Cooling and Metcalf Score Two Goals Each as Evansville Falls 5-1
Sept. 22, 2004
After six attempts, the University of Memphis men's soccer team beat the University of Evansville for the first time ever, 5-1, at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Wednesday night.
The Tigers (4-2) had previously gone 0-5-1 against the Purple Aces (1-5-1) as all five of the losses were shutouts. The five goals are the most by Memphis since beating Belmont 5-1 on November 4, 2003.
Memphis pulled away with the lead early in the game, scoring its first goal in the two minute mark. The Tigers then pulled away with a 3-1 lead at the 21st minute.
"We started the game excellent," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "We continued to build on our two early goals and never gave in with our defense. Scoring multiple goals in a game is what we've been after, and we did it well today. There was more than one hero on the field today."
Junior Stephen Cooling and junior Andy Metcalf both scored two goals in the game. Cooling's two goals are numbers one and two on the year, and he also picked up his first assist for a total of five points in the game. Metcalf's goals were No. 2 and 3.
The Tigers' leader in points, Dayton O'Brien, added three more to his total, assisting on three of the goals. Two of his assists came by way of the corner kick. Memphis had 11 corner kicks in the game compared to five from Evansville. The Preseason All-Conference-USA selection now has nine points on the season after picking up 23 last year.
In the back field, freshman Mark Gourlay played an instrumental role in holding the Purple Aces to one point and only nine shots compared to the Tigers' 24.
"Gourlay's defending really helped us keep control of the game," Grant said. "His attacking from the back was very honorable."
Memphis will next travel to Charlotte (2-2-1) to play its first conference game of the season on Saturday at 6 p.m. (central time). The game can be followed live on the Internet through Gametracker. A link to the live stats is found on the men's soccer schedule page at www.gotigersgo.com.