"Full credit to the guys," SIUE Head Coach Mario Sanchez said. "We've had a lot of tough games to start the season. The guys responded great. I thought our first half was the best we've played."
The start of the game was delayed by nearly three hours due to severe weather in the area.
"I think we're 2-0 in games that start after 10," Sanchez joked.
SIUE improved to 1-3 with the victory. Memphis dropped to 0-4.
Dal Santo made six saves in posting his first shutout of the season. His 21 career shutouts ties him with Nick Frasca for the career record at SIUE.
"Congrats to Kyle, it's well-deserved," Sanchez said. "Now I hope he smashes that record."
McLean's first of the night came in the 31st minute after a cross from Eric Tejada. McLean spun in the box and got his heel to the ball, which just cleared the line before Memphis goalkeeper Jake Leeker could get to it.
McLean sealed the game for the Cougars in the 84th minute. Tejada delivered another pass into the box. McLean settled the ball near the penalty spot then buried it for the 2-0 lead.
"Give credit to Lachlan McLean who is scoring goals," Sanchez said. "You put him in the box and he can finish."
Tejada has now assisted on the last three goals SIUE has scored.
"We moved him to outside back and it freed him up a little bit which has been good," Sanchez said.
Memphis outshot SIUE 13-8 for the game. Leeker made two saves in the loss.
SIUE remains home to face Valparaiso Saturday night.
"This is more than just the first win," Sanchez said. "We wanted this to be more of a statement about who we are long term. We showed we can play good soccer and as a unit if we work together good things can happen."