SMU Women’s Soccer: Eidson named Player of the Week

October 13, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan

SMU women’s soccer player Kaitlyn Eidson was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Monday. She has been a goal-scoring force on the field, leading SMU to multiple victories.

SMU plays UAB Friday at home at 7 p.m.

Look here for the full story on Eidson’s Player of the Week recognition.

SMU Men’s Soccer Wins in Double Overtime vs. Missouri State

September 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Cassie Nelson

SMU men’s soccer opened their season Wednesday with a double-overtime win over Missouri State. The home game, scheduled to start at 7 p.m., was delayed two and one-half hours due to lightening. The SMU men’s soccer team’s next game is at home against Lipscomb, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

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DU: Wednesday, September 1

September 1, 2010 by · Comments Off 

DU: Tuesday, September 1 from on Vimeo.

On today’s Daily Update find out about the career fair prep day and how the Career Center can help impress potential employers. Also, get a preview of tonight’s men’s soccer game and hear how single drivers can pay their way into the HOV lanes.

Recap: SMU Women’s Soccer Defeats FIU in Home Opener

August 21, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Kimmy Ryan

The SMU women’s soccer team came out kicking! The girls home-opener Friday marked the seventh matchup between the Mustangs and the Florida International Golden Panthers.

The Mustangs’ Lauren Shepherd scored the game-winning goal with 13 minutes left to continue their undefeated record against FIU. It was a beautiful night, the men’s soccer team was in attendance, and the girls were fired up.

Sophomore Kenzie Scovill came in at 24 minutes. She led the team in goals last season and made her presence known on the field Friday. Westcott Field was a little more exciting when she was on it. She was aggressive and determined as she went head to head, not backing down.

Kristin Medeiros, a senior leader on and off the field, showed excellent footwork. The veteran lived up to expectations with multiple breakaways and shots on goal. With 13:31 left in the second half, SMU senior forward Lauren Shepherd placed a bullet in the far left corner of the goal. The girls celebrated and took a sigh knowing they might pull this one out.

But at 7:29, the Panthers gave the Mustangs a scare. Luckily goalie Courtney Webb put a stop to the aggressive breakaway, becoming the star of the game. She played in every game last season and posted four shutouts. Friday she showed her experience; save after save she was calm, confident, and focused.

Global News Blog: Iraq’s Crucial Piece in the Rebuilding Process

April 12, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Alex Castriota

Since the fall of the Hussein Regime, people all over Iraq have been rebuilding everything from schools and homes, to newer irrigation networks and airports.

However, another type of rebuilding project received some much needed help when Iraq’s national football (soccer) team received reinstatement from the international governing body of football, FIFA.

Despite early success in the post-Hussein era, the Iraq’s national football team ran into some difficulties in 2008, when Iraq’s governing body disbanded all national sports federations.

With no national federation for football, FIFA suspended Iraq from international competition. The decision was overturned a few days later when Iraq’s government overturned the decision to disband the Iraqi Football Association.

The issue came to light again in November 2009 when Iraq again decided to disband the national federation. Not surprisingly, FIFA took quick action with a warning and swift suspension.

On March 19, 2010, FIFA announced the Iraqi National Olympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee had helped restore the IFA’s “full authority”, lifting the international ban on Iraq football.

Although sport may not seem like a crucial part of the rebuilding in Iraq, to some people, football is the only form of recreation and escape from the daily grind.

The return of Iraq’s national pastime is sure to raise the morale of those in a nation with so much uncertainty.

An In-Depth Look at the SMU Fall Sports Season

December 7, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Casey Gibeaut

To say that SMU’s fall semester sports season was a disappointment might be the understatement of the millenium. SMU football, which brings in the highest funding in the athletic department, finished only 1-11 in the first year of the June Jones era, while men’s soccer failed to make the NCAA Tournament for only the second time since 1984.

But with all the disppointment this season brought, there were a couple of highs. Even though SMU football could only manage one win for the season, there were four games this season that the team lost by seven points or less.

Perhaps SMU’s greatest football success this season wasn’t the 11 point win over Texas State, but rather the teams valiant effort against then undefeated Tulsa. The Mustangs lost the contest 37-31 at Ford Stadium but held a lead 31-24 entering the fourth quarter. SMU’s freshman quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns against the Golden Hurricane.

The soccer team’s lack of success can probably pinned on SMU Brazilian star Bruno Guarda leaving the University a year early to pursue a career in Major League Soccer playing for FC Dallas. Former SMU men’s soccer coach Schellas Hyndman, who is the fourth winningest coach in NCAA history, was hired as the FC Dallas coach before the start of SMU’s 2008 season.

Even though the SMU fall athletic season is thoroughly forgettable, you know what they say; There’s always next year. And there’s nowhere to go but up.

SMU Alum Posts Solid Rookie Season for FC Dallas

December 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

By Estela Nunez

The trademark blue and red colors of the Mustangs are a thing of the past for SMU alum-gone-pro Bruno Guarda. Red and white were the colors he wore one recent morning as he kicked the ball around on the practice fields at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco during his last training session of the 2008 season.

He played three years for SMU before turning pro in 2008.

As a rookie with FC Dallas, Guarda saw plenty of playing time this past season. He played 822 minutes in 12 games. Although he received a large amount of playing time, the shift from college to pro wasn’t easy.

“I’m used to scoring and assisting more, but that will all come with time and experience. I just have to be patient,” said Guarda of the transition.

During SMU men’s 2008 fall soccer season, Guarda’s familiar face in the Mustangs starting lineup was missed by fans at Westcott Field. Don’t fret though; he didn’t go too far. You can catch him in action at Pizza Hut Park, the home of his new team FC Dallas where he is coached by his former SMU coach Schellas Hyndman.

Marcie Jimenez, who is a longtime fan of Guarda, goes out to Frisco with her family to watch him play as often as possible.

“We are happy for him here with FC Dallas, but we definitely miss seeing him in action at SMU,” said Marcie Jimenez.

When he gets a chance to relax, Guarda enjoys spending time with his girlfriend, who attends SMU, and listening to Pagode music. His favorite soccer player is Kaka, who is from Brazil and plays for A.C. Milan.

The Brazilian midfielder led SMU in goals, assists, shots, and game-winning goals in the 2007 season. He has also been named the two-time Conference USA player of the year.

Guarda signed with Major League Soccer (MLS) on July 20, 2008 with only a year of college remaining. He was majoring in international studies, with a minor in Spanish.

“It was a tough decision, but at the end of the day soccer is and has been my passion for as long as I can remember,” said Guarda.

Guarda, whose biggest influence is his father, also took into consideration the advice of both his parents, Clever and Katia Guarda, and his older brother before making the final decision.

“Ultimately I had to consult with my family before choosing to go pro; they would have supported me equally on whatever decision I made. With my rookie season completed I do feel I made the best decision,” said Guarda.

Guarda was placed in what is called the weighted lottery. This is offered to players that have been previously been asked to join the league and declined.

“The first time around I declined the offer simply because I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared for the big move. Now I’m here and couldn’t be happier,” said Guarda.

Initially Guarda was acquired by the Colorado Rapids, but that was short-lived since he never actually joined the team. Why? Coach Hyndman, who was familiar with Guarda and his style of play knew that he wanted him to be part of the FC Dallas squad. Hyndman sacrificed his second and third round picks of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft as well as an allocation to Colorado in exchange for Guarda.

Hyndman, who was born in Macau, coached at SMU for 24 years. The Eastern Illinois alum, who is also an established Aiki Ju-Justso coach, has earned eight league and five regional Coach of the Year honors with the Mustangs.

The 22-year-old Guarda, who was born in Piracicaba, Brazil, came to Dallas when he was 15 to join a local club soccer team, The Dallas Texans. While there he earned several championships.

SMU senior forward Paulo da Silva, who is also from Brazil had been teammates with Guarda since they mutually joined The Dallas Texans Soccer Club in 2002. They remained teammates at SMU until Guarda joined FC Dallas.

“It would have been nice to complete our last year at SMU together; we have shared so many great memories through soccer here in Dallas from the time we both arrived from Brazil. I’m happy for him though,” da Silva said.

Guarda also got to enjoy the sweet taste of his first career goal as a professional soccer player during this season. He wants this streak to continue next year, so during off-season he will be training hard on his own to better himself.

“I have to keep working during off-season because I want to be prepared for next year, and have a spot on the starting 11,” said Guarda, who will travel to Brazil to be with his family during the off-season.

“It’s crazy how my maturity level has risen during the season. This year my priorities were different from last year. As a professional soccer player I have to really take of myself,” said Guarda.

Women’s Soccer Beats UTEP, Falls to Colorado College

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Weekend Sports Recap

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Friday September 26th:

The SMU volleyball team came back from a 0-2 set deficit to defeat University of Central Florida 3-2.

Women’s Soccer lost 1-2 against Colorado College.

Saturday September 27th:

Men’s Soccer lost to Tulsa 4-1.

SMU runner Ilyssa Pettigrew won the Ken Garland Invitational at the Eagle Point Campus in cross country. She won the 5k race at a time of 18:18.5.

Sunday September 28th:

SMU volleyball defeat Southern Miss. 3-1.

Women’s soccer defeated UTEP 1-0.

Kate Ackerson is currently tied for 5th place at the Badger Invitational at University Ridge Golf Course. SMU as a team is currently ranked 11th.

The Hartford Invitational for men’s golf was cancelled.

Men’s Soccer Wins Twice at Home

September 15, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Casey Gibeaut and Josh Webb;

The SMU men’s soccer team opened its home schedule last weekend by defeating George Mason and Oakland, winning the Prego’s Express Italian Men’s Soccer Invitational.

Senior forward Paulo da Silva was named the tournament’s MVP, while teammates Kekoa Osorio, Ryan Mirsky and Craig Hill were named to the all-tournament team.

Against George Mason on Friday, forward Manuel Mariel scored the first goal just four minutes into the game. The Mustangs looked to have the game in control by leading 1-0 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Mustangs continued to show why they were the dominant team. Da Silva, the Conference USA player of the week, scored on a pass by Jeff Harwell from 22 yards in the 77th minute. Ahead 2-0, the Mustangs did let up. In the 81st minute, freshman Diogo de Almeida scored off of a George Mason turnover.

The Mustangs kept their momentum in game two of the tournament, defeating Oakland 3-1 on Saturday to win the tournament title.

Freshman Payton Hickey scored his first collegiate goal in the 41st minute from an assist by Dane Saintus. Freshman Joe Cooper also scored his first goal with an assist from senior midfielder Gabriel Arredondo.

However, Oakland refused to be shut out. In the 70th minute, Martin Sandell nailed a shot just inside the left goal post. But just 23 seconds later, SMU solidified the win with a goal by sophomore Leone Cruz.

This weekend the fourth-ranked Mustangs (5-0-1) head to Oklahoma to play in the Tulsa Tournament, where they will face-off against Northern Illinois on Friday and Hofstra on Sunday.