Hat Trick For UMKC Freshman Sends Kangaroos Past Tigers, 3-1
Sept. 11, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -
The UMKC Kangaroos defeated the Memphis Tigers, 3-1, using three goals from freshman David Sarabia on Friday evening in the U of M's first game of the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala. The loss is the first of the season for Memphis, who falls to 1-1-1 on the year. UMKC improves to 1-2-0 with the win. The field at West Campus Field was soaked after rain hit the Birmingham area for most of the afternoon.
"It was a difficult night finding ourselves down 2 to 0 at the half," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "I thought we came out well in the second half and got some opportunities. J.J. scored a well deserved goal. That third goal of theirs really killed us. I thought the better team won the match on the night."
Sarabia, a product of Miami, Fla., opened up the scoring on Friday night in the 10th minute when he beat Memphis goalkeeper Michael Goodlett in a 1v1 situation for the goal. The assist came from Birmingham, Ala., native Chris Markey, playing in his hometown.
Sarabia struck again in the 39th minute for his second goal of the game. Sarabia headed the ball in off of a cross from Jimmy Simon, a sophomore transfer from Rutgers. The assist is the first of the season for Simon. Simon and senior midfielder Bryan Perez also notched shots on goal.
UMKC ended the first half with seven shots, including four shots on goal. Sarabia led the way with two shots on goal.
Memphis had three shots in the opening period, two of which were on goal. Parker Duncan had an attempt in the 8th minute that was saved by UMKC netminder Ken Cooper. Ryan Ruble, a junior from Lee's Summit, Mo., ended the first half with the Tigers' other shot on goal. Freshman J.J. Greer also had a shot in the first half.
Two yellow cards were given out in the first half. Memphis freshman midfielder Andreas Guentner, playing in his first regular season game for the U of M, received a card in the 22nd minute of play. Markey, a junior defender for UMKC, received a yellow card in the 37th minute of action.
The Tigers picked up their pace coming out of the half down, 2-0. In the 49th minute defender Rory O'Connor had a shot on goal off of a corner kick. Duncan, who had one goal and two assists coming into the contest, followed three minutes later with a shot that was wide of the goal. Jon Wright, who netted his first two goals of the season against Eastern Illinois, also had a shot go wide of the net.
In the 57th minute, the Tigers were able to connect to cut the Kangaroos' lead to 2-1. Greer, a freshman forward from Cordova, Tenn., put in a shot from 10 yards out into the right corner of the goal past Cooper, the UMKC goalkeeper. The goal is Greer's first regular season goal of his career. The Christian Brothers High School graduate had an assist against Eastern Illinois last Sunday. Duncan picked up his third assist of the season on Greer's goal.
Following the goal, the U of M kept up their fervent pace with two shots by Wright and one shot by Duncan.
Guentner, a native of Regensburg, Germany, tallied the third shot on goal of the second half in the 73rd minute. Cooper wrangled the ball for his fourth save of the match.
Sarabia picked up the hat trick with his third goal of the game in the 77th minute on a give and go with Simon. The shot was the first of the second half for the Kangaroos and proved to be the dagger for the Tigers who looked to be surging coming out of the locker room at half. The assist was Simon's second of the game.
UMKC picked up their second yellow card of the game in the 83rd minute when Perez, a senior from Miami, Fla., was carded.
The game ended with a UMKC penalty kick by John Bayron Sosa, the shot was saved by Goodlett.
Memphis finished the game with 12 shots, including five shots on goal. The Tigers had nine shots compared to three for UMKC in the second half. Duncan led the way for Memphis with four shots on the game. Five players ended the game with one shot on goal for Memphis (Duncan, Greer, Guentner, O'Connor and Ruble). Sarabia led UMKC with three shots on goal, all of which were connected on for goals. Simon had two shots on goal.
Cooper picks up the win in goal for UMKC. The native of St. Louis, Mo., had four saves and allowed one goal. He improves to 1-2-0 on the year.
Goodlett picks up his first loss of the season. The senior netminder allowed three goals while accumulating four saves. Goodlett has now given up four goals on the season and has nine saves.
Memphis will return to action on Sunday at 12 p.m., when the take on No. 23 Drake in their second game of the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic. UMKC will take on UAB on Sunday at West Campus Field.