Men's Soccer Ends Season With 2-1 Victory At Charlotte
Nov. 9, 2002
CHARLOTTE, NC-- - Sophomore John Reilly scored a goal in the 52nd minute and Justin Dyer added the game-winner in the 76th as the Tigers reached the 10-win plateau and knocked Charlotte out of Conference-USA Tournament contention with a 2-1 win in league action Saturday night in Charlotte.
Reilly broke a scoreless tie just seven minutes into the second period of play when he took a throw-in from defender Matt Bryant and sent a booming 30-yard strike just over of the outstretched fingertips of 49er keeper Daniel Burk, under the crossbar and into the back of the net. Reilly's score increased the Tigers scoring streak to 22 consecutive matches.
Memphis seemingly put the match away at 2-nil at the 14:39 mark in the second half behind the eventual game-winner by Dyer who took a short give-and-go pass from Omar Jarun and blasted a shot inside the left post.
The 49ers did manage to get on the board in the late minutes of play when Chris Wargin's shot found its way inside the left post and cut the lead in half at 2-1.
"This was definitely another good conference match," said Head coach Richie Grant. "The players gave a great effort and deserved to win this game."
The Memphis defense played one of its best games in the season's final match, forcing Charlotte into seven offsides penalties and did not allow a single 49er corner kick in the match. Tiger keepers Chris Post made one save in 27 minutes of action in goal for Memphis, before giving way to Clark Talley, who logged the final 63 minutes. Talley made four saves, including a crucial save on a break-away shot by Charlotte forward Mira Mupier to preserve the Tigers' 1-0 lead.
"I'm pleased to get 10 wins this season," said Grant. "I'm pleased that the guys pulled themselves out of last place, but we know that next year has to be better. I thank this year's seniors for their effort this year." added Grant.
The Tigers finish the year with a 10-7-1 record and a 3-7-0 mark in C-USA action. The Tigers reached the 10-win milestone for the 13th time in the program's 21 season's of competition and the first 10-win season since the 2000 squad won 14 matches.