@UMTigerSoccer Defeats USF 2-0
Oct. 5, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Shane Keely and Liam Collins each scored in the first half to propel the University of Memphis (7-3-1, 2-1-0) to a 2-0 win over conference foe USF (3-2-4, 0-1-1) at Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Saturday night.
Keely's fourth goal of the season proved to be the game-winner, the third game-winning strike for the senior midfielder this season. Keely also scored game-winners against Cal State Fullerton (1-0 victory on Aug. 30), and Charlotte (2-1 on Sep. 15).
Collins finished with a three-point night as he also provided the assist on Keely's goal. Collins now has 30 career assists, and is four behind Dayton O'Brien for the most in program history.
Memphis picks up their fifth shutout of the season with the two-goal victory. Cody Uzcategui had a superb game in goal, making six saves, five of which came in the second half when USF was pressuring the Memphis defense.
Keely opened the scoring for the Tigers in the 31st. The senior midfielder took possession of the ball in the midfield and played a give-and-go with Collins. Keely received the return pass from Collins just outside of the box, and finished with an outstanding strike into the top of the net to give Memphis a 1-0 lead.
Collins doubled the Memphis advantage just five minutes later. Memphis was awarded a free kick after USF goalkeeper Brennton Muhammad was called for a handball outside of his box. Collins took the free kick and was able to score from left of the goal.
In the second half, the Memphis defense was exceptional in fending off constant USF pressure. USF ended up with 18 shots, 14 in the second half, but many of those chances were blocked or missed the target. For those that did reach the goal, Uzcategui was at his best in keeping the Bulls off the board throughout the night.
One of the best sequences for Uzcategui and the Memphis defense came in the 70th minute. Uzcategui made a diving save on a shot by USF's Lindo Mfeka, and the Tigers back four cleared the rebound.
Just two minutes later, the Memphis keeper made two more great saves, and Memphis was able to play the rest of the game out for the clean sheet.
The Tigers hit the road for a pair of conference matches next week. Memphis faces off with UCF in Orlando, Fla. on Wednesday, and then travels to Connecticut for a match against UConn on Saturday night. Kickoff for both matches is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.