Memphis Opens Season with 1-1 Double Overtime Draw with Bradley
Sept. 5, 2009
PEORIA, Ill. - The Memphis men's soccer squad used some late game heroics in the form of a Parker Duncan goal in the 86th minute to force a 1-1 tie in a late-night skirmish with the Bradley Braves in the second game of the Busey Bank Kickoff Classic at Shea Stadium in Peoria, Ill. The game was the opening game for the U of M and also served as the opening game for Fox Soccer Channel's "NSCAA Men's Soccer Game of the Week." With the tie, the Memphis Tigers begin the season with a 0-0-1 record. Bradley falls to 1-0-1 on the year.
Bradley got things going quickly with a 9th minute goal from last year's leading goal scorer Chris Cutshaw, his second of the season. Cutshaw broke away from the Tiger defense after he was served the ball beyond midfield by Bryan Gaul. Cutshaw got past Memphis goalkeeper Michael Goodlett and put the ball in the goal to give Jim DeRose's Braves the early 1-0 lead.
Bradley ended the first half with five shots (one on goal), compared to Memphis, who finished the opening period with three shots (one on goal).
The Tigers came out with a more fervent pace in the second period with seven shots (three on goal) compared to Bradley which had five shots (two on goal). However, it wasn't until the 86th minute when Memphis midfielder Bradley Jacobs managed to control the ball at the top of the box despite several Bradley defenders battling for the ball and get the ball to Ryan Ruble who played it to Duncan who tapped the ball with the back of his heel past Bradley goalkeeper Drew Van Kampen. The goal is the first of the regular season for Duncan, a sophomore from Johnson City, Tenn., who led the Tigers in goals last season as a freshman with six.
Neither team was able to score a goal in both overtime periods. The best chance for Memphis came on a Jacobs opportunity in front of the goal, but the opportunity was foiled by Van Kampen who grabbed the ball before the Franklin, Tenn., native could get off a shot.
The Tigers were led offensively by J.J. Greer, a freshman from Cordova, Tenn., who finished the game with four shots (one on goal). Both Duncan and Ruble, who returned to action after missing the entire preseason, finished with two shots on goal. Greer was one of four freshmen to get the starting nod from Richie Grant in the contest. Jordan Johnson, Justin Watson and Jon Wright also started for a young Tiger squad.
Another notable stat for the Tigers was the deficit in the corner kicks. The Tigers finished with nine corner kicks compared to only two for Bradley. All nine corner kicks were taken by Memphis sophomore defender Thomas Shannon.
With the tie, Goodlett, the U of M goalkeeper, moves his record to 0-0-1. The Bolton, Miss., native finished the game with two saves in 110 minutes. Bradley netminder Van Kampen moves to 1-0-1 on the year.
Friday night's game was a rematch of a meeting last season between the two squads at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. A depleted Tiger squad fell to the No. 21 Bradley squad, 4-0, in the second game of the Memphis Diadora Classic.
Friday's game which began at 10 p.m. (CST), didn't end until approximately 12:36 a.m. (CST) due to two overtime periods. Despite the late start the game was played in front of a crowd of 2,612 fans.
The Busey Bank Kickoff Classic continues on Sunday for the Tigers with a match against the Eastern Illinois Panthers at Shea Stadium at 1 p.m. (CST).