Strong Team Defense Shuts Down Cincinnati 2-0
Sept. 29, 2004
Cincinnati, Ohio - Using two first half goals, the University of Memphis men's soccer team shutout the University of Cincinnati 2-0 on Wednesday.
The Tigers begin conference play 2-0-0 for the first time ever as a member of Conference USA and are 6-2-0. Both wins have come on the road. Memphis also breaks up a three-game losing streak against the Bearcats (2-6-0, 1-1-0).
"It's a great feeling to have this win," said senior midfielder Daniel Dobson. "This is the first time any of these guys on the team have beat Cincinnati."
Two minutes into the game, junior forward Andy Metcalf put the Tigers up 1-0 with a breakaway goal off a pass from Dobson. The goal is Metcalf's team leading fourth of the year. The Preseason All-Conference USA selection now has nine points.
"It's always great to get an early lead," said head coach Richie Grant. "We had a great tempo in the early half and the win is a fair award for our team."
Memphis then went up 2-0 with an unassisted header off of Dobson. The goal began with a throw in by senior defender Justin Dyer to the goal area and bounced off a Cincinnati defender before being knocked in by Dobson for his second goal of the season. Dobson finished with three points in the game and now has eight on the year.
The Memphis defense held UC to only two shots on goal. Senior goalkeeper Sebastian Vecchio earned his second shutout of the season, matching his total for the season last year.
"The team defending was outstanding tonight," Grant said. "It really wasn't a night to pick an individual as the difference maker. All of our defenders got behind the ball, and everybody did their jobs tonight. If you're going to win at Cincinnati, you're going to need to be able to do that."
The Tigers return home to take on Marquette at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are $2 for adults and free for children under 18 and students with an ID card.