Memphis Downed 1-0 by Western Illinois in Birmingham
Sept. 12, 2008
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Memphis Tigers lost to the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 1-0, in the first game of the UAB Soccer For A Cure Classic in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday afternoon at West Campus Field. The Tigers moved to 1-4 on the season with the defeat, while the Leathernecks are now 5-0-0 on the year. Western Illinois is currently rated as the No. 7 team in the Midwest region according to the NSCAA.
"I thought that we played better this week than we did in both of our games last week," said Head Coach Richie Grant. "We had great opportunities at the start of the game. Unfortunately for us, the goal we gave up was the only goal of the game. The performance was encouraging but the result was disappointing."
The Leathernecks went ahead for good on an Arthur Paszkowski goal in the 27th minute of the contest off of a give and go with teammate Darryl Odom. It was the first goal of the season for Paszkowski, a freshman forward from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The Tigers took 13 shots compared to Western Illinois' two shots. Six of the Tigers' shots were on goal, including two each by forwards Ryan Ruble, a sophomore from Lee's Summit, Mo., and Brian Farrell, a junior from Dunboyne, Ireland.
The Leathernecks' goalkeeper Stephen Paterson made six saves in the match, moving his season total to 15. The junior from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, allowed no goals in the game, moving his season goals against average to 0.49 on the season. Paterson has only allowed two goals in five games.
Memphis goalie Michael Goodlett gave up only one goal for the third straight game, but earned the loss moving his season record to 1-3. The junior from Bolton, Miss., notched one save on the game, while allowing Western Illinois only goal.
The Tigers will face UC-Irvine in the second game of the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic on Sunday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala. The Anteaters of UC-Irvine are 3-0-1 on the year.