Sports: Men’s Soccer makes return to NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Coaches Poll

Screen shot 2014-10-15 at 10.19.02 AMMen’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team continued their last-minute heroics when first-year defender Bryce Clark scored his first career goal with 19 seconds left in overtime to lift his team over Temple 2-1 on Saturday, Oct. 11 in Philadelphia. The win completed a 2-0 week for the Mustangs that landed SMU in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Coaches Poll for the first time since 2012, checking in at No. 21.

Clark and fellow freshman defender Jared Rice were honored by the conference as Defensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively. The two were pivotal on both sides of the field, helping the Mustangs to a shutout and a 0.47 goals-against-average last week. clarkandriceRice tallied two saves in the Memphis game, and Clark scored the winner against Temple.

Playing in their first game as a ranked team in two years, the No. 21 Mustangs blanked Central Arkansas 7-0 on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at Westcott Field. Six different Mustangs scored as they tallied the most goals in a game since a 8-0 win over Centenary in 2006. SMU will try to hold on to its top spot in the American Athletic Conference when they face No. 24 USF on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Westcott Field.

Screen shot 2014-10-17 at 9.49.33 AMMen’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team came in at No. 22 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Top 25, announced on Thursday, Oct. 16. The Mustangs will face three preseason top-25 teams in the 2014-2015 campaign: No. 13 Gonzaga (Nov. 17), No. 15 Connecticut (Feb. 14 & March 1) and No. 23 Michigan (Dec. 20). The season begins at Moody Coliseum on Nov. 14 when SMU hosts Lamar.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team went undefeated and claimed seven championships at the Collin College Fall Open in Plano, Texas on Oct. 10 and 11. Sophomore Mary Wright tallied three singles wins over the weekend and leads the Mustangs with eight wins this season.

Juniors Vaszilisza Bulgakova and Hristina Dishkova and sophomore Dasha Sharapova all advanced to the round of 32 in singles at the USTA-ITA Regional Championships on Thursday, Oct. 16 in Waco, Texas. The round of 32 begins Friday, Oct. 17.

Football: SMU looks to pick up its first victory of the 2014 season against Cincinnati on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 2:30 p.m. CT at Ford Stadium. The Mustangs are coming off a 45-24 loss to East Carolina, in which they set offensive season-highs in total offense (390), passing yards (339), touchdowns (3) and first downs (20). When the two teams met last November, SMU’s comeback fell short in a 28-25 loss in Cincinnati.

SMU Athletics is launching an “Oktoberfest” ticket package for the next two home games that includes a ticket to either the Cincinnati game or the Memphis game on Saturday, Oct. 25, a sausage on a stick and a t-shirt for just $20. Fans can purchase the package here. All ticket packages for the final four home games are available at SMUTickets.com.

Ray SchoenkeFormer SMU offensive lineman Ray Schoenke was chosen for induction into the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame, the selection committee announced Wednesday, Oct. 8. The 2015 Enshrinement Weekend will take place Jan. 23-24, 2015 in Oahu, Hawaii. A Wahiawa, Hawaii native, Schoenke was a football letter winner from 1960-62 and earned First-Team All-Southwest Conference and Academic All-American honors in 1962. He participated in the 1961 East-West Shrine Game and the 1962 Hula Bowl before being drafted in the 11th round by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1963 NFL Draft. Schoenke bounced around a couple of teams before a 10-year stint with the Washington Redskins. In 2002, he was named one of the top 100 players in Redskins history.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The Mustangs return to the pool to host the 21st annual SMU Classic at the Westside Natatorium in Lewisville, Texas on Friday, Oct. 17 and Saturday, Oct. 18. SMU’s competition includes four top-25 finishers from the 2014 NCAA Championship: USC (5th), Louisville (15th), NC State (16th) and Miami (21st). The Mustangs finished 20th at the NCAA Championship and second in the American Athletic Conference behind Louisville.

Volleyball: The bright side of SMU’s 3-1 road loss to Tulsa on Wednesday, Oct. 17 was senior Caroline Young’s return to the front row. Young posted her fourth double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs. With the loss, the Mustangs’ record falls to 15-4 and 4-3 in the American Athletic Conference. SMU hosts East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum.

hegartyFreshman Katie Hegarty started for Young in the front row in a 3-1 win over Houston on Friday, Oct. 10 and recorded 11 kills and hit .300 in her first start. Young played only the back row after an ankle injury took her out of a match against Memphis and recorded nine digs and three aces. Abbey Bybel led the Mustangs with 13 kills.

seifertThe Mustangs capped off the weekend with a 3-2 win over Tulane on Sunday, Oct. 12 in Moody Coliseum. The win was the 300th victory for coach Lisa Seifert. Bybel and Hegarty led the team in kills with 14 and 11, respectively.

Women’s Golf: Junior Jenny Haglund’s 3rd top-10 finish of the year helped the Mustangs to a 4th-place finish at the Betsy Rawls Invitational at the University of Texas Golf Club in Austin, Texas. She finished 5-over for the tournament and tied with four others for 6th place. UNLV and Tulane shared the tournament title at 31-over. Baylor trailed by three strokes at +34, and SMU followed in 4th at +36. The Mustangs begin their final fall tournament on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the Briggs Ranch Golf Club for the UTSA-hosted Alamo Invitational.

Women’s Soccer: The women’s soccer team was defeated 3-1 by UConn on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Westcott Field. The Mustangs sported pink jerseys for their annual “Kick For A Cure” game in support of breast cancer awareness. SMU got out to an early lead when sophomore Kelsey Gorney netted her first goal of the season in the 11th minute. The Huskies scored the equalizer in the 24th minute, and found the back of the net twice more before halftime.

SMU’s slump continued, dropping their fifth decision in six matches in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati on Thursday, Oct. 16. An early second-half goal in the 47th minute was all the Bearcats needed. The Mustangs attack picked up in the second half, but they could not find the back of the net. SMU continues their road trip to Greenville, North Carolina to take on East Carolina on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 1:00 p.m. CT.