@UMTigerSoccer Scores Three Second Half Goals in 3-1 Win Over Mercer
Sept. 24, 2013
With the win, Memphis extends their unbeaten streak to six games.
Keely opened the scoring in the 53rd minute to give Memphis a 1-0 lead. The senior midfielder is now tied with Hunter Danna for the team lead in goals with three. Freshman Raul Gonzalez provided the assist on Keely's strike, the third helper of the season for Gonzalez.
Fakhry Khulfan scored his first goal as a Tiger in the 68th minute to extend the Memphis lead to 2-0. Shane Keely set up the goal, feeding a perfect ball to Quincy Thomas, who then found Khulfan in the box for the finish.
Mercer got a goal back in the 71st minute through David Murtaugh who cut the Memphis lead to 2-1.
Gonzalez created another chance in the 83rd minute. The freshman made a run into the box and was pulled down by a Mercer defender. Mark Sherrod scored on the ensuing penalty kick for his second goal of the season, and pushed the Memphis lead to 3-1.
Memphis played on the front foot for most of the game, as the Tigers were able to pressure the Mercer goal and create scoring chances throughout the game.
Gonzalez and Keely were at the center of several of the scoring chances in both halves. Keely opened the game with two shots on goal in the first two minutes of the game, forcing saves from Mercer goalie Greg Ranjitsingh.
In the ninth minute, Gonzalez forced Ranjitsingh to make a diving save after great set-up play by midfielder Simon Estornel.
Gonzalez tested Ranjitsingh again in the 28th minute, but Ranjitsingh was able to push the ball wide of the post.
Cody Uzcategui was called into action in the 34th minute and made a big save on a low, driving shot by Jason Sayers of Memphis.
Uzcategui finished the game with two saves and earned his sixth victory of the season.
Memphis continued to push in the second half, and the team was rewarded on the goals by Keely, Khulfan and Sherrod.
The Tigers outshot the Bears 21-6 in the contest, and Memphis finished with 13 shots on target.
Memphis returns to action in a conference matchup against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Mike Rose Soccer Complex and admission is FREE for all fans.