MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The No. 19 University of Memphis men’s soccer team hits the road for the first time this season to take on the University of Evansville on Friday at the Black Beauty Field in Evansville, Ind., at
The Tigers moved up in the polls to No. 19 in Soccer Times and No. 23 in College Soccer News after beating both Centenary (4-0) and Oral Roberts (4-3) to win its second ever Memphis Diadora Tournament last week. Despite the success in 2004, the perfect 3-0 preseason record that includes a 1-0 win against No. 11 Missouri State and the defeat of Oral Roberts who is ranked No. 23 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, Memphis has yet to enter the NSCAA or Soccer America Top 25 poll.
Memphis went 5-3-1 on the road in 2004 and ended the season away last year with a 1-0 loss to OhioState in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers hosted Evansville at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex last year and defeated the Purple Aces 5-1. It was the first time a U of M team had defeated an Evansville squad in six previous attempts.
The Purple Aces enter Friday’s contest with a 0-1-1 record. Evansville lost to No. 9 Akron 5-0 in its season opener and then tied 2-2 with Lipscomb. Friday’s match will be the first home game for the Missouri Valley Conference school, which was picked to finish sixth in its conference. Forwards Chris Binder and Erik Johnson scored the Aces’ first two goals of the season against Lipscomb.
The Tigers head into Friday’s game with the reigning Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Jared Britcher. Britcher scored two goals and had an assist in the U of M’s two home wins. Memphis has scored eight goals in two games while allowing three. Five different Tigers have scored goals already this season with Britcher, Dayton O’Brien and Marcus McCarty all with two goals each.
Memphis will return home on Tuesday, Sept. 13 to face Alabama A&M at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex at The game precedes the Lady Tigers match-up with Ole Miss at
W. Brandon Kolditz University of Memphis Memphis Athletic Media Relations (901) 678-2444 www.gotigersgo.com