Tigers Ready for First C-USA Showdown
Sept. 25, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- Memphis (3-3-1) takes on Conference USA foe Marshall (6-0-1) Wednesday, September 26, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Mike Rose Stadium. This will be the eighth meeting between the two programs.
Marshall holds a 5-2 advantage over the Tigers all-time, with every game begin played as C-USA opponents. The Herd won the last meeting with the Tigers 3-0 in Huntington, W. Va.
Scouting the Herd
Marshall comes into the match undefeated, with wins over Wright State, IPFW, Liberty, VMI, UNC Asheville and Radford. The Herd has one tie against Bowling Green.
Head coach Bob Gray is in his 17th season as head coach with a record of 162-147-23 with the Heard. For his career as a head coach, Gray carries a record of 417-223-48 all-time.
Marshall is a member of C-USA and finished the 2011 campaign 4-3-1 (4th) in league play, with an 8-8-1 record overall.
Tom Jackson leads the team in goals (5) and points (12), with Matt Freeman leading in assists (3).
Goalkeeper Daniel Withrow has only given up one goal this season and carries a goals-against average of .14.
Marshall has outscored opponents 15-1 through seven games, with a goals scored average of 2.14. The Herd have taken 120 shots on the season with 46 of them on goal.
The last time out Memphis defeated Drake 5-0 in its strongest offensive performance of the season. Lewis Ellis notched two goals in the win, the first multi-goal game of his career at Memphis. It was the second time this season that three different Tigers recorded goals in a game (Mark Sherrod, Lewis Ellis, Wil Linder).
Through the first seven games, goalkeeper Conor Hurley has 16 saves, 10 goals against, a goals-against average of 1.38 and two shutouts.
Spreading The Wealth
Twice this season the Tigers have had three different players record goals in the same game. The first was against Wisconsin (Lewis Ellis, Chandler Gagnon, Mark Sherrod), and the second was against Drake (Lewis Ellis, Mark Sherrod, Wil Linder, Dennis Kennetz Jr.). The Tigers win against Drake was the first time in which Memphis notched five goals in a single game since defeating Nebraska-Omaha on October 11, 2011.
The Tigers travel to Kentucky for their second conference game of the season to take on the Wildcats, Sunday, September 30, at 1:30 p.m. (CT). Then on Wednesday, October 3, Memphis travels to Springfield, Mo. for a non-conference battle with Missouri State at 7 p.m.
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