First Half Goal Clinches Marshall Win


Prugh came on as a substitute to score the Herd's game-winner

Prugh came on as a substitute to score the Herd's game-winner

Sept. 3, 2012

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.- The Marshall University men’s soccer team improved to 2-0-1 on the season after Eddy Prugh’s first half goal was enough to guide the Thundering Herd to a 1-0 win over IPFW on Monday afternoon.

Marshall entered the game with less than 48 hours rest after playing Bowling Green State to a 0-0 draw in double-overtime on Saturday night, but overcame the tired legs and fatigued muscles to defeat IPFW in the two schools’ first-ever meeting.

Senior Eddy Prugh scored the lone goal and eventual match-winner for Marshall in the 41st minute when he volleyed home a Tom Jackson throw-in to take a lead the Herd would not relinquish. Through three games this season, Marshall has not allowed a goal, and has outscored its opponents by a three to zero margin.

The win keeps the Herd undefeated on the season, a stark contrast to the 0-4 start that plagued the team just one season ago.

“I am happy we were able to get a win on the road today,” said head coach Bob Gray. “At times we definitely looked like we had played a double-overtime game just two nights before, but we were able to overcome that and get a nice goal from Eddy to seal the deal. I’m happy to have gone on the road this weekend and remained undefeated. Hopefully we can continue that streak later this week at VMI.”

The Herd’s next contest will see the team travel to Lexington, Va., for the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament hosted by VMI from Sept. 7-9. Marshall will kickoff its first match of the competition against Liberty University on Friday at 1 p.m. before facing host team VMI on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.