@HerdMSoccer Gets Last Minute Goal for Win at Robert Morris
Freshman Dolabella scored first goal of the season for the game winner
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MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The Marshall men’s soccer team improved to 3-1 with a 2-1 victory at Robert Morris Sunday afternoon. Freshman Lewis Knight scored his fifth goal of the year and fellow freshman Pedro Dolabella knocked in the game winner. The Colonials dropped to 0-4.
The Thundering Herd got on the attack early driving the ball to the offensive end. In the 12th minute, Knight took a pass from sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo from the left and scored on a one-touch shot into the upper right corner, ricocheting the ball off the bottom of the cross bar. Senior Jascha Glueckschalt and sophomore Illal Osmanu teamed with senior goalkeeper Nate Himes to help keep the ball away from the Colonials and get it back to the Herd’s attacking side.
The second half was back and forth action as Robert Morris moved to ramp up its attack. In the 82nd minute, Zac Sherman scored the equalizer for the Colonials. Sherman took a pass into the box from Keane McIvor and knocked it through on a one-on-one with Himes.
Marshall made the adjustment with a few more opportunities in the final minutes. With 59 seconds remaining in regulation, Dolabella headed in his first career goal. The Brasilia, Brazil native knocked in the rebound after a shot from senior Dion Stergiotis hit the crossbar. The header gave the Herd the lead with less than a minute to go.
Himes played all 90 minutes in goal and earned his second win of the season. He recorded four saves in the victory.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
On the match:
“I thought we started out very strongly, and took the lead after creating three or four good chances. At that point, we were cruising. After that, we definitely fell into the trap of finding it so easy that we took our foot off the gas. Once we did that, we started to let them play their way back into the game. Credit to Robert Morris, they kept pushing and took their goal well.”
On match winning goal:
“I thought we showed a winning mentality. We didn't let the fact that we should've been winning comfortably, and then conceded late, affect us. Once they scored, we really had a ruthlessness about us that I'd like to see more often. But we were all business and deserved to win it. I thought the initial shot from Dion (Stergiotis) was over the line, but credit to Pedro (Dolabella) for not just watching it and making sure it stayed in the back of the net.”
On the squad:
“That was a must win match for us, and to see the whole squad contribute to the win was a plus I'll take out of this. It was a physical match, so we were forced to make a lot of positional changes due to injuries. The guys who were drafted into do a job, in what would definitely be their secondary positions, did a good day's work for the team. They sacrificed for the greater good. All in all, that's the group we have. They work hard, sacrifice for the good of the team, and are a joy to coach.”
Marshall will begin Conference USA action on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Charlotte. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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