On Thursday night the University of Memphis’ women’s soccer team was on the road in Orlando playing against the University of Central Florida in a big AAC semi-final game. Going into the game, UCF was the favourite to win. On paper they seemed so much better than Memphis. Having not lost a conference game, and going 9-2-5 on the season, the Knights were expected to come up on top and move onto the championship game, but the Memphis Tigers, being the defending champions that they are had different plans.
The Tigers played neck and neck with the Knights the entire game and after 110 minutes of action both teams were tied at 1-1, bringing on some penalty shots to close out the game. Going all the way into the seventh round of penalty kicks, it was the University of Memphis’ Zoë May that closed out the game with a game winning goal.
May, from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada is one of many Canadians on the University of Memphis women’s soccer team, and has shown a lot of glimpses of what she’s capable of in her freshman season. On the season, according to the University’s athletic website, she recorded 523 minutes played, scoring one goal with 11 shots, 7 of which being put on goal. Her and the Tigers closed out the regular season strong, and have had a great playoff run thus far, making it an exciting game to watch this Sunday as the Memphis Tigers will take on Southern Methodist University.
The game will be played at 12:00 central time/1:00 eastern in Orlando, Florida, and will be televised on ESPN.
Prior to watching Sunday’s big game, tune into a JZ Media interview with University of Memphis’ Zoë May from Ottawa. In the interview she explains a bit about her journey to the 901 from Ottawa and what her first season of division one soccer has been like. The interview can be seen on YouTube using the link above, or on Instagram at @jzmedia.ca.