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Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby PonyPride » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:27 pm

From SMUMustangs.com:

No. 13 SMU Wins American Athletic Conference Regular-Season Title
McLaughlin’s goal in the 78th minute lifts SMU Past Connecticut, 1-0

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2017 American Men’s Soccer Championship — Friday-Sunday at SMU — Bracket

Nov. 5, 2017

DALLAS (SMU) – No. 13 SMU defeated Connecticut, 1-0, Saturday in front of packed crowd at Westcott Field on senior night to win the American Athletic Conference regular-season title.

The Mustangs clinched the No. 1 seed and will host the American Men’s Soccer Championship next week.

After a scoreless first half, Emil Cuello sent a pass that was popped up in the air to a streaking McLaughlin, who gathered it and floated a shot over the Huskies keeper for the game-winning score in the 78th minute. It was McLaughlin’s 13th goal, which is the most by a Mustang since Alex Smith tallied 13 in 2004. The Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, native now has 17 career goals and eight game-winners in only 32 matches.

With the win, SMU finished the regular-season 13-2-1 overall and 5-1-1 in conference play, while Connecticut fell to 8-7-2 and 4-3 in the league play. The Huskies will be the No. 3 seed in conference tournament.

The Mustangs outshot the Huskies, 13-7, including a 6-2 advantage on shots on goal. Cuello, Bryce Clark, Nicky Hernandez and Eddie Munjoma all finished with two shots each, while Hernandez and Clark both had two shots on frame.

Michael Nelson continues his great play between the posts recording his ninth shutout of the season. The preseason American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year registered two huge saves to give him 46 on the season.

SMU’s backline, consisting of Munjoma, Jordan Cano, Talen Maples, Philip Ponder and Jared Rice, have played a major role in the shutouts and did so again with a title on the line. Connecticut was held to seven shots with only two on goal.

The Mustangs will host the American Men’s Soccer Championship Friday, Nov. 10 and Sunday Nov. 12. UCF and Connecticut kick off Championship semifinals action at 4:30 p.m. in the first match of the day on Friday, while SMU faces Temple in the night cap at 7 p.m. Both semifinal matchups will air live on The American Digital Network. The semifinal winners will square off in the title game on Sunday (1 p.m., ESPNU) for the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
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Re: Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby Water Pony » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:52 pm

Congratulations to the Men's Team on their regular season Soccer Championship. Good luck in the play-off. It is wonderful to see our rich history in soccer continue.

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Re: Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby smusic 00 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:54 pm

Stinks the conference championship overlaps with basketball opening games.
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Re: Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:28 pm

smusic 00 wrote:Stinks the conference championship overlaps with basketball opening games.

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Re: Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby RGV Pony » Fri Nov 10, 2017 11:38 pm

AAC champ game Sunday at 1 vs UCF
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Re: Men's soccer wins AAC regular-season title

Postby HarvCrimYaleBlue » Sun Nov 12, 2017 6:08 pm

RGV Pony wrote:AAC champ game Sunday at 1 vs UCF


Took the championship today 2-1 in extra time. We score off a header and give up and own goal with about 5 left in reg. Golden goal was from about 30 yards out. Nice.
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