Oct. 7, 2011
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Tigers men's soccer team returns to Mike Rose Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. clash with the Panthers of Florida International. Memphis looks to return to its winning ways following a current three-game skid.
Memphis (5-3-1, C-USA 0-2-0) started the season 5-0-1, with wins at Wisconsin and at then-No.18 Bradley, prior to the current losing streak. Mark Sherrod and Liam Collins lead the Memphis attack. Sherrod has a team-leading eight goals, which also places him among the nation's leaders. Similar to Sherrod, Collins is the team leader and sits among the upper echelon in the country in assists.
FIU (5-3-2, C-USA 1-1-0) enters the contest coming off of a 1-0 OT win against then-No. 21 Kentucky. The Panthers are led by freshman forward Quentin Albrecht (four goals and two assists) and sophomore midfielder Lucas Di Croce (three goals and two assists).
The all-time series between Memphis and Florida International is knotted at 3-3. Memphis has won three of the last four matches, despite dropping last season's contest at FIU, 0-2.
The Tale of the Tigers
Led in scoring by sophomore forward Mark Sherrod, with 17 points.
Memphis has recorded more goals, 15-13, than its opponents on the season.
Memphis has taken 49 shots-on-goal, compared to 37 for its opponents.
Averaging 14.7 shots per game (SPG) and allowing only 10.7 SPG.
Ten Tigers have scored points on the season.
Recorded at least a goal in all but one game this season (Marshall).
Allowed five goals in the first six games, but have given up eight in the last three.
Scouting Florida International
FIU scored its biggest win in several years over No. 21 Kentucky, 1-0, in overtime on Sunday.
Freshman Roberto de Sousa scored the first goal of his career in the 100th minute.
The Panthers attack is led by Quentin Albrecht (four goals) and Lucas Di Croce (three goals).
"On Your `Mark,' Get Set, GOOOOOAL!" - Mark Sherrod
Scored two goals on headers against South Carolina.
Leads the team with eight goals on the season.
Ranked sixth in Top Drawer Soccer's C-USA Top 20 Player rankings.
Nationally-ranked (through 9-25) in several statistical categories: 11th in goals scored (8), 8th in goals per game (.89), 17th in total points (17) and 111th in points per game (1.89).
In C-USA, Sherrod is ranked in game-winning goals (1st), goals (3rd), goals per game (3), points (4th) and points per game (4th).
Has four game-winning goals on the season.
Scored tenth career-goal in 26th minute against Evansville.
Tallied 11 goals in last 11 games, dating back to 2010 season.
"Assisting His Teammates" - Liam Collins
Leads the team with six assists on the season.
Ranks 8th in the nation in total assists (6) and 7th in assists per game (.67), through 9-25.
Recorded 11 assists in Tigers' last 11 games.
Reached ten career-assists on Thomas Shannon's header against Wisconsin.