SMS Shut Out on Metcalf Goal, 1-0
Aug. 28, 2004
On a wet and sloppy field, the University of Memphis men's soccer team only needed an Andy Metcalf second half goal to shutout Southwest Missouri State 1-0 Saturday night.
In front of 97 die-hard fans at Echles Field, a corner kick by Dayton O'Brien skipped off the head of Justin Dyer. The skipped header then came into the path of Metcalf who knocked the goal into the right side for the game winner in the 64:01 minute.
"Nobody was on me," Metcalf said. "I was just hoping I had a chance to manage a great kick."
O'Brien, who kicked six corners in the game, praised the implementation of the goal after the game.
"It was all around a good execution on the corner," O'Brien said. "It was one straight out of the coaches book."
The Tigers nearly took a 2-0 lead off a shot by sophomore Brad Whitsitt. After getting into position with a great look at the goal, Whitsitt nailed the shot but deflected it off the post.
The U of M defense held the Bears to six shots with only one in the second half. Memphis had 11 shots in the game.
"It was the best defense I've seen played since I've been here," Metcalf said. "It's great to go into the season with these two wins."
Memphis head coach Richie Grant also said he was pleased with the Tigers' defense.
"The defense was solid," he said. "They had to cope with speed up front. They looked very focused at the back. I really liked the way our players took on the commitment to keep the shutout toward the end of the game."
The shutout is the first for the Tigers since blanking UAB on Oct. 8, 2003. Memphis had two shutouts last year. Senior Sebastian Vecchio picked up the win for the Tigers, playing 78:30 minutes after replacing freshman Tyler Strom in the first half due to a bloody nose. Vecchio finished with two saves, while Strom picked up one.
"It was a very good preparation game for our season," Grant said. "It had all the quality of a Conference USA game."
With the win, Memphis finishes its exhibition schedule 2-0 in preparation for the season opener against Centenary at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, September 3 at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The Tigers will host the annual Memphis Diadora Tournament with Western Kentucky and Oral Roberts also competing in the event.