Memphis Falls to Kentucky, 2-1
Oct. 10, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The Kentucky Wildcats used two second half goals to upend the Memphis Tigers, 2-1, on Saturday night at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. Memphis falls to 4-3-2 (1-2-0 C-USA) on the season with the loss. The Wildcats improve to 8-4-0 (1-3-0) on the season.
"We prepared all week for the style of game that is was, it was a physical game," said Memphis assistant coach Nick Glaser. "Some time went by in the second half where we just got out-played, out-physicaled and out-competed. It costed us two goals and costed us a win."
The two teams played to a stalemate heading into their respective dressing rooms at halftime. Both Kentucky and Memphis had two shots apiece in the first period and had very few goal-scoring opportunities. Each team had two corner kicks apiece.
Memphis was the first to get on the board with a 50th minute goal by freshman midfielder Hugo Mondragon, a native of Houston, Texas. Mondragon headed in the ball from the right side of the box past Kentucky goalkeeper Dan Williams. The goal was Mondragon’s first of his career. Brian Farrell was credited with his first assist of the season. He played it to Mondragon on a free kick.
Kentucky countered in the 61st minute when Matt Lodge finished a ball in the box off of a throw in by Drew Midkiff from the right side. Marcos dos Santos also had a touch in the box and was credited with an assist.
Kentucky increased their lead to 2-1 in the 70th minute when Tyler Burns headed the ball in past Goodlett. C.J. Tappel was credited with the assist.
"Credit Kentucky," Glaser said. "One goal came off a throw in where our guy was unable to clear the ball and their player (Lodge) was closest to the ball and he banged it in. The second one, we got beat on the end line and they served it across the goal. Their wasn't much in the game (in terms of scoring opportunities) and even the goals were a bit boring."
Goodlett, Memphis’ netminder from Bolton, Miss., falls to 4-3-2 with the loss. Goodlett finished the game with two goals allowed and four saves.
Dan Williams picks up the win for Kentucky in goal. Williams improves to 8-4-0 on the season. The Wildcat netminder allowed one goal and tallied two saves.
Lodge, a freshman for the Wildcats who has five goals on the season, led the Wildcats with three shots on goal in the contest.
Memphis will next hit the pitch against UAB on Wed., Oct. 14 at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala.