Men's Soccer Defeats Centenary, 2-1
Sept. 6, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - Sophomore forward Andy Metcalf scored a pair of first half goals and an undermanned Tiger defense was able to hold off a full Centenary squad to take a 2-1 decision in Memphis-Diadora Tournament action Saturday night at Echles Field. Memphis improves to 1-1 on the year, while Centenary falls to 0-4. Illinois-Chicago won the tournament by defeating UNC-Wilmington, 2-1.
Metcalf put Memphis ahead 1-0 on the game's opening goal in the 11th minute, after taking a pass from John Reilly and slipping a 12-yarder from the right side of the frame past a diving Stefan Nicola, the Centenary keeper.
Gents' forward Michael Pickard evened the slate at the 15:44 mark of the first half on a 25-yard blast just inside the penalty box after settling a pass from Alex Smith.
Daniel Dobson slipped a pass to a streaking Metcalf, who then scored the game-winning goal on a shot from eight yards out inside the right post to give Memphis a 2-1 advantage.
The teams would play at full strength until the 59th minute, when Memphis captain and center defender Graham Gibbs was red carded. The Tigers went down two men in the 68th minute after defender Jonathan Thomas was also sent off. However, the U of M defense held the Gents out of the net for the win.
"I thought that this was a great show of character for the team to play with nine," said head coach Richie Grant. "I am proud of the way the players performed in the final 25 minutes. The way we played with nine is the way we need to play with 11." Grant concluded.
Memphis keeper Sebastian Vecchio made a pair of saves to record the win in his first regular season match in goal for the blue and gray. Nicola made five saves for the Gents in a losing effort.
Memphis will be back in action on Fri., Sept. 12, when they travel to Louisville, Ky. for the conference opener against Louisville in the Holiday Inn-Downtown Classic.