept. 11. There will be a tribute to the heroes of United Flight 93, who sacrificed their lives to avert a 4th terrorist attack on 9/11. Mustangs will be wearing red, white and blue in honor of the victims. Also, SMU will be offering free tickets to all first-responders (including fire, police and emergency medical personnel) and to anyone with a military ID.

SMU soccer player Zach BarnesOff to a great start: The men’s soccer team received accolades for its furious 3-0-0 start when it was ranked 2nd in the Midwest division of the NSCAA/HendricksCars.com National Rankings.

  • SMU has defeated Missouri State in a 3-2 double overtime victory, Lipscomb with a 3-1 victory, and has shut out Seattle 3-0, all within the past week.
  • Freshmen lead the fight as Zach Barnes (right, 2 goals), Juan Castillo (2 goals), Robbie Derschang, A.J. Corrado, Ben Hill and Chris Sendejas have all scored in the three victories for SMU. Sophomore T. J. Nelson also netted his first career goal against Missouri State.
  • SMU continues its season this weekend at the Tulsa Tournament in Oklahoma, where it will face SIUE on Friday and Western Illinois on Sunday.

Revenge against Tech: The volleyball team continued their torrid start this past weekend with a 2-1 record at the Doubletree Invitational, which ended with their first loss of the season (but not after some due retribution was dealt out.)

  • SMU swept Texas Tech (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) in its first game of the Invitational, providing solace for bitter Mustangs over the weekend.
  • The Texas State Bobcats proved to be a bit more of a challenge in the second match of the day, but SMU prevailed with a 3-1 final score (SMU 25-23, 25-23, TXS 25-18, SMU 25-20.)
  • Sadly, the Lady Mustangs were out of gas in their 3-1 loss to UC-Davis in the Doubletree Invitational Championship. On the brighter side, both OH Kathryn Wilkerson and DS/L Sidney Stewart were named to the 2010 All-Tournament Team.
  • SMU looks to bounce back from their first loss of the season this weekend in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will face UC-Santa Barbara, Sacramento State and host New Mexico in the Lobo Comcast Challenge.
September 8, 2010|Sports|
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