No. 20 Tigers Host No. 17 UAB in Battle for First Place in C-USA
Oct. 26, 2004
The University of Memphis men's soccer team moved to its highest national ranking of the year coming in at No. 20 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's national rankings on Tuesday.
Memphis also entered the week ranked in two of the three other national polls, receiving its first ever ranking in Soccer America at No. 23 and its first ranking since 1998 in Soccer Times at No. 23. The Tigers are ranked just outside College Soccer News' Top 30 at No. 31. For the fourth-straight week, Memphis ranks No. 3 in the NSCAA Midwest Region behind nationally ranked SMU and Creighton.
In a battle for the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, the Tigers (10-3-1, 6-1-0 C-USA) will host No. 17 UAB (9-4-0, 5-1-0 C-USA) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex. If Memphis wins the game, it will guarantee a first place position in the conference regular season final standings.
The Tigers only need a win or loss or tie by Cincinnati to lock up at least second place in the regular season and assure a first round bye in the C-USA Tournament held in Louisville on Nov. 11-14. Only one team outside the No. 1 and No. 2 seed has ever won the conference tournament and that was Saint Louis in 1997. Only two teams who haven't at least claimed a share of the conference regular season title have won the conference tournament, Saint Louis in 1997 and 1995.
The Blazers are second in the conference with a 5-1-0 record and have won three straight. However, UAB has only won one away game and is 1-3 in away games on the year while posting a 7-0 home record. Memphis is 6-1-0 at home this year and has won five-straight home matches.
The Tigers are 12-11-0 all-time against UAB and have outscored them 47-39. The first meeting between the two schools came in 1982 with Memphis losing 2-3. Last year the Tigers shut out the Blazers 1-0 in Alabama. In the past five games, Memphis has posted a 2-3-0 record against UAB. The Tigers are 4-5 at home against the Blazers and have a four-game losing streak against UAB since beating them 2-1 in the Great Midwest Tournament in Memphis in 1993.