Men's Soccer Takes on CBU and Rhodes College for Memphis Cup
Feb. 24, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Continuing its spring schedule, the University of Memphis men's soccer team will play in the fifth annual Memphis Cup Tournament at Rhodes College on Saturday.
The Tigers will play Christian Brothers University at 1 p.m. and Rhodes College at 4 p.m. CBU and Rhodes College will begin the event with the opening game at 10 a.m. Admission to the tournament is free.
"The Memphis Cup has always been competitive," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "CBU and Rhodes College are two schools who always play hard against us. It's great to have the opportunity to have games that have the same atmosphere as games we play in the fall."
Memphis won the Inaugural Memphis Cup tournament in 2001, defeating CBU 2-0. However, in 2002, Rhodes came away victorious as the Lynx edged the Tigers in penalty kicks after ending regulation in a 0-0 tie. CBU has earned the Memphis Cup the past two years, defeating Memphis in the championship game last year, 1-0. The Tigers had gone into the game after defeating Lambuth College, 7-0, with the help of four goals by Andy Metcalf.
CBU ended its 2004 season 9-6-3 after losing to Central Arkansas in the Gulf South Tournament opener as the third seed. The Bucs were ranked fifth in the NCAA Division II South Regional Poll. Rhodes College is coming off a 15-4-1 record in 2004 and took third in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 6-2-1 finish. The NCAA Division III school had seven seniors named to the All-SCAC Men's Soccer Team.
The Tigers are coming off a 6-2 loss to Major League Soccer's FC Dallas and will play for the second weekend in a row.
"We're excited to play so soon after the FC Dallas game," Grant said. "We want to see the benefits of that game as soon as possible."
After the Dallas game, Memphis received a setback when it learned that forward Andy Metcalf broke his right ankle during the game. Metcalf will be in a cast for four to six weeks before beginning rehabilitation. The team expects to have him back in mid-May when the team travels to Europe to play in the Netherlands and Belgium. Grant said he expects Metcalf to be fully recovered for the 2005 season.