HOUSTON (SMU) – The SMU women’s soccer team scored six times in the first half in a 6-3 win at Rice to open American Athletic Conference play on Thursday. The six goals tied The American record for goals in a league match as SMU extended its winning streak to three.
Five Mustangs scored at least one goal and seven different Mustangs recorded a point in the victory. Freshman Nyah Rose scored twice to up her season total to seven goals. Freshman Emma Alvord had a goal and two assists. Mayu Inokawa, Eliana Salama and Leah Chancey also tallied goals. Salama, Abby Dermott and Peyton Annen each recorded an assist.
Alvord opened SMU’s scoring in the 11th minute with the first goal of her career. The Mustangs would score four more times in the next 12 minutes beginning with Rose just three minutes later, striking the ball past Rice’s Hannah Pimentel. Alvord also assisted Salama’s goal in the 16th minute for a 3-0 lead. Junior Mayu Inokawa had the fourth goal for SMU, converting a penalty kick in the 18th minute. Rose then scored once more in the 23rd minute off an assist from Alvord as the Mustangs had a 5-0 advantage.
After Rice found the net in the 30th minute, Leah Chancey made it six first half goals for the Mustangs when she converted an opportunity set up by Abby Dermott in the 40th minute. Rice added scores in the 44th and 72 minutes for the 6-3 final.
The Mustangs’ milestone triumph over the Owls marked only the fourth time in program history the Mustangs have scored six times in a conference match, and the first time since a 6-1 win against Fresno State on Sept. 26, 2003.
Junior Hannah Wrigley (4) and graduate senior Samantha Estrada (3) tallied seven saves in a combined effort in goal.
SMU has won three straight matches, including two on the road. The Mustangs defeated Baylor (2-1) in Waco and Oklahoma State (1-0) at Washburne Stadium last week.
All six of SMU’s goals came in the first half, the most first half goals for SMU scoring six en route to a 9-0 win versus Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Aug. 28, 2016. The six goals are the most by SMU since a 9-0 win against Texas Southern on Aug, 29, 2019. It also tied for second in program history for goals in a league match, marking just the fourth time with six or more in conference play.
Thursday’s win moves the Mustangs to a 5-2-0 overall record and 1-0-0 in AAC play. Rice fell to 2-6-1 on the year and 0-1-0 in the conference.
The Mustangs return to the Hilltop to take on Tulsa on Sept. 21 at Washburne Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
𝗦𝗠𝗨 𝘁𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 AAC 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗽:
6 𝗦𝗠𝗨 𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝟵/𝟭𝟰/𝟭𝟯
6 Memphis vs Tulsa 10/26/18
6 UCF vs Tulsa 9/28/17
6 USF at Houston 10/27/13
6 Memphis vs Houston in AAC Tournament 11/1/13
𝗠𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝗮𝗹𝘀 𝗯𝘆 SMU 𝗶𝗻 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗴𝗮𝗺𝗲:
7 at TCU 9/27/95 (W, 7-0)
6 at New Mexico 10/19/97 (W, 6-1)
6 vs Tulsa 10/26/01 (W, 6-1)
6 𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝟵/𝟭𝟰/𝟮𝟯 (𝗪, 𝟲-𝟯)