Tigers Fall 1-0 to Kentucky in C-USA Championship Opening Round
Memphis (8-7-3, 4-3-2) fell 1-0 to Kentucky (10-6-2, 4-3-1) in the opening round of the Conference USA Men's Soccer Championship, on Wednesday. Kentucky's Jacob Kemper notched the game-winner in the 74th-minute.
Matt Lodge severed a corner kick in from right, the ball was deflected and one-touched by Kemper from 35-yards-out, finishing to the back right. The goal was Kemper's first career goal in a Kentucky uniform.
With 10-minutes left to play in the game, Memphis had three shots on goal all within striking distance. In the 81st-minute, Wil Linder gathered a loose ball passing to Quincy Thomas at the top of the box, Thomas then fired the shot missing high.
Four minutes later, Tanner Thompson found Mark Sherrod in the box on a long throw in. Sherrod attempted a header that was saved by Kentucky goalkeeper Jack Van Arsdale. In the 88th-minute, Benjamin Ciosanski took Memphis' final shot missing high.
The first half was a back and forth battle between the Tigers and Wildcats, with the game being played mostly at midfield. Sherrod attempted a header in the 9th-minute with the ball being served into the box from right to left. Sherrod tried finishing to the left post, but UK's Van Arsdale was there for the save, stopping the ball just inches from pay dirt.
Ciosanski fired a shot from 30-yards-out in the 21st-minute that went wide right of the goal. In the 36th-minute, Liam Collins served the ball into the box with Sherrod attempting a second header that was saved by Van Arsdale at the right post. Memphis took three shots, all on goal, and attempted one corner in the first 45-minutes.
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