Memphis Men's Soccer to Battle UC-Irvine on Sunday
Sept. 13, 2008
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis men's soccer team is set to face off with the UC-Irvine Anteaters on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala. The match-up serves as the third game of the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic.
The Tigers will set out for the pitch on Sunday with a mark of 1-4-0. On Friday in the first game of the tournament, Memphis lost a 1-0 decision to the Western Illinois Leathernecks. The only goal of the contest was scored in the 27th minute when Western Illinois' Arthur Paszkowski took a give and go from Darryl Odom and connected on a shot from 12 yards out. The loss marked the Tigers' third straight loss by only one goal. In the previous two games the U of M took matches against New Hampshire and Vermont into overtime, but they were defeated in the extra period.
The UC-Irvine Anteaters come into the game with a record of 3-0-2. The Anteaters tied Memphis' C-USA rival, UAB, 2-2 in the second game of the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic. The game was a back-and-forth struggle for the two teams involved. UCI's two goals were scored by Spencer Thompson and Carlos Aguilar. The Anteater's Thompson has now accumulated three goals for UC-Irvine this season. The latest one came in the 10th minute of the game against UAB off of an Irving Garcia assist, from there Thompson put the ball into the lower left corner of the goal past UAB goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski. The second goal of the game for UCI from Aguilar, signified his first goal of the season. The junior is transfer from Taft College.
One of the several bright spots for Memphis continues to be in goal where Michael Goodlett has posted a 1.48 goals against average for the Tigers. The junior from Bolton, Miss., has allowed six goals in four games, while posting 16 saves.
Thomas Shannon, a freshman from Broken Arrow, Okla., leads the team in goals so far this year. In his first year the freshman has two goals for the U of M. Shannon's fellow freshman Cody McCoy, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., got his first start on Friday night against the Leathernecks.
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