Men's Soccer Opens Season with 1-0 Victory Over Cal State Fullerton
Aug 30, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. – Shane Keely delivered a free-kick goal in the 72nd minute to help Memphis (1-0-0) to a 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton (0-1-0) on Friday night in the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament.
Keely scored on a set piece late in the second half from just outside of the box after a foul was called on Cal State Fullerton. The senior was able to curl the ball up and over the Fullerton wall and into the left corner of the net. The goal was Keely’s first as a Memphis Tiger.
In goal, junior Cody Uzcategui made two big saves to keep the Titans off the board. In the victory, Uzcategui picked up his first career individual shutout. The Tigers defense, led by center backs Austin Stone and J.J. Greer, played a big part in the shutout in limiting the Titans to just two shots on target.
Marc Fenelus had four shots and Ian Ramos had three for the Titans.
Aside from Keely’s goal, the game remained even for most of the 90 minutes. Both teams finished with 12 shots, and both Uzcategui and Cal State Fullerton goalie Bryan Escalante made two saves.
At the end of the first half, each team had three shots, with Fullerton registering the only shot on goal. The Tigers were able to generate scoring chances early, with Sherrod pushing three shots just wide.
The Titans gave the Memphis defense some trouble on corner kicks in the first frame. In the 13th minute, Spencer Johnson headed his attempt high. Uzcategui made a diving save on an attempt by Marc Fenelus off of a corner kick in the 37th minute to keep the game scoreless into halftime.
Memphis returns to action against Cal State Northridge on Sunday night in the final game of the Ryan Rossi Memorial Tournament. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT at Matador Soccer Field.
- Memphis is now 2-1 all-time against Cal State Fullerton.
- The Tigers are 10-3-2 in openers since Richie Grant took over as head coach in 1999. In those 15 seasons, Memphis has outscored the opposition 36-19 in those 15 contests.
- Memphis now holds an overall record of 298-245-54 since men’s soccer began in 1982.
- Shane Keely’s goal in the 72nd minute was his first as a Tiger and was his first game-winning goal.
- Mark Sherrod led the team with four shots.
- Freshman Spencer Moeller made his first career start, debuting as a midfielder.