Tigers Complete Exhibition Match at Louisville
Aug. 18, 2014
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Tigers dropped a 4-1 decision against the Cardinals in an exhibition match at Cardinal Park on Monday evening where both squads were testing new players and new player combinations throughout the contest.
"We learned a lot out of this match," head coach Richard Mulrooney said. "We have a lot to work on and we aren't going to make excuses. We have a young group and we started four freshmen tonight. It's a learning curve for our whole group. You can't give up two quick goals and expect to win. We started off slow, but we found a better rhythm coming out of halftime."
Memphis started six underclassmen in the opening scrimmage. As a whole, the underclassmen logged 445 minutes of playing time.
"There is quality there in that group," Mulrooney said. "It was their first game in college, but a game like Louisville is a tough test. We have a learning curve to get over. The seniors can take just as much out of this game as the underclassmen. We got through the match with no injuries and were able to compete in the second half."
The Cardinals scored a pair of goals in the opening thirteen minutes of the match, followed by a third goal in the 30th minute of play. Junior forward Ricardo Velazco scored the first goal for the Cardinals during the first five minutes of play, followed by senior forward Will Vitalis for the second goal during the twelfth minute. Junior midfielder Ben Strong made it 3-0 in the 30th minute.
The Tigers trailed the Cardinals 3-0 going into the half, but Memphis came out strong in the second half refusing to be shutout by Louisville. Facing a 3-0 deficit, Kenneth Kauker muscled through the Cardinals' defense with an assist by Benjamin Ciosanski to score in the 48th minute.
"My goal at halftime was to see our guys come out and compete," Mulrooney said. "We were up 1-0 out of the break and turned it around, but we ended up with a 1-1 tie in the second half if you break the game into two games."
The last goal of the contest came in the 82nd minute as Louisville freshman forward Papy Diouf put the ball in the net for the 4-1 advantage.
Louisville out-shot the Tigers 7-5 and held a 5-4 advantage in shots on goal. Goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui made one save in the match.
Following Monday's exhibition, Memphis returns to the Mike Rose Soccer Complex August 23, to host Christian Brothers University at 7 p.m. (CT) in another exhibition match.
Memphis opens regular-season play August 29, with a non-conference match against former conference rival UAB in Birmingham, Alabama. Match time for the season opener is 7 p.m. (CT). The Tigers host their home opener September 3, against SIU-Edwardsville at 7 p.m. (CT).