Preseason Play Opens at CBU
Aug. 23, 2004
With the season opener quickly approaching, the University of Memphis men's soccer team begins its exhibition schedule at Christian Brothers University on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
The CBU game will be held at Signaigo Field in Memphis. The Tigers will then host Southwest Missouri State in an exhibition game at Echles Field on Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission to the game is free.
"These preseason games are very important," said sophomore midfielder Harrison Kiser. "With such a large incoming class, they will give us an idea of the talent we have brought in."
The last time the Tigers met the Buccaneers things didn't go the way Memphis would have wanted. The Tigers lost to CBU 1-0 in the Memphis Cup finals in February.
"It's going to be a touch game," said senior midfielder Daniel Dobson. "It's a big rivalry. We definitely want to win, but it's going to be hard work. We were kind of short on players when we lost to them in the spring, but we can't make excuses. We definitely got to take back the win."
In official play, the Tigers have only lost twice to CBU, posting a 13-2-1 record. Memphis has outscored the Bucs 45-15. The first match between the cross-town schools came in 1985 with Memphis winning, 6-0.
Memphis assistant coaches Robert Nicholson and Shawn Loth both have ties to CBU. Nicholson was an assistant for both the Bucs and Lady Bucs and Loth was a goalkeeper from 1993-96.
The Buccaneers are picked to finish second in the Gulf South Preseason Poll. CBU missed the GSC Tournament last season for the first time since 1997. Returning Co-GSC Player of the Year junior forward Mariano Ilari, senior midfielder Michael Vogel and senior defender Ross McLynn were all named by the coaches to the preseason All-GSC Team. Clint Browne leads the Bucs in his first season as head coach after serving as the head men's soccer coach at Lambuth University where he posted a 22-13-4 record over two seasons.
Southwest Missouri State made it to the semifinal round in the 2003 Missouri Valley Conference Tournament before being knocked out 1-0 by Bradley. The loss came after the Bears beat out top ranked Creighton in the tournament. SMS is picked to finish seventh in the 2004 preseason conference poll. The Bears went 9-7-3 in 2003 and 3-5-1 in the MVC, finishing eighth in the conference regular season. Second Team 2003 All-MVC selection Doug Lascody, a senior midfielder, and Honorable Mention 2003 All-MVC selection John Watson, a senior defender, return to help a team boasting 14 upperclassmen.
In official play, the Tigers have split a 3-3-1 record with Southwest Missouri State. Memphis has outscored the Bears 16-10. The first match between the two schools came in 1987. Memphis won 8-1. The last time the two schools officially met came in 1999 with the Bears shutting out the Tigers, 3-0.
Memphis enters the season picked to finish ninth in the Conference USA Preseason Poll. In 2003, the Tigers finished 8-8-2 and 1-6-2 in conference play.
The U of M begins its season at home on Fri., Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. against Centenary in the opening day of the annual Memphis Diadora Tournament.