Tigers Open Preseason with 4-2 Victory
Aug. 17, 2007
The University of Memphis men's soccer team opened the 2007 preseason tonight with a 4-2 victory over Lambuth University at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Tigers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when sophomore Brian Farrell's header found the back of the net off a cross from Tripp Harkins in the eleventh minute of the match. Memphis held the lead until the 41st minute when Lambuth's Ross Hayman snuck a ball past Tiger keeper Tyler Strom to knot the match at 1 entering the half.
The second half was all Memphis. Junior Sean Goulding broke away down the far sideline six minutes into the period and found Kevin Walsh streaking to the goal. Walsh beat Lambuth's keeper, Brenton Saylor with a hard strike to the left.
"I saw Kevin breaking to the goal, and I knew he was going to score," said Goulding.
Memphis Coach Richie Grant used every newcomer in the opening match.
"It's very important to get ninety minutes under their belt," said Grant. "It was pleasing to see the quality of finishing on both sides."
Memphis will host cross-town rival Christian Brother University Sunday night at 7 at Mike Rose.
"I'm looking forward to the next game," Grant said. "It's the height of our preseason, and after tonight we just need matches. We need opportunities. There's no competition like playing tough opposition, and CBU will be a tough opponent on Sunday."