Tigers Capture Fifth-Straight Shutout
Nov. 8, 2004
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With a 6-0 victory against Lipscomb on Monday, the No. 13 University of Memphis men's soccer team set a new team record for wins in the regular season with 14 and matched its consecutive shutout record of five.
The Tigers (14-3-1, 8-1-0 C-USA) had a one goal lead at the end of the first half before exploding for five goals in the second, including a hat trick by Andy Metcalf. The last time Memphis scored five goals in a half was against Lipscomb when they scored five in the second period in 2000.
The Tigers' one-two punch of Dayton O'Brien and Metcalf gave the Tigers an early 1-0 lead in the first period. O'Brien flicked the ball to Metcalf on the right who then sent it back, allowing O'Brien to get past the defender and score his eighth goal of the season. The assist is Metcalf's third on the year.
After senior Sebastian Vecchio started the first 28 minutes of the game, freshman Gavin McInerney came in for the remainder of the first period. With a minute left in the period, McInerney made an outstretched jump to knock away a well placed free kick and send the game to halftime with the lead still intact.
In the second half, Memphis scored within five minutes on Metcalf's first goal of the game. He then went on to score two more within a six minute period. O'Brien had assists on a two of the goals, giving him four points on the night.
Freshmen Marcus McCarty and Adam Montgomery scored the remaining two Memphis goals. It is the third game in a row McCarty has scored since coming back from a broken ankle. He is fifth all-time at Memphis in goals scored for freshmen with six.
With the fifth shutout in a row and eighth of the season, Vecchio increased his shutout streak to 347 minutes. McInerney increased his streak to 130 minutes and hasn't allowed a goal this season.
The Tigers will now rest until the Conference USA Tournament on Friday at 4 p.m. when it will meet up with the winner of the Saint Louis-USF quarterfinal game.