Memphis Falls 2-0 in First Road Contest
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Memphis (1-2-0) dropped its first road contest of the season 2-0 to the College of Charleston (3-1-0), on Friday. The loss marks the first time this season the Tigers were shutout by an opposing team.
Memphis was dealt a blow of bad luck early as senior-defender J.J. Greer went down with an injury, forcing the Tigers adjust their defense. The Tigers responded after the change and played well as the game went back and forth for the first 25 minutes.
The Cougars struck first in the 32nd-minute when Sean de Silva played the ball to Daan Brinkman who buried a shot from 16-yards to the left, giving Charleston a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Brinkman's first of the season.
In the second half, Charleston extended its lead 2-0 in the 61st-minute. Robbie Benson served the ball to Troy Peterson who finished to the far post. Trailing in the final 15 minutes, the Tigers went on the attack to make up lost ground.
However, the Memphis attack was thwarted by Cougars-goalkeeper Kees Hemskerk. In the 66th-minute, Hemskerk recorded back to back saves preventing a header by Memphis' Austin Gross and a shot by Mark Sherrod from finding pay-dirt. Hemskerk finished the game with six saves in the shutout victory.
Memphis returns to action Sunday at the Diadora/Spinks Gray Griffin Memorial Tournament taking on No. 24 Furman at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Under head coach Richie Grant, the Tigers have eight wins over top-25 opponents with four of those wins coming in the last four seasons.
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