Men's Soccer Slips Past CBU, 2-1, In Exhibition Finale
Aug. 26, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - Junior midfielder John Reilly scored his second goal in as many matches and Andy Metcalf added the game-winner for the Tigers as Memphis edged crosstown rival Christian Brothers University, 2-1, in the final exhibition game of the season. Memphis ends the exhibition season 2-0.
For the second consecutive game, the Tiger defense gave up an early score. This time just five minutes into the contest, Buc forward Alan Whittington beat the Memphis and launched a shot just out of the reach of U of M keeper Sebastian Vecchio for the 1-0 lead.
Memphis found the equalizer at the 22:07 mark of the first half when sophomore forward Omar Jarun found a streaking John Reilly, whose shot found the back of the net. Forward Reid Greenslade was credited with the assist.
After playing to a 1-1 tie at the half, Tiger forward Andy Metcalf provided the game winning goal, in the 65th minute, on a one-time shot inside the right post.
Clark Talley earned the win for Memphis, making three strong saves in his first action of the season. Marvin Hypolite made four saves in a losing effort for CBU.
Although playing in adverse conditions, the Tigers outshot the Bucs 16-8 in the foul-plagued match.
"You have to admire the players for the way they played in these conditions," head coach Richie Grant said. "I thought the second goal was a good goal. The guys worked hard to get the ball back and we got an excellent finish. We still have a lot to do, but you have to give credit to the players for performing in difficult conditions." Grant said.
Memphis will open the regular season on Fri., Sept. 5, when they host UNC-Wilmington in the opening round of the four-team, Memphis-Diadora Tournament. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Echles Field.