@HerdMSoccer Blanks Eastern Illinois, 3-0
Knight, Dolabella and Dakwar scored for the Herd
Box Score (PDF)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s soccer (4-2-0) handed the Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-1-4) its first loss of the season with a 3-0 win at the Hoops Family Field on Wednesday evening.
Freshman forward Lewis Knight gave the Thundering Herd an early 1-0 lead within the first two minutes of the contest. Knight received a Dion Stergiotis pass from the left corner of the box and drilled it into the top right corner of the net for the goal. It was Knight’s sixth goal of the season and Stergiotis’ second assist.
Marshall doubled up the Panthers at the 15 minute mark of the first half. Freshman midfielder Pedro Dolabella struck the ball from outside the box that ricocheted off the crossbar and bounced down into the net. It was Dolabella’s second goal of the season. He was assisted by senior Brayan Lopez-Mendez, his first of the season.
Senior forward Adi Dakwar pushed the Herd’s lead to three in the 70th minute with a breakaway goal. Stergiotis recorded his second assist of the match on the play and his third of the season.
Marshall dominated the attack by out-shooting the Panthers, 27 to 1. Knight led the Herd with six shots, while Dolabella had five and Stergiotis had four. Marshall had 14 shots on goal.
Quotes by Chris Grassie
On the style of play:
We keep talking about trying to play the style of football that we want to play. Most of it’s just territorial, make sure we’re playing the game in their area, don’t give them any chances to get back in the game. The goal is to keep pressuring them and the results will go our way.
On applying pressure:
We’ve been talking about trying to put the pressure on the opponent and sustaining pressure for a full 90 minutes and not constantly being under pressure like we were against Charlotte.
On everybody getting into the match:
It was good to get everybody in and give the starters some rest because we play multiple games each week. Whenever we have the opportunity to get guys in, we give them the chance to play. They’ve been training hard. They all started strong and have picked it back up. They deserve to play.
Marshall gets back into Conference USA play this Saturday at 1 p.m. against the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Hoops Family Field.