No. 24 Tigers Shutout Louisville, 1-0
Oct. 6, 2004
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Andy Metcalf scored the lone goal for the University of Memphis men's soccer team as the Tiger defense shutout the University of Louisville, 1-0, at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Wednesday.
Metcalf, a reigning Soccer America Team of the Week selection, scored his seventh goal of the season for the No. 24 Tigers in the 53rd minute, eight minutes into the second half. He now ties teammate Dayton O'Brien for the team lead in points with 15.
"Getting that win right after being ranked is huge," Metcalf said. "Though nobody else will probably admit it, the ranking was in our heads a little bit subconsciously. We felt a little more pressure than we are used to, but we got accumulated with it. Now we can go on from here."
Memphis improves to 8-2-0 and 4-0-0 in Conference-USA as the Tigers win their fifth-straight game, tying a school record. The U of M also matches its win total from last season.
The Tiger's goal came off a serve from the midfield by Michael Coburn. It is his first assist of the year.
"The defense as a group was outstanding," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "Andy getting a goal out of a half chance was great. It wasn't our best chance, but we turned it into one. It was then comforting to have our defense look as good as they did in the back."
Senior Sebastian Vecchio earned his third shutout of the season, one more than he had all last year. Vecchio had three saves in the game and stopped a big opportunity for a Louisville goal in the first half. He came out of the box with pressure on in the 30th minute to kick the ball out of bounds right before a Cardinal player got to it.
Freshman Mark Gourlay, senior Justin Dyer and sophomore Brad Whitsitt also played outstanding defense. Dyer blocked a shot by David Guzman in front of the box with 12 minutes to go. A couple minutes later, Whitsitt then blocked another shot a few feet from the box with nine minutes to go off the foot of Andy Damier.
"You're not going to win a conference game without the other team coming at you," Grant said. "But we really went after that second goal the entire second half which really made an impact in the game. We were also able to dominate that spell in the second because of our fitness, and that's a credit to Robert Nicholson having this team so fit."
Louisville falls to 3-4-3 and 0-1-1 in the conference. The Tigers will next travel to play unbeaten No. 14 USF (6-0-2, 2-0-1). The Bulls have had the week off to prepare for Memphis.
* The Tigers match their largest ever winning streak at five games. Memphis has had a five-game streak five other times; in 2000, 1996, 1993, 1992 and 1986.
* Louisville is the third-team in a row to lose to Memphis after coming into the game with a three-game winning streak against the Tigers. The U of M will play its fourth-straight team with a three-game winning streak when they face USF on Saturday.
* The fourth conference win for the Tigers is their second most conference victories ever. The most wins the U of M has ever had came in 2000 when they had a 6-4-0 C-USA record.
* This is the fourth 1-0 game the Tigers have been involved in this year. They are split 2-2 in those games. The last time Memphis has had four 1-0 games in a season came in 2000 when they had four of them and went 2-2 also.