Three Second-Half Goals Give @HerdMSoccer Win at Duquesne
Freshman Knight scored two goals for second time this season
Box Score (PDF)
PITTSBURGH – The Marshall men’s soccer team lit up the scoreboard in the second half to grab a 3-1 win at Duquesne. The Thundering Herd improve to 2-1 behind two goals and an assist from freshman Lewis Knight. Duquesne drops to 1-2.
The first half began in favor of the Dukes as Duquesne scored just two minutes and 28 seconds into the match to take an early 1-0 lead. The Dukes fired off a couple more shots and stayed on the attack. The Herd recorded its first shot of the night in the 19th minute as Knight put an attempt on goal but was saved by Duquesne’s goalkeeper Robbie McKelvey. In the first half, Marshall managed six shots while Duquesne had five.
In the second half, the Thundering Herd offense found its rhythm as Knight scored the equalizer just two minutes and 20 seconds into the half on an assist from junior John Pappas. In the 76th minute, freshman Jaime Izquierdo Roiz took a pass from Knight and scored his second goal of the year to give Marshall the lead. Two minutes and 39 seconds later, Knight scored his second goal of the evening from an assist by senior Dion Stergiotis, and fourth of the year, to give the Herd a two-goal lead.
Senior Nate Himes got his first start in goal in 2017 for Marshall and responded after the early goal with four saves. Himes went the distance for his first win of the year.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
On First half and Duquesne goal:
“We were a few steps slow in the first half and didn't match their intensity. Duquesne is a solid, well organized, blue collar team. If you can't match their intensity you're in for a long day. They definitely got on top of us early, and the goal came from us not being switched on defensively.”
On Second half:
“We came out in the second half and immediately got on top of them. We were so much more aggressive and up for the fight. I think that aggression led directly to the first goal. Coach Branson is always telling the lads that you have to earn the right to play, and we did that in the second half. We earned the right to play. We also had a few big saves from Nate (Himes) that kept us on top, and Lewis (Knight) did a great job finishing his chances. Jaime (Izquierdo Roiz) took his goal well, as it was something the lads had worked on in training specifically for this match. All in all an excellent second half.”
On Lewis Knight:
“He had an excellent match. He's a handful to play against, because he's so physical. I think he was a little run down against Evansville, having to play two games in less than 48 hours. So when he's fresh like tonight, you can see the damage he can do. He's the tip of our spear so to speak. When we play that well as a team, and it was a team performance in the second half, Lewis will be there to finish our chances. That's his job.”
Marshall will return to the Pittsburgh area to take on the Robert Morris Colonials, Sunday Sept. 3. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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