Sep 6, 2013
DAYTON, Ohio – After rallying from a one goal deficit on two occasions, Marshall (0-2-1) fell to Wright State (1-0-0) 3-2 on an overtime golden goal at Alumni Field on Friday night.
“It is very disheartening to lose, especially when you come back twice from a goal down,” said Marshall Head Coach Bob Gray. “I thought we had some momentum going into overtime, but we made one mistake and they made us play. It is tough because we battled for the whole 90 minutes, but we just made mistakes at critical times and that cost us.”
At the 15 minute mark, Wright State struck first in a contest that served as the season opener for the Raiders. On an assist from Chris DuPont, Eric Lynch put one past Marshall goalkeeper Danny Sellitti (Las Vegas, Nev.) to put the Raiders up 1-0.
The Thundering Herd broke its offensive slump and tied the game 1-1 at the 56 minute mark on a goal from freshman Mukor Harris (Boyds, Md.). In the process of recording his first-career goal, Harris also recorded the first Marshall goal of 2013 after the Herd hadn’t scored in either of the first two games of the season.
With five minutes remaining in regulation, a Wright State free kick from near midfield was headed past the outstretched arms of Sellitti and into the goal to give the Raiders a 2-1 advantage.
The Herd continued to attack the Wright State defense in an attempt to tie the game and send it into overtime. A free kick from Jack Hopkins (Birmingham, Ala.) would do just that on a shot that rocketed past the goalie and just inside the right post to make it a 2-2 game with 48.6 seconds left in the second half.
Under three minutes into the first overtime period, 2012 Horizon Newcomer of the Year and first-team selection Brett Elder scored a golden goal on a ricochet off the right post and into the net, giving Wright State a 3-2 overtime victory.
“We got good play out of some young guys like Mukor Harris, who played well off of the bench,” Gray said. “Now it is back to the drawing board and we are going to keep battling until we get the right combination.”
The overtime defeat drops the Herd to 0-1-1 on the year in overtime contests. Marshall’s first overtime game of 2013 resulted in a double-overtime scoreless draw with Appalachian State (Aug. 30).
Unable to even the series with Wright State, Marshall now trails the Raiders 7-5-0 through 12 meetings in the series history. The Raider victory snaps a two-game Herd win streak in the series that began during the 1998 season.
Marshall will conclude its season-opening four-game road trip on Sunday, Sept. 8 against 2012 Horizon League tournament champion Cleveland State (1-2-0) at 1 p.m.
In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.