@MemphisMSoccer Ends Preseason with 1-0 Victory
Aug. 23, 2014
MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The Memphis men's soccer team registered a 1-0 win over the Christian Brothers Buccaneers in the final exhibition game at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, Saturday night.
"I was happy with how the guys played tonight," Head Coach Richard Mulrooney said. I thought it was a build up from the Louisville game and it's the next step in the right direction. Obviously, it would've helped to get that second or third goal because in a 1-0 game like that, all it takes is one chance down the other way and they tie it up and this so called possession that we had is all for none."
"I thought individually some guys stepped up and again it's a step in the right direction. Are we fully there yet? No, but we still have another week before UAB and I feel much better about this performance than I did about the Louisville game."
Hector Cantele had great momentum in the first half, notching a solo goal in the twenty-fifth minute that was deflected off the keeper and fired in from six yards on the right side.
Leading 1-0 coming out of the intermission, Benjamin Ciosanski nearly gave Memphis a solid 2-0 lead of the game in the 51st minute. After a successful tackle to strip a Buccaneers' defender of the ball, the senior striker launched a heavy ball from 15 yards out but hit the crossbar.
Six minutes later, Ciosanski struck again with a shot from the top of box, but the CBU keeper punched it away.
The Blue and Gray held advantages in all three categories for the contest, including a 17-3 edge in shots.
"I think Chandler [Gagnon] did a great job in the middle, organizing and showing that senior leadership," said Mulrooney. Uzi [Uzcategui] did a great job on the back line. I thought Wil [Linder] did a good job. That's a new spot for him as a right back. Overall, I think the seniors are stepping up and as you saw freshmen are doing great. Hector [Cantele] got the goal. I thought that Danny [Lane] was an influence in tonight. I thought Hayden [Cochran], as the game went on, got more and more comfortable."
"It's going to take a team effort this year. Whether you are a freshman or a senior, if you can go on the field and perform for us, you're going to find some minutes and the team will reap the benefits from it."
The Tigers return to action, Friday, when they travel to Birmingham, Ala., to play UAB in a 7 pm match at West Campus Field.
"UAB, they are always a top 25 top 30 team. It's a rivalry game. We play them in the spring as well. It's a game that it's going to be tough. We're going to their place, but we're familiar with them too. I think they're familiar with us. Going in, I'll ask the guys to compete and give ourselves a chance to win the game. That's all I can ask. I'm more worried about us than UAB at the moment. We still have another week of practice and I think if we can just get the guys organized and in that right mentality, I've got no doubt we can go in there and get a result, but it's going to be tough," Mulrooney added.