Tigers Turn Out the Lights on No. 14 SMU 2-1 on Senior Night
Memphis (8-6-3, 4-2-2 C-USA) defeated No. 14 SMU (10-4-3, 6-2-1 C-USA) 2-1, on Friday, securing a spot in the Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship set for Nov. 7-11.
The game got off to an inauspicious start when the lights went out at Mike Rose Stadium four minutes into the match. After a 19 minute delay, play resumed with the score 0-0.
The Mustangs struck first in the 28th-minute, on Ben Hill's third goal of the season. Damien Rosales played the ball down the right side, Tyler Engel played the ball into the box with Hill finishing to the back left. The assists were Engel and Rosales seventh and third of the season respectively.
Memphis fired back in the 40th-minute, with Mark Sherrod netting the equalizer. Lewis Ellis played the ball into the box from right, Jordan Johnson then played the ball back across the box with Sherrod finishing with a header to knot the game at 1-1.
The Tigers took the lead in the 72nd-minute when Michael King fouled Sherrod in just inside the box setting up a penalty kick. Sherrod beat SMU goalkeeper Jamie Ibarra to the back left corner to give Memphis a 2-1 advantage.
The Tigers-defense held tough in the final minutes of the match. After a Memphis foul, SMU played a free kick into the box, Eddie Pushkarich then took a shot that was saved Memphis goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui preserving the Tigers' lead. Uzcategui finished night with four saves, and pick-up his 3 win of the season.
This was only the second win for Memphis over SMU all-time. The last came under similar circumstances in 2008, with an unranked Memphis team defeating a nationally ranked SMU (No. 15) 2-1 on a nationally televised game at Mike Rose Stadium. Memphis now has five wins over top-25 ranked teams in the last four seasons, and is 1-1-1 against top-25 teams in 2012.
Final seeding for the C-USA Men's Soccer Chamionship will be determined after a final weekend slate of games, with the tournament set to begin on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala. For more information on the University of Memphis men's soccer program and all Tigers athletics, please visit GoTigersGO.com.