Men's Soccer Posts First C-USA Win in 1-0 Shutout of #21 UAB
Oct. 8, 2003
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- - The University of Memphis men's soccer squad picked up their first Conference USA victory and handed #21 UAB its third consecutive loss in a 1-0 shutout of the Blazers Wednesday night at West Campus Field. Sophomore midfielder Dayton O'Brien scored the game's only goal to lead the Tigers in their second win over a nationally ranked team this season.
The Tigers were outshot 19-10 in the contest, but it was O'Brien's shot was the only one that counted. The Memphis native managed to bend a 20-yard direct free kick over the UAB defensive wall and inside the right post to give Memphis the game-winner in the 56th minute. The goal was O'Brien's fifth of the season and third in the last two matches.
The Tiger defense was solid, forcing UAB into six offsides violations, while hold back the potent Blazer offense in the final 35 minutes for the win.
The win snapped the Tigers four-game winless streak and was just Memphis' second win over UAB in the last 10 meetings. The Tigers last defeated the eight-ranked Blazers 3-2 in 2001.
Memphis keeper Sebastian Vecchio made a pair of saves en route to earning his second shutout of the year. UAB goalie Alberto Robles made three saves in a losing effort.
"We finally got a conference win," said head coach Richie Grant. "We feel like we have played very well in most of our conference games and tonight we did it again, except we won. You have to give credit to our players. We have talked about how we need to attack and defend well and we did that tonight." Grant added. "UAB is technically excellent, their speed is the best in the league and you have to earn everything you get here. You can see why they are 21st in the country."
Memphis will now host league foe DePaul on Sat., Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.