Men's Soccer Departs For TCU Addidas Classic
Sept. 19, 2001
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Still winless after three-weeks of play, the U of M Tiger soccer team (0-2-2, 0-0-1 C-USA) travels to Fort Worth, Texas this weekend to participate in the first-ever TCU Addidas Classic.
Heading into their third tournament of the year, the Tigers will also be searching for their first win of the season but face a tough road ahead with matches against the Horned Frogs (1-2-1, 0-0-0 C-USA) on Friday and also the current No. 1 ranked SMU Mustangs (according to Soccer America) on Sunday, who enter tournment play with a perfect 4-0 record. The Wisconsin Badgers round out the four-team tournament field but will not compete against Memphis.
The U of M enters this weekend's battle still nursing wounds from a fourth-place finish at the Diadora Memphis Invitational just ten days ago, which saw the Tigers claw their way to a 1-1 double-overtime draw against C-USA foe Charlotte on September 7th, before suffering a 4-0 shutout to Illinois-Chicago just two days later on Sunday.
Memphis has not played TCU since the 1982 and 1983 season's but stands at a disadvantage after going 0-1-1. The Tigers began the series with a 3-0 road-loss during Memphis' inuagural 1982 season, but then attempted to even things with a 2-2 tie at Echles Field during the Tigers' home-opener in '83. The Mustangs however, remain perfect against the Tigers at 1-0, having handed Memphis a 9-0 drubbing during the '82 season just one day before the TCU loss.
The Horned Frogs will be coming off 10 days rest and a 0-1-1 performance at the Aaron Olitsky Memorial Classic earlier this month (which also featured SMU), where they pulled even against the College of Charleston 1-1 and fell 3-0 to No. 18 South Carolina. The Mustangs were also present at the very same tournament and extended their unbeaten streak to four games, after besting South Carolina 3-2 and shutting out the College of Charleston, 3-0.
When the Tigers battle the Mustangs on Sunday, September 23rd it will mark the second time in less than a month that the U of M has faced a ranked opponent, and more importantly, the number one team in the nation. During the Tigers' season-opener at Creighton earlier this month, Memphis played without six starters and fought their way through a 0-0 double-overtime thriller which actually bounced the then No. 1 Bluejays completely out of the national polls.
The Memphis-TCU matchup on Friday, September 21st is slated for a 4 p.m. start but will begin approximately 20-30 minutes after the preceding SMU-Wisconsin match is completed. The Tigers will then battle the No. 1 ranked Mustangs on Sunday, September 23rd at 11 a.m. All games are CST.
According to Head Coach Richie Grant, senior defender Stephen Lewis (Germantown, Tenn./Houston HS) has been working out with the team on a regular basis and is listed as day-to-day. The Germantown, Tenn. native, suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during the Charlotte match and was inactive during the Tigers loss to UIC.