Memphis Connects on Two Late Goals to Defeat SIUE
Oct. 24, 2009
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -
The Memphis Tigers used two goals in the last 10 minutes of Saturday night's match to upend the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 2-0, at Mike Rose Soccer Complex. With the win, the Tigers improve to 6-5-2 on the season. The Cougars fall to 5-7-2 on the year with Saturday's loss.
"I'm very pleased to keep a clean sheet," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "It was back-and-forth for the last half hour. I thought both teams were going for the win. I thought it was an entertaining match. I thought their goalkeeper (Scott Meyer) was great. He had some great saves. Justin (Watson) had a couple of good opportunities that he created (that Meyer saved). It showed great perseverance in our team to get a goal some eighty-odd minutes into the game."
Memphis came out of the gate with an offensive mentality. Freshman midfielder Andreas Guentner took a shot with 15 seconds on the clock. The ball was saved by scott Meyer, his first of a total of 11 saves on the night. Guenter struck with his second opportunity of the match in the 10th minute. The ball was gathered in by Meyer for his second save.
The Tigers produced a flurry of opportunities in the 18th minute of Saturday night's fixture. The onset began with Thomas Shannon's free kick that was lasered toward the goal where Meyer used his quick reflexes to knock down the opportunity. The save resulted in a Memphis corner kick by Brian Farrell. Following the corner kick Memphis had three opportunities. First, Parker Duncan attempted a shot that was knocked down by Meyer. J.J. Greer, a freshman from Cordova, Tenn., gathered the ball and attempted a shot on goal, that was also saved by Meyer. Memphis sophomore midfielder Cody McCoy ended the set of shots with a blocked opportunity.
SIUE's first shot on goal came in the 29th minute when Scott Hopping had his opportunity saved by Tiger netminder Michael Goodlett.
In the 35th minute, SIUE defender Ben Hemkens had his header saved by Goodlett, his second save of the night.
SIUE finished off the first period with two chances by SIUE leading scorer Kevin Bielicki. Both opportunities resulted in saves for Goodlett.
The Tigers finished the first frame with seven shots, four of which were on goal. SIUE had five first-half opportunities. Four of the Cougars' shots were on frame.
Meyer, the SIUE netminder finished the first half with five saves. Goodlett finished the half with four saves.
The Tigers and Cougars went into the dressing room in a 0-0 tie.
Memphis came out of the dressing room with a quick pace. Greer, a freshman forward, had his header shot saved by Meyer in the 46th minute.
SIUE's first opportunity came off a header shot by forward Chris Anzalone. Anzalone's opportunity was gathered by Goodlett for his fifth save of the contest.
Guentner, a freshman from Regensburg, Germany, had a quick gather of a feed in the 56th minute of play. Guentner quickly turned and fired a shot toward the goal but once again the SIUE netminder was their for the save.
The Tigers' had one of their best opportunities materialize in the 65th minute of play. The attempt began when freshman forward Justin Watson created a shot in the penalty area. Watson's quick turn and strike was met with cat-like reflexes by Meyer.
Watson had a similar opportunity in the 67th minute. Meyer once again showed his quickness by stopping Watson's laser toward the goal. Watson rebounded the ball for a second opportunity with Meyer out of position, but played the ball over the goal.
The Memphis defense had a scare in the 73rd minute when Bielicki got behind the Memphis back four. Bielicki had a 1v1 opportunity with Goodlett but the Memphis senior keeper came up big with a quick-response stop.
In the 79th minute of play, SIUE's Jared Tejada's shot on the empty goal hit the left post.
Memphis' Hugo Mondragon's header in the 80th minute was put above the keeper but Meyer gathered the ball for another save.
Two minutes later, Mondragon received the ball off a corner kick from the left side by senior midfielder BrianFarrell. Mondragon headed the ball near the far right post. The ball ricocheted off a SIUE defender into the goal to put the Tigers' ahead in the contest, 1-0. The goal was the second of the season for Mondragon, a freshman midfielder from Houston, Texas.
"(The goal) came off a set play, which I didn't think it would given the way the game was going back and forward," Grant said. "We knew when we recruited him (Mondragon) that he was very good in the air. That is his second goal off a header."
Memphis earned a penalty kick in the 85th minute when a SIUE defender grabbed the jersey of Duncan, preventing his progress forward. Tiger defender Thomas Shannon took the penalty kick opportunity. The Tigers missed a penalty kick in a 0-0 game with the Cougars last season. This time Shannon connected for his first goal of the season.
"Last year we had a missed penalty kick against these lads and the score ended 0-0," Grant said. "I'm really pleased Thomas (Shannon) put one in. He practices them every day for God sake, it was only time before he was going to score on one."
"Actually I was a bit frustrated because the keeper kept me off the score sheet on my first free kick (in the first half)," Shannon said. "He saved it out of the top corner. Coach (Grant) told me that I would be taking the penalty kicks last Spring, so I've been practicing a lot. I've been scoring on (back-up goalkeeper) Frank (Petersen) a lot. It feels good to bury a team because we haven't buried a team in quite a few games. That last goal really solidified it."
U of M netminder Michael Goodlett earned his fifth clean-sheet of the season with Saturday's shutout. Goodlett improves to 6-5-2 on the season with the win. Goodlett finished the game with eight saves. Goodlett's save total was a season-high. Goodlett's best total coming into the game was seven against UAB.
"Our man of the match tonight is Mike (Goodlett)," Grant said. "Their were a couple of key moments where he made sure the game stayed 0-0. He had a great game."
"I just came out excited and basically tried to play my game," Goodlett said. "I really didn't do anything different than I do on any regular night."
Despite a stellar effort, SIUE goalkeeper Scott Meyer suffers the loss for the Cougars. The SIUE netminder had 11 saves on the game and allowed the two late goals for the Tigers. Meyer falls to 5-7-2 on the year.
"The guy (Meyer) was small but he was so athletic," Shannon said. "It felt like he was reading the shots, where they were going to go, before we even took them. So then he would position himself really well. He is a great keeper. He kept us out a lot. He kept them in the game. Props to him, he did a fantastic job."
Memphis finished with 19 shots and 13 shots on goal. Watson, a freshman from Myrtle Beach, S.C., led the Tigers with four shots. Guentner followed closely behind with three shots on goal.
The Tigers will return to the pitch on Wed., Oct. 28 for a non-conference meeting with Alabama A&M.