C-USA Men's Soccer Weekend Recap
Sept. 27, 2009
IRVING, Texas - No. 20 Kentucky rallied to take a 3-1 win over UNC-Asheville on Sunday to complete an action filled weekend of Conference USA Men’s Soccer. In league play, Memphis took out UCF, 3-2, on Saturday, while UAB and SMU played to a 1-1 tie at the SMU Classic on Friday. Tulsa gutted out a 3-2 double overtime win over Saint Louis on Saturday and UAB closed out the weekend with a 1-0 victory over Houston Baptist to capture the SMU Classic title.
C-USA MEN'S SOCCER SHOOTING STARS (Sept. 25 – Sept. 27)
• Kentucky (7-1-0) improved to 7-0 in non-conference action in 2009 and have now only lost once in the last 17 matches, including a school-record 15-match unbeaten streak that dated back to 2008.
• Freshman forward Kofi Gyawu scored with exactly three minutes remaining in regulation to lead the UAB men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory on Sunday in the final day of the 2009 SMU Classic. The win improves the Blazers to 6-2-1 on the season and brings their unbeaten streak to five contests (4-0-1).
• With the victory, coupled by a 3-1 SMU loss to Missouri State in the tournament finale, the Blazers captured the 2009 SMU Classic, marking the second straight tournament win. Last week, UAB captured the Memphis Classic crown.
• The win improved UAB to 5-2 on the season and marked its third consecutive win and the fifth win over the Blazers’ last six contests. Sodade’s goal came off a free kick from senior midfielder and All-American candidate Two-Boys Gumede, who recorded his team-best third assist of the season. Gumede’s free kick went to the back side of the 18-yard box, which Sodade easily slipped past Vermont goalkeeper Tom Critz to record his team-leading fourth goal of the season and second game-winner.
• Four Blazers were named to the all-tournament team, led by sophomore goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski who was named the tournament’s most valuable player. He was joined on the all-tournament squad by midfielder Victor Sambade and defenders Dean Sorrell and Curtis Ushedo.
• Memphis used a 81st minute goal off of senior Rick Alleman's shot and a Parker Duncan back-heel tap in to upend UCF in the first conference game of the season for the Tigers. The teams traded goals in a six-minute span to move to halftime locked in a 1-1 tie. The Knights fell behind 1-0 in the 31st minute when Brian Farrell scored his first goal of the season after a thrown in from Ryan Ruble. Nik Robson then scored in the 37th minute with a bullet past the keeper. Spencer Scott assisted on the marker, Robson's team-leading third of the season.
• With the Knights trailing 2-1 after a Memphis goal in the 60th minute, Scott scored the equalizer just six minutes later, getting a pass from junior and found the back of the net for his first career goal. In the loss for UCF, Scott notched a goal and assist.
• Ashley McInnes scored two goals and had two assists for Tulsa on Saturday night as TU earned a 4-3 double-overtime victory over Saint Louis. The Golden Hurricane moved to 4-3-1 on the season.
• McInnes scored his first goal of the night in the 66th minute to tie the contest and Hunter Christiansen scored just under two minutes later to give the Golden Hurricane a one-goal lead. SLU tied the contest again in the 79th minute forcing overtime. McInnes scored his second goal of the night, the game-winner at the 104:55 mark for the win. Tulsa out-shot Saint Louis, 24-8, including a 12-4 advantage in shots on goal.
• SMU and UAB battled to a 1-1 double overtime tie in both school's Conference USA opener at Westcott Field on Friday. Leone Cruz scored a goal in a second straight game to equalize the game in the 44th minute for the Mustangs, while Victor Sambade scored his second goal of the season for UAB.
• Cruz scored his equalizer seven minutes later off of a pass from Arthur Ivo, for Ivo's first assist of the season. SMU outshot UAB by a margin of 22 to 13, and earned six corner kicks to UAB's one.
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