Tigers Set for Labor Day Showdown Against Belmont
Sept. 2, 2012
MEMPHIS, TENN.- The University of Memphis men's soccer team takes on in-state foe Belmont, Monday, at Mike Rose Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CT). The Tigers and Bruins have met 12 times on the pitch with Memphis holding an 11-1-0 advantage all-time.
Scouting the Bruins
The Bruins have an overall record of 0-2-1. Belmont tied Missouri State 1-1 (OT), followed by a loss to Evansville 2-1 and a 3-1 loss to nationally ranked Louisville.
Belmont finished the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 7-9-2 and a 2-4-2 record in the Atlantic Sun Conference finishing tied for seventh.
The Bruins return 8 starters this season and 12 letter-winner, with 11 newcomers.
Head coach Earle Davidson is in his 16th year at the helm with an overall record of 85-167-17.
Belmont's men's soccer team now competes as an independent after leaving the Atlantic Sun Conference following the 2011 season.
Last time out, Memphis fell 3-4 in its home opener against Wisconsin.
The Tigers are 3-1 in matches played following a loss or tie in their season opener under Richie Grant.
Monday's meeting with the Bruins marks the 17th time in Memphis men's soccer history it will open the season with back-to-back games at home.
Tigers Set New Attendance Record
Memphis set a new home-attendance record in the 2012 season-opener against Wisconsin. 1,101 fans packed the stands at Mike Rose Stadium to cheer on the Tigers, surpassing the previous record of 1,057 set against UAB in 2010.
Collins Back at Work
In the Tigers season opening loss to Wisconsin, Liam Collins recorded two assist. This was the fifth time in the sophomore career to record a multiple-assist game and his first since playing Nebraska-Omaha (3) in 2011. Last season the Tigers-midfielder led C-USA and was fourth in the nation in assists (11) and assists per game (0.61).
Spreading the Wealth
Three different Tigers recorded a goal against Wisconsin (Lewis Ellis, Chandler Gagnon, Mark Sherrod). The last time three or more different Tigers scored a goal in regular-season game was in 2011 against Nebraska-Omaha. That day Andreas Guentner (1 goal), Mark Sherrod ( 3 goals), and Tiago Reichert (1 goal) found the back of the net in the TIgers 5-0 win over the Mavericks.
No Place Like Home in September
Under head coach Richie Grant, the Tigers are 55-38-8 during the month of September. Of those game Memphis has a 29-11-3 record when playing at home. This month the Tigers will play only three games on the home pitch.
Make sure you follow Memphis Men's Soccer on Facebook (facebook.com/MemphisSoccer) and on Twitter (@UMTigerSoccer) for updates during the games and throughout the season.
Every home match, plus select road games will be avialable to follow on GoTigersGo.com via GameTracker. GameTracker offers users the chance to view live stats as the game progresses. Just go to GoTigersGo.com, click on the `GameTracker' icon on the men's soccer schedule page.