@UMTigerSoccer Earns 3-2 Victory Over SMU
Oct. 23, 2013
Sherrod now has seven goals on the season and 42 in his Memphis career. The two-goal night was the first multi-goal game of the season for Sherrod.
SMU took the initial 1-0 lead in the first half, but Memphis battled back to earn their third comeback victory of the season.
The Tigers started the game strong, as midfielder Liam Collins put a shot on target in the third minute. The shot was curving away from SMU goalkeeper Jaime Ibarra, but Ibarra was able to make a diving save.
In the 15th minute, SMU got on the board through midfielder Andrew Morales. The goal came against the run of play, as Memphis was pressuring the SMU goal, but the Mustangs scored on the counter attack. Will Smith passed the ball to Eddie Puskarich on the run down the left sideline. Puskarich got into the box and cut the ball back to Morales who finished past Uzcategui for the 1-0 lead.
Memphis responded quickly, as Raul Gonzalez and Sherrod got shots on goal and forced saves from Ibarra.
The Tigers equalized in the 37th minute as Sherrod headed the ball home for his sixth goal of the season. The score came after great build-up play by Shane Keely. The senior midfielder pushed the ball down the sideline and got a perfect cross into Sherrod, who headed home from the back post.
Just 1:09 later, Sherrod put Memphis ahead 2-1. A handball was called on SMU in the box, and Sherrod scored on a clinical strike from the penalty spot. Ibarra dove in the right direction, but Sherrod put the ball past the SMU keeper into the bottom right corner.
Sherrod is now a perfect four-of-four on penalty kicks this season.
SMU tied the game at 2-2 just six minutes in to the second half on a penalty kick of their own. A foul was called on Memphis in the box, and SMU forward Alfred Koroma scored from the penalty spot. Memphis goalie Cody Uzcategui dove and got a hand on the ball, but could not push the ball past the post.
Memphis took the lead back in the 58th minute on Klipsch's second goal of the season. After more pressure by Memphis in the SMU half, the Tigers earned a corner kick. Liam Collins delivered the kick into the box, which was flicked towards the goal by defender J.J. Greer. Klipsch got a head to the loose ball and finished past Ibarra to give the Tigers the 3-2 lead.
The Memphis defense did an excellent job keeping the 3-2 lead for the final 30 minutes of the contest. Uzcategui made two nice plays in the last three minutes of the game to ensure the victory.
In the 86th minute, Uzcategui came out of his goal and caught a corner kick in the air before the ball could get to an open back post. In the 88th minute, Uzcategui punched a free kick away from danger and Memphis closed out the victory.
The Tigers close out the regular season on Saturday night against Louisville at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. The game has major implications for seeding for the American Athletic Conference Tournament, as all nine teams are still jockeying for the top four seeds.
Senior night festivities will take place for the seven seniors on the 2013 team following Saturday night's contest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT and admission is FREE for all fans.