Men's Soccer Wins Inuagural Memphis Cup With 2-0 Victory over CBU
Feb. 26, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis Tiger soccer team opened it's spring season in successful fashion, taking home the first place trophy in the inaugural Memphis Cup this past weekend.
Memphis knocked off cross-town rival Christian Brothers University 2-0 in the final, after eventual tournament MVP and rising senior forward Sean Fraser came through with two second half goals to seal the win.
The four-team field consisted of: CBU, Rhodes College and also featured nearby Union University (Jackson, Tenn) and Memphis. The entire tournament took place last Friday, February 23rd at Echles Field.
The Tigers had previously shut-out Union University 5-0 in their first match and found themselves in a grudge match with CBU in the final after the Buccaneers had escaped with a 1-0 victory over the Lynx from Rhodes College, earlier that day.
The final remained scoreless entering the intermission but the Tigers took control in the second half. Rising sophomore Grant Paule (Houston H.S.) got the offense in gear, feeding Fraser for a 50 yard run which began at midfield and ended with Fraser giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead. CBU battled and might have equalized on the ensuing possessions had rising sophomore goalkeeper Clark Talley (Houston H.S.) not turned the Buccaneers away with two outstanding saves. Memphis's defense as a whole turned the CBU attack away several times in the end, before Fraser struck again for his second goal and the eventual game-winner.
Memphis will now play in the Tim McCage Tournament (7 v 7) this Saturday, March 3rd at Echles Field. The Tigers first match is set for 10 a.m.