Tigers Prepare for South Carolina
Oct. 19, 2012
COLUMBIA, S.C.- The University of Memphis men's soccer team travels to South Carolina, on Saturday, for a Conference USA battle with the Gamecocks. This will be the tenth meeting between the two programs with South Carolina leading the all-time series 5-2-2.
In 2011, South Carolina defeated the Tigers 2-3 at Mike Rose Stadium. Memphis led 2-1 late into the match on a pair of goals by Mark Sherrod. Two goals scored Braeden Troyer and Chipper Root one minute apart eventually secured the Gamecocks' victory.
Scouting the Gamecocks
The Gamecocks come into the match with one win in C-USA over UCF. Their four league losses came at the hands of Tulsa, SMU, UAB and Marshall. Their one draw was against FIU.
Head Coach Mark Benson is in his 34th-seaosn at the helm for South Carolina. Benson carries a record of 433-190-63 all-time with the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks return 15 letterwinners and seven starters that finished the 2011 season 9-7-3 overall and a 6-1-1 record that tied for first in league play.
Last season the Gamecocks made their 20th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Jeffery Torday, Bradlee Baladez, Braeden Troyer and Hunter Wyer lead the Gamecocks in goals (2).
Jeffrey Torda leads the team in points and assists (3).
Goalkeeper Alex Long has notched 47 saves, while allowing 25 goals. Long carries a goals-against-average of 1.70.
Last time out Memphis battled Tulsa to a draw at Mike Rose Stadium. Mark Sherrod notched two goals in the 2-2 tie.
Mark Sherrod leads the team in goals (7) and points (17).
Liam Collins leads the team in assists (4).
Through 12 games goalkeeper Conor Hurley has recorded 26 saves with 16 goals allowed. Hurley carries a goals-against-average of 1.25.
Memphis and South Carolina have played four overtime games in nine all-time matches between the two.
Collins Moves Up
Liam Collins notched his fifth assist of the season in Memphis' 2-2 draw with Tulsa. The Ireland native, is now tied for second all-time in the program's history with Donal McDonagh and Rogerio Lima with 22 career assists.
In the Tigers' season opening loss to Wisconsin, Collins recorded two assist. This was the fifth time in the sophomore's career to record a multiple-assist game and his first since playing Nebraska-Omaha (3) in 2011. Last season the Tigers-midfielder led C-USA and was fourth in the nation in assists (11) and assists per game (0.61).
Memphis has recorded three or more ties in a season four times in the program's history (1983, 1984, 2007, 2012). The program record for ties in a season is four set in 2007.
The Tigers hit the road for two league games in the Sunshine State. Memphis travels to UCF on Wednesday, October 24, with kickoff set for 6 p.m. (CT). Then on Saturday, October 27, Memphis takes on FIU at 12 p.m. (CT) in Miami, Fla.
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