Memphis ladies’s soccer beats Cincinnati 2-Zero to stay unbeaten in convention play


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CINCINNATI – Behind an impressive performance in defense and goals from Kimberley Smit and Lisa PecherskyThe Memphis women’s soccer team beat Cincinnati 2-0 on Thursday.

The Tigers (5-1, 4-0 AAC) have not yet allowed a goal in four American Athletic Conference games this season. They are undefeated in their last 16 regular conference games from the 2018 season.

In the 42nd minute, a free kick from far outside the box went through the hands of Cincinnati goalkeeper Anna Rexford, deflected and crossed the goal line. A junior defender, Smit was credited with her first goal of the season and fifth of her career.

Smit’s goal came from one of the many chances the Tigers had in the first half with nine shots and four goals. The Bearcats only had one shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, which was saved by the senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Moberg.

Memphis doubled their lead on Pechersky’s goal, supported by Clarissa Larisey and Mya Jonesin the 57th minute. As a senior midfielder, Pechersky now has two goals this season and five in her career.

The Memphis attack left Cincinnati little time to gain possession and the Tigers backline performed well while the Bearcats only scored two shots on goal in the full 90 minutes.

The Tigers will play their second of four consecutive street games on Sunday at the Temple. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. on ESPN +.