Tennessee sophomore Oliver Goss moved one dominant victory closer to a title at the 113th U.S. Amateur in Brookline, Mass.
Goss defeated Temple sophomore Brandon Matthews of Dupont, Pa., 5 and 3 in Friday’s quarterfinals.
“I played solid today,” Goss said in a UT release. “I had two bad holes, but I still managed to have good results.”
Goss won the first hole with a birdie and never looked back. Goss never trailed and consistently maintained a lead of at least a 1-up lead throughout the match.
At one point, Goss rattled off seven consecutive pars from the 4th hole to the 10th hole, helping him extended his lead to 3-up.
Goss ran into some trouble on the 14th hole with a double bogey. However, Goss was fortunate that Matthews recorded a triple bogey.
On the 15th hole, Goss sunk a birdie to close out the match and punch his ticket to the semifinals.
“I didn’t expect to get it done that early, but I’ll take it,” Goss said. “A win is a win.”
Awaiting Goss on Saturday will be his “good mate” and fellow Australian Brady Watt. The two will tee off at The Country Club at 9:15 a.m.
“In the end, I’m excited to play one of my good mates Brady,” said Goss, who is staying at the same house nearby. “It should be a great match. I know we’re both going to give it everything we’ve got so I’m looking forward to it.”
The two previously met in a playoff at the Australian State Amateur last year and a head-to-head battle in the State Open. Goss got the better of Watt, winning both matches. In the Australian State Am, Goss sunk a 35-foot putt to win the playoff.
“But he always seems to get the better of me in stroke play,” Goss said.
The other semifinal matches Corey Conners of Canada against England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, who attends Northwestern.
It’s the first time that an American has failed to reach the final four.
Soccer: Twenty-two players saw action for Tennessee in a 2-0 exhibition loss at No. 7 Duke.
Duke scored goals early and late in Durham, N.C. In the 84 minutes between the goals, Tennessee got solid play from its returners and some younger players.
In the fifth minute, Duke’s Christina Gibbons punched in a ball off a corner kick. Mollie Pathman took the corner and hit the ball into the box. Kim DeCesare collected the ball and sent it forward to Gibbons who pushed the ball in through a scrum of defenders to score while goalkeeper Julie Eckel was blocked out of position.
In the 60th minute, UT’s Cheyenne Spade sent a ball in from the right corner and found Katie Lenz about eight feet in front of the goal. Lenz connected for a header that went just left of the far post.
In the 89th minute, Krysia Sikora scored from the top of the 18 for Duke.
Tennessee will open the regular season against Oklahoma next Friday at home.