Tigers Keep Rolling, Beat Marquette 3-1
Oct. 2, 2004
Andy Metcalf scored two early goals to help put Marquette University away, 3-1, on Saturday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
With the win, the Tigers improve to 7-2-0 and 3-0-0 in the conference and have a four-game winning streak. Marquette falls to 2-6-1 and 0-3-1.
"I'm pleased with the way we have been starting our games," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "I'm very happy to be saying that so often. We had an excellent finish to a well played first half."
On Memphis' first two shots in the game, Metcalf put the Tigers up 2-0 with his second and third goals of the week less than two minutes apart. The junior Preseason All-Conference USA selection now leads the team with six goals. John Reilly picked up his first assist on the first goal and Daniel Dobson picked up his fifth assist on the second one.
"Those three goals this week really are special, especially since I had trouble scoring in conference games last year," Metcalf said. "This week we've beat two teams that I've never had the chance to win against until now."
Six minutes later in the 18th minute, reining College Soccer News National Team selection Dayton O'Brien scored his fourth goal of the season on Brad Phillips' first assist of the year. The Tigers took a 3-0 lead before Matt Blouin scored the game's final goal in the 33rd minute.
The defense, led by Justin Dyer, then took control of the second half, holding the Golden Eagles scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Tiger defense has held their opponents to three goals in the last four games while the Memphis offense has scored 13 goals.
"Our job is much easier when we're ahead," Dyer said. "All we have to do is stop them from scoring. When we get those early goals to get the lead, the hard part is already done."
Marquette is the second team in a row to fall to the Tigers after winning the last three matchups. Memphis beat Cincinnati for the first time in four years on Wednesday. The Tigers are off to their best start since 1992 and their best C-USA start ever.
"This is my last year and I've been wanting a year like this since I was a freshman," Dyer said. "I couldn't be happier with the start we are having and the way we are playing."
The Tigers next play a home conference game against Louisville at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Tickets for the game is $2 for adults and free for children under 18 and students with an ID card.