Sept. 30, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Senior goalkeeper Megan Morey set a Tulane record with 13 saves on the night, but three goals from Shoko Mikami spoiled the Tulane women's soccer team's return to competition as Memphis defeated the Green Wave 6-0 in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Friday night in Memphis.
Friday's game marked the first competition for the Green Wave, who had two games cancelled last week due to Hurricane Rita, since Sept. 4.
"You could definitely see the effects of not playing a game for almost a month," Tulane head coach Betsy Anderson said. "We had several breakdowns that they took advantage of. We're looking forward to continuing with the remainder of our season and getting into a practice rhythm and a regular playing schedule."
The Tigers, whose scoring offense ranks 17th nationally, set the tone early when Mikami took a cross pass seven and a half minutes into the game and tapped it off of the goalpost into the net. Memphis struck again 30 minutes later when Courtnee Melton picked up the rebound on a corner kick, sending it past Morey as the Tigers took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
After the break, Kylie Hayes netted her ninth goal of the season on a pass from Mikami to put Memphis ahead by three. From there, the Tigers would score three more goals, two off of the foot of Mikami, to move to 7-3 on the season, 1-0 in Conference USA play.
Mikami's hat trick was her second of the season, giving her 12 goals on the year.
Tulane (0-4, 0-1) returns to action on Sunday at UAB at 1 p.m. before hosting UCF in the first game at the Green Wave's "home" field in College Station, Texas, next Friday.