Tigers fall at South Carolina, 3-0
Oct. 31, 2010
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Memphis’ men’s soccer squad dropped its final C-USA road match of the season, Sunday, losing to the Gamecocks of South Carolina, 3-0.
Memphis fails to win a C-USA road match in 2010, the second year in a row the Tigers haven’t beaten a conference foe away from home. The Tigers last conference road win came at South Carolina on Oct. 17, 2008, a 2-0 win. Current Tiger junior Parker Duncan secured that victory with a 77th-minute goal.
Memphis hung tough with the Gamecocks through the first 40 minutes before allowing senior Mark Wiltse to score on South Carolina’s Senior Day, putting the ball past freshman keeper Martin Hunter for his first goal of 2010.
Wiltse was assisted by senior Blake Brettschneider, who collected two helpers on the day to raise his team points lead to 15, and junior Stephen Morrissey.
Brettschneider would collect an assist on the Gamecocks second goal of the match, feeding freshman Chipper Root at the far post, who slammed the cross home for the second South Carolina tally, this one coming in the 53rd minute.
Memphis and South Carolina’s shot differential wasn’t too dissimilar (16-11, advantage to South Carolina), but the Gamecocks doubled up Memphis’ shots on goal, 8-4, with three of those chances turning in to goals for the home team.
The Gamecocks third goal was a fluke tally that junior Danny Cates lined in from 40 yards away, hitting the crossbar and bouncing into the net behind Hunter to end the scoring in the 64th minute.
Following the third goal, play got a little chippy; three cautions were issued between the 65th and 70th minute. Freshman Will Garcia (65th) and senior Rory O’Connor (69th) were cautioned for Memphis, while Morrissey (66th) received a warning for South Carolina.
Hunter would finish with five saves in the match, a career-best mark for him. The freshman from Newcastle, England is still searching for his first career victory after going winless in his first four decisions in net.
Senior South Carolina keeper Jimmy Maurer made four saves in 73 minutes before yielding to a back-up in his final home match.
Memphis will return home for its final two matches of 2010, first facing Alabama A&M, Wednesday, in a non-conference tilt before hosting UAB, Friday, on Senior Night. The match with UAB will be televised on Fox Soccer Channel as the “NSCAA Game of the Week”.