Mens Soccer To Take
On Lipscomb and Memphis 9/27/02
Tenn. With only two non-conference games remaining
before the start of the Missouri Valley Conference portion
of its schedule, the Vanderbilt mens soccer team will
look to get back on track when it takes on cross-town foe
Lipscomb and in-state rival Memphis this weekend. The Commodores
(1-6) will take on the Bison at 7 p.m. Friday at Lipscombs
Campus Soccer Complex before returning to the Vanderbilt Soccer
Complex at 2 p.m. Sunday against the Tigers.
Vanderbilt head coach Tim McClements and his team are looking
to rebound from a difficult trip last weekend the New Haven,
Conn. when the Commodores went 0-2 in the Yale/Campus Customs
Soccer Classic. Vanderbilt lost to No. 21-ranked Yale 3-1
in the opening game and then lost to Brown, 5-1 in its second
contest. Midfielders Jeff Baker and Steve Chromik were named
to the Yale/Campus Customs Soccer Classic All-Tournament team
following the two games.
The Commodores enter this weekends games looking to
break out of a scoring slump, which has seen head coach Tim
McClements squad only score four goals in seven games
this season. The problem this season hasnt been being
able to accumulate shots, but just putting the shots in the
back of the net. The Commodores have actually outshot their
opponents 104-96, which means Vanderbilt is averaging around
15 shots per game.
Friday nights meeting with Lipscomb (1-6) will be the
first meeting between these two Nashville teams. The Commodores
and Bison both enter the game looking to pick up a win.
The Commodores and Tigers are very familiar with each other,
as this will be the 18th meeting all-time between these two
teams. Memphis (4-2-1) leads the all-time series 9-5-3, and
the Tigers have won the last four meetings.
Scouting the Bison
Lipscomb and Vanderbilt have one the thing in common is that
they have had a difficult time scoring goals. In seven games
this season, the Bison have been outscored 27-8 (1.13 goals
per game to 3.82 average for its opponents).
Midfielder Markus Zobec has been the go-to guy on offense,
as he leads the team with three goals and tied for the lead
in shots (15). Forward Roland Borys has chipped in with two
goals, while three other players have tallied one goal apiece.
The Bison have also struggled in goal this season, as freshmen
goalkeepers Patrick Connelly and J.D. Murphy has combined
for a 3.82 goals against average. Connelly has allowed 22
goals while recording 29 saves in six games this season. In
Murphys only appearance this season, he allowed five
goals while registering five saves.
Scouting the Tigers
The Tigers came out of the gates quickly, as they won their
first four games; however, have done 0-2-1 in their last three
contests. Memphis success has been triggered by its
offense. In seven games this season, the Tigers have scored
21 goals and dished out 20 assists for a team total of 62
points. Memphis already has four players that have scored
at least three goals and dished out three assists.
Memphis head coach Richie Grant has received immediate from
several of his newcomers. Freshman forward Daniel Ronan has
gotten off to a fast start, as he leads the team in goals
(five) and total points (11), while also having dished out
one assist. Freshman midfielder Dayton OBrien leads
the team in shots (17), tied for first in assists (three),
second in points (nine) and tied for second in goals (three).
Sophomores Reid Greenslade and John Reilly have both chipped
in with three goals apiece.
Junior Clark Talley and freshman Brian Baytos have shared
time in net this season for the Tigers. Talley, however, has
played the majority of minutes in goal this season. The junior
has played in six games this season, five of which he has
started. He has recorded 21 saves, while allowing 13 goals
(2.33 goals against average). On the other hand, Baytos has
allowed two goals and tallied nine saves in 181 minutes this
season (.99 goals against average). The freshman also recorded
a 2-0 record so far this season.