Tigers and Wildcats battle to 2-2 Draw
Sept. 30, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky.-Memphis (3-4-2, 0-1-1) battled Kentucky (5-4-1, 0-0-1) to a 2-2 draw, on Sunday, in the Tigers second Conference USA showdown of the season. The game marked the fifth time this season the Tigers have played in an overtime game.
Memphis struck first in the 16th-minute as Mark Sherrodscored his fifth goal of the 2012 campaign. Sherrod played the ball into the box, beating the goalkeeper to the far post for the score.
Sherrod leads the Tigers in goals (5) and points (13). Memphis carried the 1-0 advantage into the half totaling three shots, three corner kicks, one save and eight fouls in the first 45-minutes.
In the second half, Kentucky's Tyler Riggs netted the equalizer in the 63rd-minute for his sixth goal of the season. Jacob Kemper and Charles Pettys moved the ball down the near sideline, Kemper then found Riggs in the box for the score.
The Wildcats took the lead two minutes later when Pettys netted the ball to the far post to secure a one goal advantage. Riggs and Bryan Celis were each credited with assists on the play.
Memphis knotted the game two-all in the 77th-minute when Benjamin Ciosanskicollected the ball off a deflected free-kick. Ciosanski beat the keeper to the far post to score his first career goal for the Blue and Gray.
As the game moved to overtime, Memphis goalkeeper Conor Hurleyheld tough fending off the Wildcats in a key sequence to keep the Tigers alive. Kentucky's Gabriel Conelian took a shot from five yards out, that was initially blocked by Hurley, Conelian then fired the deflection which Hurley collected for his second save of the game.
Memphis then went on the attack when Chris Gardeaplayed the ball to Sherrod in the box. Sherrod attempted a header that was saved by Wildcats-keep Jack Van Arsdale.
The Tigers went on the attack early in the second OT as Sherrod fired a shot that went wide. Hurly once against hung tough in the net, when Riggs fired another shot on goal that the Dublin, Ireland native reeled in for his third save of the game.
Kentucky made one final attempt for a score, but was flagged for off-sides as time expired. The draw is Memphis' second of the season, with the other coming against No. 25 Furman (Sept. 9).
Memphis travels to Missouri State for the first of its last two non-conference games, Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. (CT). For more information on the University of Memphis men's soccer program and all Tigers-athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.