Tigers Play Catamounts to Scorless Draw At Memphis Classic
Sept. 18, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Tigers, ranked sixth in the Midwest Region, played the Vermont Catamounts to a 0-0 draw on Friday evening at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in the Tigers' first game of the 2009 Memphis Classic. The Tigers used a strong defensive performance from goalkeeper Michael Goodlett and the Memphis defense to pick up their second shutout of the season. Memphis moves to 2-1-2 with the draw. Vermont is now 0-3-3. The game is the third draw in a row for the Catamounts who also had ties against Portland and UMASS last weekend at the Morgan Stanley/Smith Barney Classic in Burlington, Vt.
Memphis had a tremendous goal opportunity in the 17th minute when freshman forward received the ball off a serve and was behind the defense but Watson played the shot too high. Watson, a native of Myrtle Beach, S.C., would follow the opportunity with a shot on goal in the 20th minute.
Memphis finished the first half with nine shots compared to three for the Catamounts. Watson led the Tigers in the period with three shots and one shot on goal. The U of M also had seven corner kicks compared to zero for the opposing Vermont squad.
The first shot on goal for either team came 14 minutes into the second period when Vermont's Jordan Smith, a freshman midfielder from Atlanta, Ga., tested Goodlett.
Memphis controlled the pace in both the first and second periods, outshooting the Catamounts 19 to 8 in regulation. Both keepers had solid slates during the second period with Critz accumulating four saves and Goodlett racking up three saves. Memphis once again controlled corner kicks outnumbering Vermont eight to zero.
The Tigers had the only two opportunities in the first overtime, with shots on goal by Ryan Ruble and freshman defender Jordan Johnson. The Catamounts recorded their first and only corner kick on the contest in the first overtime.
The U of M also had the only shot of the second overtime.
Memphis finished the fixture against Vermont with 22 shots and nine shots on goal. Vermont had eight shots and five shots on goal. Ruble, a sophomore from Lee'Summit, Mo., led the way with four shots and two shots on goal. Wright, who is second on the team in goals as a freshman, recorded three shots and two shots on goal.
The Tigers had 18 corner kicks to one for Vermont.
Goodlett, a senior goalkeeper from Bolton, Miss., notched his second shutout of the season with the blank slate. The Tiger netminder also recorded a shutout against Eastern Illinois at the Busey Bank Kickoff Festival in Peoria, Ill. Goodlett finished the game with five saves. He now has a seasons goals against average of 1.30. The senior has accumulated 18 saves on the season on his way to a 2-1-2 record.
Critz, a senior goalkeeper from Enfield, Ct., moved to 0-3-3 on the year with the draw. The Catamount netminder has allowed seven goals and has ranked up 16 saves on the 2009 season.
Friday's games were part of a triple header at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex beginning with the first game of the Memphis Classic pitting the UAB Blazers against the Central Arkansas Bears. UAB used two goals from Kofi Gwayu to get past UCA. The Blazers take an early lead in the hunt for the Memphis Classic as they are the only team who won on Friday.
In the third game of the triple header, the Memphis women's team lost to the Saint Louis Billikens, 2-0.
The series between the Tigers and Catamounts moves to 0-1-1 for the Tigers. Memphis lost to Vermont, 1-0, in an overtime thriller in Burlington, Vt., last season.
The Memphis Classic will continue of Sunday at 11 a.m., with the third game of the weekend pitting Vermont vs. UAB. The game will be followed by a women's soccer match featuring the Lady Tigers and the Evansville Purple Aces at 1:30 a.m. Sunday's soccer action will end with the Memphis men's soccer team facing-off against the UCA Bears at 5 p.m.