Thursday, October 29, 2009

College Roundup

A&M Take Down Memphis 3:1

Fueled by two second half goals by Abraham Kassaye, Alabama A&M recorded thier fourth win of the season by upending regional foe the University of Memphis Tigers 3:1 last night at Mike Rose Stadium in Memphis, TN. The Bulldogs only had 6 shots to the Tigers 16, but made the most of those shots while A&M goalkeeper Paul Musoke did his best to disrupt the Tigers attempts at goal by making 8 saves on the night.

Cesar Ramirez got A&M off on the right foot by converting a 31st minute pass from Eric Kamya from six yards out. In the 53rd minute, A&M doubled the lead when when Moses Semakula put Abraham Kassaye behind the Memphis defense to find net. Memphis pulled one back when Parker Duncan was hauled down in the area and Thomas Shannon converted from the spot. However, Kassaye's goalscoring wasn't finished and in the 73rd minute, he bent a shot from the left side of the penalty area into the opposite corner of the goal for the final goal of the contest.

A&M will take on intra-state rival University of Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday afternoon. UAB comes into the match ranked at No. 20 in the nation.

UAH Held To A Scoreless Draw In the final home match of the season, University of Alabama-Huntsville and Christian Brothers University battled to a 0:0 tie. Junior UAH goalkeeper Tyler Early was undoubtedly the man of the match making 8 saves in his third shutout of the '09 campaign.

UAH Goalkeeper Tyler Earley talks about the game and the conference tourney

CBU dominated the early portions of the match and were able to get off 20 shots although the Earley and the UAH backline held strong. As the time ticked away, UAH and Gulf South Conference player of the week Kota Kashiwagi were able to string together some chances including a golden opportunity in the 87th minute that saw freshman Tony Stock's attempted dink over the charging goalkeeper go inches high over the right corner of the goal.

The overtime period was a back and forth affair that somehow had neither team really threaten the opponents goal.

The draw earns UAH the second seed in the upcoming Gulf South Conference tournament next weekend in Pensecola, FL where they will meet this same CBU team in the conference semifinals. UAH coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge thinks provided the right mental focus, the team could do well in the tournament.

UAH coach Tafadzwa Ziyenge discusses the season and the GSC tournament

The other Gulf Coast Conference semifinal will feature No. 1 seed University of West Florida vs the winner of Friday's match between Harding and Ouachita Baptist.

Note: I have to apologize for the fuzzy look of the game footage. My little handheld video camera just isn't designed for that sort of thing.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for the video footage. How can you miss that goal chance...
    I like the coach's assessment. Let's see what happens at the tournament.