@HerdMSoccer Falls to Evansville
Marshall losses 1-0 to the Purple Aces
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team dropped a match to the Evansville Purple Aces 1-0, Sunday afternoon at Hoops Family Field. The Thundering Herd fell to 1-1 and Evansville improved to 2-0.
Marshall found its offense stifled by the Purple Aces in the first half. The Herd managed just one shot in the first half and only one corner kick. The shot was registered by Jamil Roberts. Evansville totaled six shots, three of which were on target. Evansville took the lead for good with a goal in the 38th minute.
The second half was reminiscent of the first. Marshall managed five shots only one on target through the final 45 minutes. The Herd goalkeeper Ben Martinez collected 3 saves in the loss. Evansville lead the stat lines in total shots 8-6 and corners 10-3.
The Thundering Herd continues its 2017 season this Thursday the 31st against Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Head coach Chris Grassie
On what to take away from this game
“Yeah, I mean I think, when we weren’t one nil down and that’s a fantastic goal you that’s going to happen maybe once a season somebody strikes a ball like that. I thought we responded really well to the goal and we had some chances we just didn’t take them I think. We had more chances and we played the ball in better areas, so we will take that away and work on it. An early season defeat in a manner like that gives us something to work on.”
On the officiating stopping play
“Yeah, when a team is up like they were, I think you’re looking for any stoppage any break anything to kind of reorganize and set, you begin to grind the game to a halt. While we kept looking for a flow, so a lot of those calls go against you or if they go for you it becomes that chippy. It becomes difficult to deal with trying to keep a rhythm and I think our guys did an okay job of not getting to frustrated.”
On the goal
“You know we had three guys around him and I think we backed off of him a little bit at the halfway line, where we should have stepped up. You know Ben plays high and that’s a risk he’s going to take. I think he may have been a step too high as it turns out in that instances but I thought we could have closed the ball at the source and even leading up to that we play everyone over to the right side and we switch it too early, it gets cut out and we are on the receiving end of the counter attack.”
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