Aug. 26, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis men's soccer team will open the season Sunday evening against Lipscomb. Game-time for the season opener is 7 p.m. CT at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.
This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools, with Memphis having a 5-0 advantage in the series.
U of M Looking to Build Upon Late 2010 Successes
Despite a disappointing 5-11-1 record in 2010, the Tigers finished the season with back-to-back wins against Alabama A&M and UAB. Memphis won the two games by a combined score of 10-0. Using the results of the 2010 season as motivation, the Tigers put in additional work during the off-season, including several player led workouts in the winter snow.
Grant Nears Wins-Mark
Head coach Richie Grant, with 107 wins as coach of the Memphis Tigers, stands just three wins shy of tying Chris Bartels as the all-time leader in victories as coach of the men's soccer team. Grant, the third coach in the 29 year history of the program, is entering his 13th season at the helm of Tigers soccer.
The Tigers vs. The Bison
Memphis and Lipscomb have met five times in their history, all prior to 2004. The Tigers hold a 5-0 record in those matches. But, the most glaring statistic is Memphis' decisive advantage in goals scored, 35-1.
In Memphis' 29-season history, the Tigers are a combined 20-5-4 in season opening games. Under Grant's tutelage, Memphis has gone 8-2-2 in openers. This will be the first meeting between Memphis and Lipscomb to begin the season.
Memphis has won its last 14 games when scoring at least two goals. The streak stretches back to the 2007 season, when the Tigers played to a 3-3 tie against then No. 14 Tulsa. Excluding ties, the Tigers are unbeaten in a total of 21-straight games when tallying two goals. Memphis' last loss when scoring at least two goals occurred in 2006 at the hands of Creighton (Nov. 7) by a score of 2-3.
Spreading the Wealth
During Memphis' two exhibition games and the alumni scrimmage, the Tigers scored a combined eight goals by seven different players: Lewis Ellis (2), Liam Collins, Parker Duncan, Mark Sherrod, J.J. Greer, Andreas Guentner, and Tiago Reichert.
Memphis men's soccer home games will be available through GameTracker. GameTracker provides viewers the opportunity to see live stats throughout the game. To access GameTracker, go to GoTigersGo.com, select the `Live Events' tab at the top of the page and then click on the `GT' next to the appropriate event.
Can't make it to a men's soccer game at Mike Rose Soccer Complex? Go to GoTigersGo.com and join the live blog. Each home event this season will be accomponied by a moderated chat that will provide in-game updates and fan discussion about the game.
Every home game will be available to watch live streaming video. Memphis Tiger Vision offers a monthly subscription for $9.99 or $79.99 for a year subscription. To access the live streaming, visit GoTigersGo.com and click on the watch icon on the women's soccer page.
Men's Soccer on Social Media
Memphis men's soccer can be followed on various social media sites. For updates and other team information, like the Tigers on Facebook at facebook.com/MemphisSoccer and follow the team on Twitter (@UMTigerSoccer).