Tigers Battle No. 24 Furman to 2-2 Draw
GREENVILLE, S.C.- Memphis (1-2-1) fought No. 24 Furman (4-1-1) to 2-2 draw, on Sunday, at the Furman-Diadora/Spinx Grey Memorial Tournament.
An injury forced the Tigers to re-shuffle the line-up, moving team captain Andreas Guentner to defender and giving Quincy Thomas and Dennis Kennetz, Jr. their first starts for Memphis. The line-up moves paid-off on both sides of the ball as a hard fought match ensued.
The Tigers got on the board early on an unassisted goal by Thomas. In the second minute, the freshman drove a shot just outside the box to the left corner, giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Thomas' first career goal wearing the Blue and Gray.
In the second half, the Tigers increased their lead 2-0 in the 53rd-minute on Chandler Gagnon's third goal of the season. Thomas played the ball into the box on a cross that was headed by Lewis Ellis towards Gagnon finishing at the left post. The assists were the first on the season for Thomas and Ellis. Gagnon now leads the Tigers on the season in goals with three.
The Paladins got on the board in the 58th-minute when Memphis committed a foul inside the 18-yard box. Furman's Martin Ontiveros nailed the penalty kick to the center of the goal, cutting Memphis' lead to one.
Walker Zimmerman netted the Paladins' game equalizer in the 68th-minute. Martin Ontiveros severed the ball on a corner-kick, Zimmerman then finished with a header to knot the game at two.
Moving into the first OT, Memphis was able to control the ball and take the only shot of the period. Mark Sherrod made an attempt at a game winner off a header late, but Furman-goalkeeper Doug Ryan was there for the save.
In the second OT, Memphis stayed in control with the Paladins attempting one shot in the 109th-minute that was blocked by the Tigers-defense. For their efforts in both games of the weekend tournament against the College of Charleston and Furman, Memphis forward Mark Sherrod and midfielder Liam Collins were voted, by the Furman coaches, to the All-Tournament Team.
The Tigers return to the pitch next weekend at UAB Soccer for a Cure Classic facing Washington on Friday at 4:30 p.m. (CT) and FDU on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. (CT). For more information on the University of Memphis men's soccer program please visit GoTigersGo.com.