Vecchio's Nine Saves Not Enough as Vanderbilt Wins 1-0 in Double OT
Sept. 19, 2004
Nashville, Tenn - In it's second double overtime game in a row, Sebastian Vecchio's nine saves wasn't enough as Vanderbilt University defeated the University of Memphis men's soccer team, 1-0 at the Vanderbilt Puma Classic.
Vecchio kept the Tigers in the game with several outstanding saves. He held the Commodores scoreless for 101 minutes, before Vanderbilt finally managed to sneak one through to end the game.
In the 14th minute, sophomore Joe Germanese had the Memphis defense beat, creating a one-on-one with goalie Vecchio. The senior keeper deflected Germanese's close range shot for a save, keeping the game scoreless. Vecchio then saved another hard hit line drive from Germanese in the 19th minute and finished with four saves in the first half and added three more in the second and two in overtime. The Buenos Aires, Argentina native came into the game with six saves in 270 minutes played.
The half ended scoreless with Memphis out-shooting the Commodores seven to six. Only one of the Tigers' shots were on goal in the first half. Freshman Marcus McCarty led the Tigers with three shots in the opening half while junior Andy Metcalf hit the lone shot on goal.
Jerry Yirenkyi had one of Vanderbilt's best chances to score with four minutes left in regulation play, but sailed the shot high over the box. A minute later, Vecchio earned his sixth save. Then with 10 seconds left, Vecchio saved a last second attempt by Vanderbilt, sending the game into overtime for the second-straight game.
With 23 seconds left in the first overtime, Vecchio came through again with a spectacular save to preserve the scoreless game and bring on double overtime. Josh Medcalf hit a scorcher from five feet outside the box that Vecchio deflected with outstreched hands.
But in double overtime, John Krause finally got through Vecchio with a game-winning goal in the 101st minute. The goal was Krause's team leading sixth on the year.
It is the sixth time in Memphis history that the Tigers have played back-to-back overtime games. The U of M has come out victorious in six of those 12 games and have won back-to-back overtime games two times. It is only the second time ever that Memphis has played back-to-back overtime games.
Vecchio set a career high in saves for Memphis with nine. He had five saves in losses to Evansville and Cincinnati last year. It is the most saves since Brian Covey recorded 10 against Portland in 1997.
The loss is the third 1-0 game this year. The last time Memphis had three 1-0 games in a season was in 2000 when they had four, winning two of them.
With the loss, the Tigers fall to 3-2-0 on the season while Vanderbilt improves to 2-3-1.
Memphis took third in the Vanderbilt Puma Classic while Northwestern took first place, Vanderbilt took second and Eastern Illinois took fourth. Vecchio and junior Dayton O'Brien were both named to the all-tournament team.
The Tigers return home to play Evansville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Tickets are $2 for adults and free for students and children 18 and under.
Memphis will open its conference play at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Charlotte. The game can be followed live through live stats. A link to the live stats can be found on the men's soccer schedule page at www.gotigersgo.com.