Aug. 18, 2012
CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The Marshall University men’s soccer team concluded its 2012 preseason schedule on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 loss to the University of Pittsburgh at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex.
Following a scoreless opening period in which Marshall’s starting 11 outshot the Pitt Panthers 8-4, the Thundering Herd jumped out in front courtesy of a Cody Partyka header that arrived just after the start of the second half. Junior midfielder Zach Hunter was credited with the assist after finding space to send the ball in from the left side for an awaiting Partyka to head home.
However, Pitt managed to net three goals in less than 10 minutes after Marshall unloaded its bench following the score. The Panthers’ Cory Werth bagged two of those, scoring the second and third goals for his team after a Marshall own goal had the game tied at 1-1. The Herd’s freshman goalkeeper Bijan Gloston conceded all three goals, but was credited with two saves on the afternoon.
Saturday’s loss makes it the second season in a row that Marshall has lost an exhibition match to Pitt following last preseason’s 5-1 defeat to the Panthers in Pittsburgh. The Herd went 0-1-1 this preseason after tying Rio Grande 2-2 last Wednesday and will now await the start of its regular season, which begins Friday night with a 7 p.m. match against Wright State at the Trace Fork Soccer Complex in Charleston.
“No excuses about the game, but we were obviously trying to look at a lot of players today,” said Head Coach Bob Gray after the match. “Either way, when you get a one goal lead you’ve got to be able to hold that lead. The reality is they were a better side than us today and we’ve got some things to work on before Friday’s game, but overall I think the potential is there.”