Tigers fall to Oral Roberts 1-0 in Memphis-Diadora Championship
Sept. 4, 2004
In the championship match of the Memphis Diadora Tournament, the University of Memphis men's soccer team lost 1-0 to Oral Roberts in a thrilling defensive showdown on Saturday.
In front of 247 fans at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, the game remained scoreless until the 83:23 minute. Freshman forward Miguel Peralta finished a crossing pass by Paul Oban to score the lone goal and put the Tigers away in their first defeat of the season.
"The game was played in the right spirit," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "We're disappointed that we didn't get the win, but we can't fault the effort of the players. Oral Roberts had some nice players on their team. It felt like it was going to be a one goal event from the very beginning."
Memphis (1-1-0) nearly tied the game in the final minutes of the game. A save by ORU goalie Tony Quartuccio off a hot shot from John Reilly and a shot off the crossbar in the final seconds nearly sent the game into overtime. The U of M finished with 19 shots compared to eight by the Golden Eagles. Quartuccio finished with 11 saves.
Earlier today, Western Kentucky University (1-1-0) beat Centenary College (0-2-0) by a score of 2-1. The Hilltoppers scored two goals in the first half from junior Steven Medlock and senior Trey Alexander. Oral Roberts (2-0-0) took first and WKU took second place in the tournament while the Gents took fourth. Memphis finished third after scoring one fewer goal then Western Kentucky in the tournament.
Memphis senior midfielder John Reilly and junior defender Gary Connolly both were selected to the Memphis Diadora Tournament as selected by the coaches.
The Memphis Diadora Tournament MVP was Oral Roberts junior forward Jorge Flor who scored one goal in the opening game against Western Kentucky. Junior midfielder Dave Leung, senior midfielder Adam Allee and senior midfielder Noah Braun joined Flor on the all-tournament team. Junior defender Clay McMillan, senior defender Scott DeGaris and senior midfielder Trey Alexander were selected to the all-tournament team from Western Kentucky and freshman forward Ben Caldarera and freshman defender Dustin Forward were selected from Centenary.
Western Kentucky will travel back to Memphis on Friday, September 10 for the Tigers next home game at 6 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The game will be part of a doubleheader with the U of M women's soccer team who will play Tennessee Tech at 8 p.m. Tickets are free for children 18 and under and $2 for adults. U of M students get in free with their student identification card.