Pair of Second Half Strikes Sends Memphis Past UAB 2-0
Nov. 5, 2010
By: Preston McClellan
MEMPHIS - Second half goals from JJ Greer and Mark Sherrod lifted Memphis past UAB 2-0 Friday night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex in the Tigers' final game of the 2010 campaign. A school regular-season record of 1,057 attended this match, surpassing the old record of 927 spectators against Kentucky in 2007.
Greer took a pass from Liam Collins in the 48th minute and sent it into the back of the net to give Memphis a 1-0 advantage less than five minutes after halftime. The goal was Greer's first of the season.
Nifty footwork near midfield by Parker Duncan set up the second goal for the Tigers in the 82nd minute. Duncan passed the ball off to Collins who found a streaking Mark Sherrod for the second strike of the evening. It was Sherrod's fourth goal of the year and Collins' second assist of the night and sixth of the season.
Sherrod finished the season with the team lead in goals, netting four. He had three in the Tigers final two matches.
Collins, the freshman midfielder, led the Tigers with six helpers in his first campaign.
The goals ensured a proper sendoff for seniors Rory O'Connor and Eric Trujillo and gave the Tigers their first C-USA victory of the season. The assist by Duncan gave him the team lead in points for the season with 10.
In a physical, defensive-minded battle that was featured on Fox Soccer Channel as the "NSCAA Game of the Week," Memphis finished with 11 shots, including four on goal. UAB attempted six shots, but only managed two on goal. UAB came into the tilt averaging over 14 shots per game.
Both teams played solid defense in the first half as only five shots were attempted between the two. The Tigers managed three shots and one corner, while the Blazers got off two shots and two corners.
Jordan Leedle finished with two saves in goal for the Tigers as the sophomore keeper made his second consecutive shutout. Leedle exited the season at 5-7-1 in the net for Memphis in his first full-time season as the starter.
This was the final game of the season for the Memphis, but it isn't the end of soccer season in the Bluff City as the C-USA tournament will be held Nov. 10-14 at Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
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