Tigers Take to the Road for C-USA Test Against Cincinnati
Sept. 13, 2002
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The University of Memphis men's soccer team hits the road for the first time in the young season Saturday when the Tigers battle the Cincinnati Bearcats in Conference-USA action. The Tigers, who are 4-0 and sit atop of the conference standings, can equal the program's best-ever start with a road win. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.
Although Cincinnati defeated the Tigers, 1-0, last season, Memphis has had relative success against the Bearcats as of late. Memphis has beaten in Cincinnati three of the last four matches, including a 2-1 victory in the 2000 C-USA Tournament. Head coach Richie Grant said he is aware of the challenge that lies ahead in Ohio. "Obviously we are confident, but Cincinnati is always a strong team so we need to be well prepared to play on Saturday," he said.
The Tigers come into the match on the heels of a season-best performance in a 7-0 win at Lipscomb on Wednesday. "The Lipscomb match was a nice opportunity for most of the squad to get playing time," Grant said.
Sophomore Reid Greenslade paced the Tigers' offense with two goals while Dayton O'Brien and Kirk Ricketts each added a goal and an assist. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Baytos filled in nicely for a suspended Clark Talley, making four saves to register his first career shutout.
Memphis will continue its nine-match road trip when the Tigers travel to Tampa, Fla., next weekend for the first of two matches in the Sunshine State. UM will face conference-foe South Florida on Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. EST before playing Stetson on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. EST.