Cooling Kicks Game-Winner in 2-1 Victory Over CBU
Aug. 24, 2004
Second half goals by Dayton O'Brien and Stephen Cooling led the University of Memphis to a 2-1 victory at Christian Brothers University on Tuesday night.
After a scoreless first half, O'Brien put the Tigers on top with a free kick from 45 yards out. The 2004 preseason all-conference selection banked the ball off the crossbar and past the reach of CBU keeper Marvin Hypolite at the 65:56 minute mark.
"We played with a bit more pressure in the second; a bit more speed," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "That's the type of game that better suits what we are trying to play."
Nearly four minutes later with an assist by Andy Metcalf, Cooling hit the game-winner over the head of Hypolite from 30 yards out. Cooling, a junior from Dublin, Ireland, entered his first collegiate game and put Memphis up 2-0 within his first minute of play.
"I saw the opportunity to score, and I took it," Cooling said. "It felt great. The rivalry here is big, and it's nice to be a part of it."
A few days before, it looked unlikely that Cooling would play in the first exhibition game due to back problems. Cooling said he didn't consider the possibility of entering the game until Monday.
"Stephen is a great player," Grant said. "I'm excited about what he is going to do on the team."
The Buccaneer's lone goal came at the 74:45 minute mark. Chris Marwood used an assist by Michael Vogel to put CBU within one, but Memphis held onto its lead for the remaining 15 minutes.
The Tigers out shot CBU 18 to 10. Tiger senior Sebastian Vecchio and freshman Tyler Strom split time between the 18-yard box with both picking up four saves. Hypolite recorded seven saves in the game.
"It was a good first game; a good challenge," Grant said. "We have to give a lot of credit to CBU. They have a good team this year. But we still have a lot to work on."
Memphis will host its first game of the season at 7 p.m. at Echles Field on Saturday against Southwest Missouri State. Admission to the game is free.