Collins' 88th-Minute Goal Seals Memphis' 3-2 Comeback Victory at Belmont
Sept. 1, 2011
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Three second-half goals led the University of Memphis men's soccer team to a 3-2 comeback victory at Belmont on Thursday night. With the win, Memphis improves to 2-0 on the season while Belmont drops to 1-1.
Liam Collins slid the ball through the Belmont defense and straight into the side panel of the goal, giving Memphis a 3-2 lead with only 2:30 left on the clock. Collins' goal was the third in the second half for the Tigers, who rallied after trailing 1-0 at the break.
The Bruins were the first team to get on the board. In the 32nd minute, Senior Will Moorad made a run in behind the defense towards the ball and was taken out by Tiger goalkeeper Conor Hurley. After calling a foul and handing out a yellow card, the referee awarded Belmont a penalty kick. Edgardo Padilla stepped up to the penalty spot and beat the keeper to the top left corner of the net.
Lewis Ellis provided the equalizer in the 56th minute with a header goal off a corner kick. Collins served the corner, and Ellis put it away for his first career goal.
Belmont countered less than four minutes later to take a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute of play. After another Memphis foul set the Bruins up with a free kick just outside the box, Olsak took the set piece. Olsak bent his shot over the defending wall and inside the near post for the score.
Memphis would once again knot the score at 2-2 in the 75th minute. Andreas Guentner received the ball on a throw in and served a cross in the box. Mark Sherrod would get his head on it and put it in the back of the net for the goal, his second of the season.
The Tigers outshot Belmont 17-10 and recorded six corners to the Bruins' zero. Six total yellow cards were issued in the match, and there were 34 fouls called. Belmont was whistled for 21 fouls to Memphis' 13.
The Tigers return to Mike Rose Soccer Complex for a match-up with Missouri State slated for 7 p.m. on Sunday.