Hayes' Two Goals Lead Tigers Past Evansville 2-1
Sept. 4, 2005
Birmingham, Ala. - Freshman Kylie Hayes scored both Memphis goals on the day, including the game-winner with under two minutes remaining, as the Tiger soccer team bounced back from its first loss of the year on Friday with a 2-1 win over Evansville on Sunday at the Long's Electronic's Samford Classic. Memphis enters its upcoming four-game homestand with a 2-1 record.
After a scoreless first half in which the Tigers were outshot 5-4, Hayes scored her second goal of the season when she finished a breakaway that was created when Alexandra Atkinson stole a pass around midfield and started the breakaway by passing it to Hayes on the other side of the midfield line. Hayes finished from about 15 yards out at the 62:10 mark.
Evansville evened the game a one apiece at the 73:06 mark as Nicole Moyen took a pass from Kaitlynn Radtke and finished from about 10-yards out. It looked as if the game may go into overtime, but the Tigers were able to score off a corner kick with just under two minutes remaining at 88:15. Robyn Smart took a corner kick for the Tigers and the kick bounced off several players in the box before Hayes gathered the loose ball and put it home from five yards out for her third goal of the year.
Isabel Briones made five saves to get the win in goal for the Tigers, who handed Evansville its first loss of the season after the Purple Aces had started 3-0. It was the second straight year that the Tigers have beaten the Purple Aces and it evened the all-time series record between Memphis and Evansville at 3-3-1. Hayes' multiple-goal match was the third for a Tiger player this year in only three games, surpassing last year's total when Memphis individuals had only two the entire year.
"This was what has been a typical Sunday game following a Friday game," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "We were possibly a little tired played a little sluggish and we didn't play our best. We didn't play as well as Friday but we did manage to win the game and for that, I'm pleased. We had two games here this weekend that were good preparation games for conference play down the road."
Three freshmen in Atkinson, Hayes, and Laura Pfeffer were named to the Long's Electronic's Samford Classic All-Tournament team.
Monaghan's Tigers will return to action on Wednesday as they open a four-game homestand against UT-Martin at 7:00 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.