Memphis Hosts Centenary Saturday Night
Sept. 28, 2007
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's soccer team will host its fourth home match of the 2007 season on Saturday night at Mike Rose Soccer Complex and will try to extend its 2007 home unbeaten streak to four games. In their last four matches, the Tigers have drawn two double-overtime ties against Cal State Northridge and UCF and defeated IPFW and Mercer by a combined score of 6-1.
Senior goalkeeper Tyler Strom pitched his third shutout of the season against IPFW last weekend and improved his Conference USA-leading goals against average to 0.65 and save percentage to 0.852. The Tigers' already-stingy back four continued to set the tone last weekend, allowing seven shots on goal over two games and only one against IPFW. With the addition of Rory Dowd to this year's squad, Coach Richie Grant has unprecedented depth across the back.
Last weekend's Evansville tournament saw an eruption of offense from the Tiger attack, as Tripp Harkins, Brian Farrell, Jordan Lynn and Kevin Walsh each scored their first goals of the season. Adding that offensive production to the solid defense and goalkeeping the team has been showing each week, this Memphis squad is hitting its stride just in time for C-USA play.
"This is another important game because it's out last non-conference game before we get into the Tulsa match and that stretch of conference games," said Grant.
The 1-7 Gents come to Memphis following a tough 4-3 loss to IUPUI, which featured a hat-trick by former Tiger Aaron Volanski. Volanski leads the Gents and the Summit League with 10 goals this year.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 pm. All kids in their soccer uniforms will receive free admission, and the first 300 kids will get a men's trading card set. There also will be a pre-match chat with Coach Grant.