@UMTigerSoccer Comes Back to Defeat UCA 2-1 in Overtime
Oct. 16, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Fakhry Khulfan scored the game-winning goal 27 seconds into the first overtime to complete Memphis' late 2-1 comeback victory against Central Arkansas on Wednesday at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
Khulfan's second goal of the season came after good build-up play by Shane Keely and Liam Collins. Collins took control of the ball in the middle of the pitch and played a pass to Keely on the right wing. Keely delivered a perfect cross in to the box, and Khulfan finished off the contest.
UCA led 1-0 until the 85th minute, when Mark Sherrod scored to tie the game. Sherrod headed home after Simon Estornel played a short corner kick by Liam Collins into the box. Sherrod's goal was his fourth of the season, tying him with Shane Keely for the team lead.
Collins finished the game with two assists, and now has 32 in his Memphis career.
Senior goalkeeper Conor Hurley made his first start of the season and picked up the victory.
Both defenses were strong in the early stages of the game as each team had a limited number of chances in the opening stages of the contest.
UCA got on the scoreboard first in the 18th minute. Midfielder Logan Miller gained possession in the center circle and fed a through ball to forward Wes Carson. Carson was able to finish past Hurley, and his team-leading seventh goal of the season gave the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Memphis responded after the goal and produced several chances in the remaining 25 minutes of the half.
Chandler Gagnon tallied the first shot on goal for the Tigers in the 34th minute. The junior defender dribbled the ball towards the box and got off a low shot towards the corner of the goal. UCA goalie Paxti Shortsleeve was able to make the save and keep UCA in the lead.
Raul Gonzalez continued his strong play as of late and had two scoring chances late in the half. In the 40th minute, Gonzalez took a shot from the right corner of the box and forced a quality save from Shortsleeve. Three minutes later, Gonzalez controlled the ball near the box and put a shot just past the top corner of the net. Gonzalez attempted to bend the ball into the corner but and was inches away from scoring.
The win was the first overtime victory of the season for Memphis, and the Tigers now have a 1-0-1 in extra time contests this season.
Memphis now holds a 5-2-0 record at Mike Rose Soccer Complex, with two home games next week to close out the regular season.
Memphis gets back to American Athletic Conference play this weekend away from home against the Temple Owls. Kickoff from Ambler Sports Complex in Philadelphia is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.