Men's Soccer Drops Third Straight C-USA Match in 2-1 Loss to USF
Nov. 1, 2003
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- - USF goalie Dane Brenner made seven saves and got offensive help on goals from Keeron Benito and Kevin King to lift the USF Bulls to a 2-1 win over The University of Memphis men's soccer squad tonight at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. Dayton O'Brien scored Memphis's lone goal and defenders Graham Gibbs and Gary Connolly each were red carded in the Tigers third straight conference defeat. Memphis must now win its last two games to end the season with a winning record.
The Bulls got on the board first with Benito's goal in the 28th minute when Hunter West blocked a clear attempt by Gibbs. Benito settled the ball and struck a blast inside the right post for a 1-0 lead.
Both teams would play a physical, but even match until USF's Kevin King provided the Bulls with the game winning goal in the 78th minute on a through-ball pass from Brandon Striecher to beat Tiger keeper Sebastian Vecchio for the score.
Memphis cut the lead to 2-1 when Dayton O'Brien's shot on a free kick found the back of the net at the 86:15 mark in the contest.
"The players gave a tremendous effort," said head coach Richie Grant. "I thought the referees spoiled the game, but I cannot fault the players. Our focus now is to have a winning season and the next two games."
Vecchio made three saves for Memphis, who falls to 7-8-1 on the year and 1-6-1 in C-USA competition.
Memphis returns to action on Nov. 1 when they travel to Nashville to battle Belmont in the final non-conference matchup of the year. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.