@UMTigerSoccer Falls 2-1 to Louisville in Hard-Fought Contest
Oct. 26, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nolan Moore scored the game-winning goal in the 87th minute as Louisville (10-3-2, 5-1-1) defeated Memphis 2-1 on Saturday night in front of a school-record 1,304 people at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
The Tigers now sit at 9-7-1 overall and finished with a 3-5-0 record in American Athletic Conference play. The team will now wait to learn their seeding for next weekend's conference tournament.
The match was well contested by each team throughout the night. The first half was even between both squads, and the teams went into the dressing tied at 0-0 after one half.
Memphis started the game well and was able to get some pressure on the Louisville goal. In the 8th minute, Liam Collins delivered a free kick that made its way all the way to the goal and forced a save from Louisville keeper Joachim Ball.
In the 16th minute, Quincy Thomas pushed the ball down the far sideline and delivered a cross towards Mark Sherrod in the box. The ball just missed Sherrod and just missed finding its way into the corner of the net.
Memphis goalie Cody Uzcategui was called into action in the 19th minute. Freshman midfielder Andrew Brody broke through and got the first shot of the game for Louisville, but Uzcategui made a comfortable save. Two minutes later, Uzcategui made a diving save on a low shot by Louisville's Derek McCaffrey.
The Tigers controlled the game for the rest of the first half. In the 33rd minute, Shane Keely served up a great cross that was headed towards goal by Sherrod. However, Louisville's Ball was able to make the save.
Keely got a shot on goal of his own in the 43rd minute, but Ball made the save and kept the game scoreless.
Both teams opened the second half with high energy. Uzactegui again denied Brody in the 49th minute, and then made a great diving save on a header by Ricardo Velazco.
The Cardinals opened the scoring in the 57th minute after a foul was called on Memphis in the box. Velazco put the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, just eluding a diving Uzcategui and giving Louisville a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers, as they have done all season, did not take long to equalize. In the 6Keely was able to get space down the near sideline and deliver a cross into the box. Fakhry Khulfan met the ball in the air and headed it in for his third goal of the season.
Collins and Keely were credited with assists, giving Collins 34 in his Memphis career. That mark ties him with Dayton O'Brien for the most career assists in Memphis history.
Both teams pushed for the game-winner in the final 20 minutes of the match. In the 86th minute, Austin Gross hit the post and had another shot on the rebound that was saved by Ball.
In the 87th minute, Louisville pushed the ball up the field and got the ball into the box. Uzcategui made one save and Moore was able to score on the loose ball in the box to give Louisville the 2-1 lead.
Memphis returns to action in the American Athletic Conference tournament next weekend. The seedings and opening round matchups will be announced at the end of next week.