Comeback Falls Short for Tigers in 4-3 Loss to Vanderbilt
Sept. 24, 2005
For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- After coming back from a 2-0 deficit, the University of Memphis men's soccer team fell 4-3 to Vanderbilt on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Memphis came back to tie the game twice, but never led as the team falls to 4-3 on its third-straight loss. With the loss, the Tigers end a program record 10-game home winning streak. After limiting opponents to three goals through the first games, Memphis has allowed 10 goals in the three losses.
Marcus McCarty scored his team leading sixth goal and Jared Britcher scored his fifth to help the Tigers tie the game at two in the second half. After a Commodore goal had given Vanderbilt back its lead, senior Cormac McArdle tied the game at three. Commodore leading scorer John Krause dealt the finishing blow to the Tigers as he hit the game winner in the 81st minute off a rebound on a save for his eighth goal of the season.
The Tigers struggled to get their offense started in the first half as Vanderbilt limited the nation's third most potent scorers to four shots. Memphis made a key save and a important block on two Vanderbilt shots early in the first half, but the Commodores eventually got on the scoreboard first with a goal by Patrick Murray in the 22nd minute. Murray hit a frozen rope from about 10 yards out on an assist by Joe Germanese to give Vanderbilt a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes into the second half, the Commodores increased their lead to two with the first of two Germanese goals. The Tigers remained scoreless until Britcher knocked a heder off a defender in the 53rd minute. Less than three minutes later, McCarty tied the game on a hard header from a cross by McArdle.
Germanese scored his second goal in the 79th minute to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 lead, but Mcardle tied the game less than a minute later on an unassisted blast from about 25-yards out. Before the Tigers could even look to take the lead, Krause knocked the winning goal in after Germanese had hit a shot off Memphis goalie Gavin McInerney.
McInerney made a career high seven saves in the game as Vanderbilt made 18 shots, putting 11 on goal. The Tigers finished with 14 shots.
Memphis will begin conference play at Tulsa on Friday at 7 p.m. and SMU on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Tigers will return home to host South Carolina and East Carolina on October 7 and 9.