Memphis Readies for Final Non-Conference Match
Oct. 8, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn.- The University of Memphis men's soccer team takes on UCA Tuesday, October 9, at Mike Rose Stadium with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CT). It will be the eighth meeting between the two schools, with the Tigers holding a 6-1 advantage all-time over the bears. In 2011, Memphis defeated UCA in Conway, Ark. 2-1. Mark Sherrod notched two goals in the victory off of passes from Liam Collins and Lewis Ellis.
Scouting the Bears
• The Bears carry an overall record on of 6-4-0, with wins over Loyola University Chicago, Western Illinois, Oral Roberts, Butler University, Eastern Illinois and Mercer.
• Ross Duncan is in his first season as head coach of the UCA men's soccer program, after spending two prior season's as an assistant coach for the Bears.
• The UCA men's soccer team is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2011, the Bears finished 2-11-4 overall with a record of 1-3-2 in league play.
• Manuel Montal leads the Bears in goals (3), with Eathan Miller, Shafial Mason and Mickey Segura leading the team in assists (2). Montal and Miller lead the team in points (6).
• Through 10 games goalkeepers Cody Gibson and Patxi Shortsleeve have allowed a combined 11 goals and carry a combined goals-against-average of 1.07 with 39 saves.
• Last time out Memphis fell to Missouri State 1-0 in OT. It was the Tigers sixth overtime game of the season.
• Through ten games goalkeeper Conor Hurley has allowed 14 goals and carries a goals-against-average of 1.32 with 20 saves.
• The Tigers are 1-1 this season against teams from the MVC.
• Head coach Richie Grant carries a 15-14-3 record against teams from the MVC for his career.
Memphis has played in six overtime games this season defeating Belmont 2-1 (2OT), battling No. 23 Furman to a 2-2 draw (2OT), fighting No. 20 Washington to a 1-0 (OT) loss, battling Marshall to a 1-0 (OT) loss, recording a 2-2 (2OT) draw with Kentucky and falling 1-0 (OT) to Missouri State. The Tigers' win over Belmont was their first double-overtime win since 2004 when they defeated Eastern Illinois 3-2.
Memphis has played in 71 overtime games in the program's history with 29 of those being double-overtime. Since 1986 Memphis carries a combined overtime (OT & 2OT) record of 14-25-32 and a record of 4-7-18 in double-overtime games. The most overtime games the Tigers have ever played in single season was seven during the 2007 campaign.
Reversing the Trend?
Memphis has struggled in the month of October, carrying a record of 107-109-16 all-time. However, last season the Tigers started to reverse this trend with an October record of 6-2 during the 2011 campaign.
On Saturday, October 13, Memphis resumes league play against Tulsa at home with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (CT). The Tigers then travel to Columbia, S.C. for a league bout with South Carolina on Saturday, October 20, at 7 p.m. (CT).
Make sure you follow Memphis Men's Soccer on Facebook (facebook.com/MemphisSoccer) and on Twitter (@UMTigerSoccer) for updates during the games and throughout the season.