Men's Soccer Draws 2-2 Double-Overtime Tie Against ECU
Sept. 26, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - The University of Memphis men's soccer team raced to a 2-0 lead, but was unable to maintain that lead as ECU scored two unanswered goals and neither team was able to find the game-winner in the overtime periods as the match ended in a 2-2 tie Friday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The match was the C-USA home opener for the Tigers, who fall to 3-3-1 on the year and 0-1-1 in C-USA play. ECU is now 3-2-2 and 0-2-2 in league action.
Memphis looked poised to put the game away just two minutes later when Dobson headed a Dayton O'Brien corner kick to forward Omar Jarun, who headed the ball in from two yards out.
ECU cut the lead in half at the 42:25 mark when Chris Mobley sent a through ball to a streaking Joe Ellington who dribbled in a placed a shot just out of a diving Sebastian Vecchio's reach.
Dobson received his second yellow card of the match in the 85th minute forcing the Tigers down 10-men-to-11 for the remainder of the match. The Pirates took advantage of the one-man-advantage and reserve Mark Djurovski scored the game-tying goal in the 90th minute off a corner kick from Reed Avren.
The Tigers were able to hold the Pirates to one shot in the two overtime periods, but were unable to connect of their four shots as the game ended in the 2-2 tie.
Memphis outshot ECU 23-10 in the match, including 10-3 in shots on goal. However, ECU goalie made seven saves in 103:38 minutes. Defender David Broyles made a save in 6:22 of action.
"This was a disappointing and frustrating performance for us," said head coach Richie Grant. "We should have gotten more out of the game when we were up 2-0. We played with no conviction after we went up 2-0."
The Tigers will return to action on Wed., Oct. 1, when they face Cincinnati in an important C-USA contest. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at the MRSC.