@UMTigerSoccer Defeats No. 21 Charlotte 2-1
Sept. 15, 2013
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Shane Keely scored in the 86th minute as the Tigers (4-1-1) earned a 2-1 victory over the No. 21 Charlotte 49ers (2-2-1) in Birmingham, Ala. With the win, the Tigers took home first place in the 2013 "Soccer For a Cure" Classic.
Keely scored his second goal of the season on an assist from Liam Collins. Both of Keely's goals this season have been game-winners. His first goal came in the season-opening 1-0 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Aug. 30.
Mark Sherrod led the Tigers with four shots and two shots on goal. Gonzalez, Keely and Kauker each had a shot on goal.
Collins, Sherrod, Keely and Gonzalez were each named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances this weekend.
Cody Uzcategui picked up his fourth victory of the season in goal and made two saves. The Memphis defense was able to limit the Charlotte attack for most of the game, as the 49ers finished with just three shots on goal. The Tigers defense also forced Charlotte into nine offsides calls.
The game was tied for most of the first half. In the 44th minute, Charlotte broke through for the 1-0 lead on a goal by Luke Waechter. The goal was the first allowed by Memphis in the first half this season.
The Tigers were able to turn up the pressure after halftime and get the two goals in the second half.
Gonzalez and Sherrod each had chances midway through the second half. In the 63rd minute, Gonzalez forced a save by Charlotte keeper Klay Davis to keep the 49ers up 1-0.
Sherrod got a header on target but was denied by Davis in the 75th minute.
Kauker broke through for Memphis just five minutes after Sherrod's chance. Memphis capitalized on that momentum and Keely scored just six minutes later and Memphis held on for the victory.
This was the second consecutive Sunday where the Tigers earned a 2-1 victory with two goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. Last Sunday, Memphis defeated Oral Roberts 2-1 with two goals by Hunter Danna in the last 10 minutes of that contest.
The Tigers open American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 21 against the Cincinnati Bearcats. Kickoff from Cincinnati, Ohio is set for 6:00 p.m. next Saturday night.