Tigers Win Tim McCage Cup with Two Shutouts
March 25, 2006
For Immediate Release
MEMPHIS - The University of Memphis men's soccer team held Christian Brothers University and Lambuth University scoreless in two spring victories on Saturday to capture the first ever Tim McCage Cup.
The Tigers defeated CBU in the opening-tournament game at Echles Field on Saturday 1-0 in double overtime. In the evening championship game at Mike Rose Stadium, Memphis shutout Lambuth 3-0. Memphis freshman Tripp Harkins, who scored against Lambuth, was named Tournament MVP and played several positions for the Tigers.
"Statistically what stands out the most from our play today is that we did not concede in the two games," said Memphis head coach Richie Grant. "Our defense was solid today and looked very promising."
In a scrappy back-and-forth battle, Memphis and CBU ended regulation scoreless. The Tigers beat the Bucaneers with a goal by CBU transfer Kevin Walsh in double overtime. Walsh nailed a free kick for the game-winner from about 18-yards out.
The Tigers faced Lambuth in the championship game after the Eagles beat Rhodes College 4-1. Memphis freshman Grant Wise scored the game-winner with a goal in the first half to put the Tigers up 1-0. In the second half, Memphis scored two more goals from freshmen Harkins and Patrick Elkins.
"Having three freshman score was very encouraging," Grant said. "I'm pleased with the performance from our younger players and the progress they have made."
The U of M defense was led by solid performances from junior transfer Jamie Gilbert and sophomore Michael Coburn. Sophomore Adam Montgomery also played well after moving from midfield to the defense. Sophomore Tyler Strom started both games at goal for the Tigers.
Before being changed to the Tim McCage Cup this year, Memphis area colleges competed annually in the Memphis Cup. The tournament was changed this year in honor of former U of M player Tim McCage who was tragically killed after his freshman season in 1991.
The U of M is now 3-1 in spring competition and has won the Memphis spring tournament for the second-straight year. The Tigers will host Colaiste Ide on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex followed by its annual silent auction on Thursday.