Cheek's Two Goals Lead Tigers Over Defending C-USA Champs DePaul
Sept. 24, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Sophomore Madison Cheek scored both Memphis goals, one in the first half and one in the second, her fourth and fifth scores of the year, to lead the Lady Tiger soccer team past defending Conference USA champion DePaul 2-1 in their conference opener on Friday night. The win improves Memphis's record to 6-2 on the year, surpassing their win total from of five from last year.
The Tigers had just four shots in the first half and just one was on goal, but Memphis made it count as Madison Cheek scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead. She took a pass from Carla Scanniello in the midfield that went over the defense to just inside the box on the right side. DePaul keeper Lindsey Deason then came out to try to intercept the ball but Cheek beat her to it and kicked the ball past her and into the bottom left corner of the goal at the 25:21 mark. The Blue Demons were held to just one shot in the first by the Tiger defense.
Memphis tacked on an insurance goal just under five minutes into the second half. Cheek took a pass from freshman Vicki Greenwell just inside the left side of the box and had her back turned to the goal. She faked turning to her left, then turned around to her right and lost her defender just for long enough to unleash a diagonal shot, which sailed over the head of Deason and into the top right of the goal for a 2-0 Memphis lead. The assist for Greenwell was her second of the year.
The Blue Demons got onto the scoreboard for the first time at the 65:07 mark on an almost identical play as Memphis's first goal. Lauren Spacht took a pass from Erin Walter over the defense on the right side of the box and then shot a ball over an oncoming Memphis keeper Natalie Haerens and into the bottom left corner of the goal for her fourth goal of the year.
That goal would prove to be DePaul's best chance to score in the second half, however, as the Tigers outshot the Blue Demons 7-5 in the second frame. On the game, the Tigers outshot DePaul 11-6, although they had just one corner kick to DePaul's eight. Haerens made three saves for the Tigers to record her fifth win of the year while Deason also made three for the Blue Demons on the evening. Deason also recorded a shot in the last minute of the game as she took a free kick on the offensive side of the field with under a minute left but put it wide.
"This was a good win tonight and hopefully it will be just a start to what we hope to accomplish this season," said Memphis coach Brooks Monaghan. "I thought we played well in all facets of the game and never gave up on any balls."
With a 1-0 conference mark now, the Tigers will now play what is scheduled to be their final non-conference game on Sunday against Evansville at 1:00 p.m. at Mike Rose.