Tigers Open Conference Play with SMU
MEMPHIS, TN. – After earning their first home win of the season against a then-undefeated Green Bay, the Tigers will kick off the American Athletic Conference game against SMU this Saturday night.
“Green Bay are good – they’re a solid team, and you can see why they didn’t lose,” the men’s soccer head coach said. Richard Mulrooney. “They’re a team full of energy and pressure and they pushed us to our limits and the guys found a way to win.”
Memphis (2-1-1) who inflicted on the Phoenix their first defeat of the season, scored their only goal at 81′ when Jovan Prado scored a penalty. The Tigers managed to hold Green Bay scoreless after Cam Weston blocked two shots and Colin Welsh made two saves in the game.
For the season, six different players scored for the Tigers while outscoring their opponents 7-2. Memphis currently ranks 6ein the country and 1st in the AAC in shooting accuracy.
(RV) SMU (4-1-1) had its three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday night when it earned a draw against No. 23 UNC-Greensboro. The Mustangs would reduce the nation’s leading offense to just seven shots all game while Cole Johnson made a save for his third shutout of the season.
The Tigers enjoyed great success on SMU last season; in their first game with the Mustangs, Memphis came away with the 3-2 OT victory when Arthur deLuca scored a penalty at 98′ to then send 10e classified SMU packaging. Memphis would sweep their game against SMU later in the season when they won 4-1 at Dallas.
“We have a long history with SMU who are tough opponents. They are always a strong team and are very well trained and we have to make sure we do what we need to do in order to get the best possible result,” said Mulrooney.
Saturday’s game at the athletics and soccer complex is scheduled for 7 p.m. Game coverage can be found on ESPN+ and GoTigersGo.com.