Offensive Explosion Carries Tigers Past Charlotte 5-1
Oct. 8, 2004
Memphis, Tenn. - Memphis scored a season-high five goals, all coming from five different players, to defeat Charlotte 5-1 on Friday evening. The win improves the Tigers to 9-3 overall on the year, 3-1 in Conference USA. The Tigers also got assists from five different players and were led by a goal and two assists from Madison Cheek.
The Tigers outshot the 49'ers 26-8 on the evening, including a 15-4 margin in the first half. Natalie Haerens needed to make just two saves to pick up her eighth victory of the year in goal. In addition to the five different players that recorded goals, 13 different players recorded at least a shot in the game.
Carla Scanniello provided a harbinger of what was to come on the offensive side as she scored her fifth goal of the year just 34 seconds into the game. She took a header from Cheek, dribbled into the box, and then beat Charlotte keeper Shannon Huffman, who came out of the goal to try to intercept the ball. However, less than two minutes later, the 49'ers tied the score as Brittany Dorsch scored her first goal of the year. After a Charlotte corner kick, the ball was kicked around and bounced off several players in the Memphis box before Dorsch finished it with a shot just inside the right of the goal.
It would not be tied for long, however, as Memphis scored what turned out to be the game winner a little more than 10 minutes later at the 12:32 mark. Prior to the goal, defender Leanne McGee had to leave the game after being tackled by a Charlotte player. Elaine Sedgewick entered the game for her and her substitution paid immediate dividends. She headed the free kick by Robyn Smart that was awarded to the Tigers for the foul on McGee. Her header went further into the box, where Mary Shelton headed it again and into the goal for her second score of the year.
Memphis added another goal a little less than four minutes later at 16:03, as Sedgewick once again got involved in the action. Her initial shot bounced off the crossbar, one of four Tigers shots that hit the crossbar in the game. The rebound was put home by Cheek for her sixth goal of the year, tops on the team, while Sedgewick was credited with her second assist in four minutes of play.
A pair of Tigers then netted their first goals of the year in the second half for the last two Tiger goals. Just under six minutes into the half, Annika Moller blasted a one-timer into the net from point-blank range after an initial shot was blocked. Vicki Greenwell, who took the corner kick, and Cheek, who recorded the initial shot that was blocked, had assists at 50:49.
Finally, redshirt freshman Candace Halvorson recorded her first career goal at the end of the game to make it 5-1. At the 87:45 mark, she took a pass from Monica Powell and after it bounced in front of Huffman, was able to head it high over the Charlotte keeper and into the goal when Huffman fell down after not being able to make the play on the ball.
The Tigers will look to make it three straight wins for the third time this year when they take on East Carolina on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex.