O'Brien's Lone Goal Helps Memphis Tie UIC 1-1
Oct. 17, 2004
Chicago - A tough, defensive battle against the University of Illinois-Chicago ended in a 1-1 double overtime tie for the University of Memphis men's soccer team on Sunday.
The Flames (3-9-2, 2-2-1 Horizon League) struck first against the nationally-ranked Tigers (9-3-1, 5-1-0 Conference USA) on an Eric Cervantes chip off a Kenneth Nightingale pass in the 24th minute. Nightingale made a deceptive feed from the top of the penalty box that found Cervantes, who battled for position in front of the goal and kicked the ball perfectly past Memphis goalkeeper Tyler Strom.
Memphis answered in the 38th minute as Dayton O'Brien dribbled to the top of the box and fired a laser shot from 30 yards out, sending a left-footed strike past the reach of UIC's diving goalkeeper Jeff Engelbrecht. It is O'Brien's second goal on the week and his sixth of the season.
That was all the scoring in the game, as the defense of both teams took over and prevented any legitimate attacks from converting.
"It was a frustrating game," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "Coming off one day's rest played a little bit of a factor in the game. Our fitness was good; we just looked a little worn out."
Strom started his second game of the season for the Tigers and had three saves in the game. Memphis out shot the flames 19-10 with Daniel Dobson's four shots leading the U of M.
The Tigers return home to play No. 25 Saint Louis at 7 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex on Saturday. Tickets for the game are $2 for adults and free for children under 18 and students with an ID card.