@UMTigerSoccer Plays Bucs to 0-0 Draw
Sept. 13, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The University of Memphis men's soccer team and the ETSU Buccaneers (1-1-2) played to a 0-0 draw in Birmingham, Ala. on Friday night.
The Tigers (3-1-1) outshot the Bucs 18-11 and had seven shots on goal but could not get the decisive score. Both goalies, Cody Uzcategui of Memphis and ETSU's Ryan Coulter made a handful of big saves throughout regulation and in both overtimes.
With the shutout, the Memphis defense has now held opponents scoreless for 405:31 out of a possible 470 minutes this season (86%). Uzcategui also picked up his third shutout in just five starts this season
Each team produced one great scoring chance in the first half. In the 9th minute, Uzcategui made a save on a header by ETSU's Luiz Calzadilla. Calzadilla put the ball on net after a corner kick, one of four corners that ETSU had in the first half.
Memphis put more pressure on the ETSU defense as the half went on, and had four shots come close, but miss the goal either high or wide. The Tigers had their best chance right before halftime, when a Raul Gonzalez header off of a corner kick was knocked away by ETSU keeper Ryan Coulter.
At the end of an even first half, Memphis had outshot ETSU 6-3. Each team had one shot on goal in the opening 45 minutes, with each goalie making a save to keep the game scoreless.
The score has been 0-0 at halftime in all five of Memphis's game this season.
Uzcategui came up big in the 47th minute, making a save on a shot by ETSU's William Nordenstrom.
Memphis continued to create opportunities in the second half. The Tigers had 12 shots in the first half and five were on target.
Sherrod had two chances after Uzcategui's save, but he had a header stopped by Coulter and a chance in the 53rd minute that hit the crossbar.
Sherrod forced an ETSU team save in the 88th minute, and Coulter stopped a shot by Gagnon right at the end of regulation.
Gonzalez had the best chance in either overtime, forcing a save from Coulter in the 95th minute.
Memphis faces off against Charlotte on Sunday afternoon in their final game in the "Soccer For a Cure" Classic. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. at UAB's West Campus Field.
- This is the first OT game of the season for Memphis this season. In 2012, the Tigers played nine games that went into extra time, and had a 2-4-3 record in those games.
- This is the first 0-0 shutout for Memphis since a scorless draw against Vermont on Sept. 18, 2009 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
- Tigers goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui now has three individual shutouts in his Memphis career. All three of those have come this season.