Tigers Joust Knights in 1-0 Shutout
Sept. 16, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Seeking to rebound from a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 20 Washington, Memphis (2-3-1) shutout Fairleigh Dickinson University (3-2-1) 1-0, Sunday, at the UAB Soccer for a Cure Classic.
In the first half, the game was back and forth, as the Tigers played with good communication and energy. Mark Sherrod took the first shot for Memphis, but the attempt went wide of the goal. The Tigers stayed on the attack in the minutes that followed as Liam Collins, Quincy Thomas and Dennis Kennetz, Jr.each took shots on goal that were saved by Knights' goalkeeper Alfredo Malaret.
Memphis broke the 0-0 deadlock when FDU fouled Sherrod setting up a penalty-kick in the 28th-minute. Receiving the ball from Simon Estornel, Sherrod beat the Knights' defense drawing a foul inside the 18-yard box.
The Knoxville, Tenn., native buried the penalty-kick for his third goal of season to give Memphis a 1-0 first half advantage. Sherrod is now 2-0 in penalty-kicks for the season.
The Tigers led 1-0 at the half taking five shots, with three on goal as goalkeeper Conor Hurley recorded one save. In the second half, the Tigers continued to play with tempo, and once against seized control of the game, taking six shots , with two on goal by Austin Gross.
Memphis' defense held the Knights at bay during the final 45-minutes, fending off eight shots by FDU. Holding true to the 90th-minute the Tigers-defensive front was able to secure the 1-0 Memphis win. Goalkeeper Conor Hurleyrecorded his first shutout of 2012 and now has seven for his career wearing the Blue and Gray.
For their efforts during the three day tournament senior Andreas Guentner and freshman Quincy Thomas were named to the All-Tournament team. Memphis returns home Saturday September 22, to face Drake University with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CT) at Mike Rose Stadium.
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