Tigers to Battle Huskies and Knights in Birmingham
Birmingham, Ala.- Memphis will play two games at this weekend's UAB Soccer for a Cure Classic. On Friday, September 14, the Tigers face Washington (3-1-1) at 4:30 p.m. (CT). This will be the second meeting with the Huskies in the program's history. Washington holds the series lead 1-0 all-time, with the Huskies winning the lone contest 8-1 in 1995. Sunday, September 16, the Tigers face Fairleigh Dickinson University (3-1-0) at 11:30 a.m. (CT) in game two of the Classic. This will be the program's first-ever meeting with the Knights.
Scouting the Huskies
• Washington comes into the contest having picked up wins over Gonzaga, Cal Poly and Wisconsin and tied Cal State Bakersfield. The Huskies one loss came at the hands of No. 4 Connecticut.
• The Huskies rank No. 21 (NSCAA Poll) in country.
• Head coach Jamie Clark is in his first year at Washington. His career includes stops with Creighton and Harvard.
• Dylan Tucker-Gangnes leads the Huskies in goals (4) and points (8). Bradley McIntosh leads the team in assists (3).
• Goalkeeper Spencer Ricehy has 16 saves, four goals against and two shut-outs.
• Washington plays in the PAC-12 Conference. In 2011, the Huskies finished 12-4-2 overall, and 7-3-0 in league-play.
Scouting the Knights
• FDU comes into the contest having picked up wins over Lafayette, NJIT and Albany. The Knights one loss came at the hands of Stoney Brook.
• Head coach Seth Roland has a 159-104-34 record at FDU and an overall career record of 279-168-46.
• Nico Wright leads the team in goals (3) and points (7), with four players tied for the lead in assists (1)
• Goalkeeper Jacob Lissek has 14 saves, eight goals against and two shutouts.
• The Knights play in the Northeast Conference. In 2011, FDU finished 11-5-3 overall and a 6-2-2 record in league play (NEC Tournament runner-up).
• The Memphis coming off a 2-2 (2OT) draw with No. 23 Furman. The game marked the Tigers' second 2OT game of the season.
• Head coach Richie Grant has never faced a team from the Pac-12 or Northeast Conference in their current configurations.
Against the Top-25
• So far this season the Tigers are 0-0-1 in games against top-25 opponents.
• In the last three games against top-25 opponents Memphis has a record of 2-0-1.
• The Tigers are 11-30-5 all-time against teams ranked in the top-25.
• 14 of the contests against top-25 opponents went to overtime. Seven of those games progressed to double-overtime, with five contests ending in a draw and two resulting in a loss.
• Eight of the Tigers' wins over top-25 opponents have come under head coach Richie Grant.
• Memphis has four wins over top-25 opponents in the last four seasons.
Gagnon's Fast Start
Sophomore Chandler Gagnon is off to a fast start this season. In the first four games, Gagnon has three goals and leads the team with six points. The sophomore also had the game winning goal against Belmont in double-overtime. Following his goal against Belmont, the Memphis, Tenn., native recorded a goal in the Tigers' 2-2 draw with No. 23 Furman. Gagnon was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men's Soccer Player of the Week for his efforts in those two games.
The Tigers return home to Mike Rose Soccer Stadium for a two game home-stand. Saturday, September 22, Memphis takes on Drake at 7 p.m. (CT), followed by the opening of league play against Marshall on Wednesday, September 26, at 7 p.m. (CT).
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