Marshall Hands Men's Soccer 2-1 Defeat
Oct. 21, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.V. - The Marshall Thundering Herd upended the Memphis Tigers, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Sam Hood Field in Huntington, W.V. Marshall used a Devin Perkins' 60th minute rebound of a free kick to upend the Tigers.
Marshall improves to 8-5-1 (4-1-0 C-USA) with the win. Memphis falls to 5-5-2 (2-4-0 C-USA) with the loss. Marshall now has 12 points on the season and temporarily moves into first place in the Conference USA standings.
The Memphis Tigers controlled the early pace in Wednesday's match, getting off the first five shots in the game. Memphis' first shot on goal came in the sixth minute when freshman midfielder Hugo Mondragon placed a shot on frame that was saved by Marshall netminder Daniel Withrow.
The U of M struck for a second shot on goal in the 10th minute when Parker Duncan attempted a shot on frame. The attempt was again saved by Withrow.
Despite the early pace, the Marshall Thundering Herd was the first team to get on the board, when freshman forward Tom Jackson took the ball from a long cross from the right side by Sammy Boateng and blasted in the ball out of the reach of Memphis goalkeeper Michael Goodlett. The goal was Jackson's third of the season. Boateng recorded his second assist of the season on the goal.
Marshall leading scorer Dustin Dawes put a shot on goal in the 23rd minute. Goodlett recorded his first save of the game on the shot.
The Tigers scored the equalizer in the 23rd minute when Memphis senior centerback Rick Alleman, the team captain, curved the ball into the upper 90 of the Marshall goal past Withrow. The goal was the defender's first of the season and only his second of his four year career. Alleman had an assist on a goal earlier this season.
Marshall put their third shot on goal in the game in the 35th minute. Matt Butler's shot was saved by Goodlett.
Memphis freshman forward J.J. Greer had a shot on goal in the 40th minute. Withrow recorded a save on Memphis' fourth shot on frame in the half.
Marshall and Memphis went into the dressing room in a 1-1 draw on Wednesday in Huntington. The Tigers had the lead in shots attempted in the first half with 10 compared to the Thundering Herd's five. The Tigers had four shots on goal to Marshall's three in the first period.
The Thundering Herd went ahead 2-1 after a yellow card handed to Memphis' Duncan resulted in a free kick that was rebounded by Devin Perkins and put in for his third goal of the season. Dawes took the free kick that was saved by Goodlett, but Goodlett failed to bring in the ball and allowed Perkins to tap the ball in for the go-ahead score.
Jon Wright attempted Memphis' first shot on goal in the second half in the 81st minute. The freshman's shot was saved by Withrow.
The Tigers struck for two more shots in the next three minutes. Greer, a freshman from Cordova, Tenn., had two header attempts, one was on goal and was saved by Withrow.
Memphis continued to put pressure on Marshall when Duncan had another header shot that he put on frame in the 84th minute. Withrow recorded his third save in a four minute period on Duncan's attempt.
The Tigers continued to pressure Marshall in an attempt for the equalizer. In the 86th minute, Ryan Ruble put a shot on goal. Withrow recorded his fourth save in six minutes on Ruble's attempt.
Memphis finished the game with 17 shots, including eight shots on goal. Duncan and Greer led the Tigers with three shots and two shots on goal.
Marshall ended Wednesday's fixture with 11 shots and five shots on goal. Dawes led Marshall in shots with four, including two shots on goal. Dawes came into the game as the team's leading scorer with six goals.
With the loss, Goodlett, Memphis' goalkeeper, falls to 5-5-2 on the season. The native of Bolton, Miss., allowed two goals and tallied three saves in the game.
Withrow improves to 5-3-1 on the season. The freshman netminder had seven saves and allowed the Tigers' lone goal.
Memphis will return to the pitch on Sat., Oct. 24 at 7 p.m., when they take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars at Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis. The Tigers enter the contest with a 3-1-2 mark in non-conference play.