McCarty Hits Double Overtime Game Winner Over EIU
Sept. 17, 2004
Nashville, Tenn. -- With just over eight minutes left in double overtime, Marcus McCarty nailed a game winning goal giving the University of Memphis men's soccer team a 3-2 victory over Eastern Illinois on Friday.
The freshman forward from Fort Worth, Texas hit his second game winner in as many games for his second goal on the season. Senior defender Justin Dyer assisted on the play with a throw in from the right side that skipped off the head of senior Daniel Dobson and into the path of McCarty. Dyer's one point in the game equals his entire 2003 total.
"It was intense," McCarty said. "We didn't know where the ball was going to bounce. But we played composed in the back and let our forwards and midfielders do the work. Luckily, we got the goal."
The double overtime win is the first OT victory since Memphis (3-1-0) defeated East Carolina 2-1 on Oct. 11, 2002. The Tigers last double overtime win was on Sept. 6, 2002 in a 2-1 victory against San Francisco.
Eastern Illinois junior Jimmy Klatter scored his second goal of the season at the end of the 16th minute, giving the Panthers an early 1-0 lead. The junior beat two Memphis defenders to score on the left side from 10-yards out.
Sophomore Brad Whitsitt brought the Tigers right back into the game with a goal from 30-yards out in the 23rd minute. Whitsitt knocked a riser over the head of EIU goalie Mike Sims for his first goal of the year, and leading the two teams into a 1-1 score at the half.
"[The shot was] suspenseful," Whitsitt said. "I wasn't sure it was going to go in. When I saw the keeper playing up, I didn't know if he was going to get back in time."
Brad Earl broke the tie in the 46th minute with a goal from 10-yards out off a cross by Phil Clemmer to give the Panthers a 2-1 lead. The one-point advantage lasted until the 71st minute when junior Andy Metcalf scored off Dayton O'Brien's second assist in the game. The goal is the first in the season for Metcalf, a Preseason All-Conference USA selection.
The Tigers' endurance paid off at the end as Memphis outshot Eastern Illinois 18-14.
"We thought our fitness was where we could win," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "As the game wore on, we felt we were the fitter team. That's a credit to Robbie [Nicholson's] work."
Freshmen Mark Gourlay and goalie Tyler Strom made their first collegiate starts in the game. Strom, a Thornton, Colo., native, played all 102 minutes and recorded five saves. The Panthers fall to 2-2-0 on the season.
The Tigers will play their final game in the Vanderbilt Puma Classic on Sunday against the tournament host at 2 p.m. Vanderbilt (1-3-1) tied with Northwestern (4-1-1) in the late game of the tournament on Friday. If the Tigers beat the Commodores, they will be the tournament champions. Lives stats are available during the game on the Internet. A link to the live stats is available on the men's soccer schedule page at www.gotigersgo.com.