Tigers Extinguish Blazers 3-1
Memphis (7-6-3, 3-2-2 C-USA) defeated UAB (7-6-3, 4-4-0 C-USA) 3-1, on Wednesday at Mike Rose Stadium. Benjamin Ciosanski netted the game-winning goal for the second match in a row. With the win the Tigers collected three key points in the Conference USA standings, with a berth in the league tournament still up for grabs.
In the 38th minute, Chandler Gagnon got the Tigers on the board with a laser from 35 yards out. He took a pass from Quincy Thomas and ripped the shot into the upper left 90 to put Memphis a 1-0 advantage. The goal was Gagnon's fourth of the 2012 campaign.
UAB almost tallied the equalizer in the 44th minute as Mladen Lemez laced a free kick from just outside the box. His blast stayed low with Tigers-goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui smothering the shot to keep the Tigers in the lead.
In the second half, UAB evened the score 1-1 in the 76th-minute on Kofi Gyawu's sixth goal of the season. Alex Clay played the ball to the top of the box; Gyawu spun and fired the shot beating the goalkeeper to the left.
Six-minutes later, Ciosanski netted what proved to be the game-winner for Memphis. A loose ball was deflected by a UAB player, Ciosanski fired the deflection from 10-yards-out, finishing to the back right. This was the second game-winning goal in a row for the Bemen, Germany native.
Mark Sherrod added some insurance to the Memphis lead with five-minutes left to play in the match. Jordan Johnson served the ball into the box as Sherrod finished with a header from center goal giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. The goal was Sherrod's 10th-of the season, with the assist Johnson's third.
Memphis now faces No. 14 SMU to close out the regular season on Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised live on FOX Soccer Channel as the NSCAA Game of the week. For more information on the University of Memphis men's soccer program and all Tigers-athletics please visit GoTigersGo.com.