KANSAS CITY, KANSAS – Late match heroics from defender Triston Hodge helped Memphis 901 FC walk out of Children’s Mercy Park with a point Wednesday night.
The 2-2 result also extended 901 FC’s unbeaten streak to four-straight in all competitions headed into its next match, a May 29 meeting with Hartford Athletic at Mike Rose Soccer Complex in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.
“We found a way to get a huge point on the road against a very good team tonight,” 901 FC head coach Tim Mulqueen said. “It wasn’t our best night of soccer per se.
“But we’ve been in matches where we’ve played great soccer and walked away without points. So, getting a point tonight on the road is something we can take going into our Open Cup match next week.”
Wednesday night started off with a bang for 901 FC as midfielder Dan Metzger tapped in his first goal of the season off a Marc Burch corner kick.
The goal in the third minute was the fastest goal in club history.
Memphis kept the slim lead for the first 30 minutes of play until Swope was awarded a penalty kick in the 33rd minute.
Swope Park captain Camden Riley converted the penalty to make it 1-1 as both teams entered halftime with the score level.
As play resumed in the second half, the hosts took the late advantage with Swope fullback Mark Segbers putting the club up 2-1 in the 68th minute from a shot six yards out.
That lead was short-lived as Memphis again capitalized on a set piece just five minutes later in the 73rd minute.
Midfielder Cam Lindley served a perfect ball into the box off the corner and Hodge headed home the equalizer, spoiling Swope’s shot at its second win of the season.
Memphis now has two wins and two draws to its name in its past four matches (all competitions). The club also scored its ninth goal of the stretch in its fourth-straight multi-goal match.
“I think we’re starting to expect to score goals,” Mulqueen said of his club’s recent form. “We are starting to build momentum on this streak but it’s also about keeping to our mantra of getting better every single day.”
Memphis 901 FC returns home Thursday for a brief period of rest before turning its attention to next Wednesday’s match against Hartford.
Kickoff is set for a 7:00 p.m. and tickets for that match are now available for season ticket holders.
Call (901) 721-6000 or go to www.memphis901fc.com/tickets for more information on all ticket options.
Memphis 901 FC Starting XI
1 (GK) Jeff Caldwell ; 3 (D) Abdi Mohamed , 5 Triston Hodge (D) , 6 (M) Dan Metzger , 8 (D) Marc Burch ©; 10 (M) Adam Najem , 18 (F) Elliott Collier , 11 (F) Lagos Kunga ; 26 (D) Josh Morton, 27 (M) Cam Lindley, 28 (F) Jochen Graf
Subs: 24 (GK) Scott Levene, 15 (D) Jacob Hauser-Ramsey, 20 (D) Todd Pratzner , 2 (M) Morgan Hackworth, 17 (M) Ewan Grandison, 9 (F) Luca Uccello, 21 (F) Duane Muckette
Substitutions: 45’ Jacob Hauser-Ramsey on…Abdi Mohamed off, 61’ Duane Muckette on…Jochen Graf off, 80’ Ewan Grandison on…Lagos Kunga off
Goals: 3’ Dan Metzger - Right Foot - Very Close Range - Bottom Left Hand Corner - Assist: Marc Burch, 73’ Triston Hodge - Header - Very Close Range - High Centre of the Goal - Assist: Cameron Lindley
Swope Park Rangers Starting XI
18 (GK) Eric Dick ; 92 (D) Alexsander, 44 (D) Camden Riley ©, 48 (D) Kaveh Rad, 43 (D) Mark Segbers; 95 (M) Rassambek Akhmatov, 85 (M) Felipe Hernandez, 64 (M) Jacob Davis; 80 (F) Sean Karani, 23 (F) Tyler Freeman, 91 (F) Ethan Vanacore-Decker
Subs: 60 (D) Mohammad Abualnadi, 49 (M) William Little, 53 (F) Killian Colombie, 45 (GK) John Pulskamp, 84 (M) Jahon Rad, 39 (M) Jerome Ngom Mbekeli, 96 (F) Wilson Harris
Substitutions: 45’ Jerome Ngom Mbekeli on…Tyler Freeman off, 83’ Jahon Rad on…Jacob Davis off
Goals: 34’ Penalty Kick Camden Riley - Right Foot - Centre of the Box - Bottom Left Hand Corner, 68’ Mark Segbers - Right Foot - Right Side of the Six Yard Box - Bottom Right Hand Corner - Assist: Alexsander Andrade