Oct. 13, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The UAB men's soccer team, ranked No. 25 in the nation, will continue its home stand when it welcomes Conference USA rival Memphis to West Campus Field on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the 31st meeting between the two rivals who have played one another every season dating back to 1982.
The Blazers are currently second in the most recent conference standings, behind Marshall, with a record of 8-2-1 (2-0-1 C-USA). UAB is coming off an impressive 7-1 victory over FIU, and are now riding a seven-game unbeaten streak (6-0-1) entering Wednesday night's contest.
Freshman forward Kofi Gyawu, who is the reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Week thanks to his hat trick against FIU last Saturday, leads the Blazers in goals (6) and points (13) on the season. Joining him up top is another offensive threat in sophomore forward Babayele Sodade, who is second on the squad in goals (5) and points (11) and leads the team in total shots (35) and shots on goal (18).
Senior midfielder Two-Boys Gumede, an All-America candidate and a Hermann Trophy nominee, is a two-time C-USA Player of the Week honoree. He leads the Blazers with three assists and is third on the team in goals (3) and points (9).
The Blazers boast one of the stingiest defenses in the country, allowing opponents to score only eight goals in 11 games (0.71 goals per game) this season. In comparison, the Blazers have scored 21 goals against the opposition on the campaign (1.87 goals per game).
Memphis enters the match with a mark of 4-3-2 (1-2-0 C-USA) and are currently ranked 10th in the Midwest Region according to the latest NSCAA rankings. Memphis is coming off back-to-back league losses, the most recent coming by way of a 2-1 defeat at home against Kentucky last Saturday.
The Tigers are led statistically by sophomore forward Parker Duncan who has accounted for four goals and three assists this season. Freshman forward Jon Wright is second on the team with three goals and seven points, while freshman J.J. Greer has a team-leading five assists. Memphis freshmen have accounted for eight of 14 Memphis goals this season.
Senior goalkeeper Michael Goodlett enters the match with 14 goals allowed and 27 saves. Goodlett has three shutouts this season in back for Memphis.
The two programs have seen each other for four games this season with Memphis playing Drake and UMKC at the 2009 UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic and UAB playing Central Arkansas and Vermont at the 2009 Memphis Classic. UAB has won the last two meetings between the two programs.
Admission is free to all UAB students with a valid ID, while students and season ticket holders are encouraged to attend a pregame tailgate with free food and drinks beginning approximately 60 minutes prior to the start of the match.