O'Brien's Free Kick Goal Gives Tigers 2-1 Win Over DePaul
Oct. 15, 2004
CHICAGO - With 10 minutes left in a tied game, Dayton O'Brien scored on a free kick to give the University of Memphis men's soccer team a 2-1 victory over DePaul on Friday.
O'Brien, a junior from Memphis, scored his fifth goal of the season on the unassisted kick just outside the box. The goal is his third game-winner matching teammate Andy Metcalf for the team lead. O'Brien, a Preseason All-Conference USA selection, now has a team leading 17 points.
John Reilly gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of the first half on a one-timer from a left-side cross by Brad Whitsitt. The goal is Reilly's first since 2002 when the midfielder scored eight in the season. The assist is Whitsitt's first of the season.
DePaul tied the game in the 57th minute on a penalty kick by John Partyka, his third of the season. The U of M defense held the Blue Demons to six shots in the game, giving up only one in the second half. Senior goalkeeper Sebastian Vecchio knocked down three saves for the Tigers.
With the win, the No. 25 Tigers improve to 9-3-0 and 5-1-0 in the conference, surpassing last year's win total. Memphis has won six of its last seven games. The Blue Demons fall to 2-10-3 and 0-5-1.
The Tigers stay in Chicago to take on the University of Illinois-Chicago (3-9-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).