Men's Soccer Falls to Oakland in Home Opener


Friday night served as the home opener for the Herd men

Friday night served as the home opener for the Herd men

Sept. 13, 2013

Final Stats |  Qdoba Invitational Day 1 

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Playing its first regular season game at ‘the Vet,’ the Marshall men’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Oakland on a goal in the 86th minute on Friday night on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

The Thundering Herd falls to 0-4-1 on the season with the loss, while the Golden Grizzlies improve to 1-2-2 on the year with the one-goal victory on day one of the Qdoba Invitational.

“It was just the same way that our season has been going,” Marshall coach Bob Gray said. “We had all of the momentum down the stretch and then we gave up a sloppy goal late. I credit them, but it is frustrating because that is just the way our season has been going.”

On a ball that was unable to be cleared by Marshall with Oakland on the attack, a quick shot from Matt Rickard slipped past Marshall goalkeeper Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas) at the 16 minute mark to put the visitors on top 1-0 early.

Both teams continued to work for opportunities on the offensive end while the game was played physically on both sides of the ball. The two sides committed a total of 32 fouls over the course of the game.

In the 72nd minute, junior Jahvon Allison (Kingston, Jamaica) buried a cross from freshman Daniel Jodah (Mississauga, Ontario) to tie the game at one goal apiece and get the home crowd into the game, giving the Herd a feeling of home field advantage. The goal was Allison’s first of the regular season after scoring once in the MU Alumni exhibition (Aug. 23).

As Marshall seemed to have the momentum on its side with a boost from the 762 fans in attendance, Oakland dealt a late blow as Matt Dudley controlled a bouncing ball in front of goal and scored to put the Golden Grizzlies ahead 2-1 in the 86th minute.

With just over two minutes remaining in regulation, the Herd looked to tie the game on a cross in front of the Oakland goal, but an offside call negated what would have tied the contest at two with little time remaining.

“The whole team played hard, but we still aren’t very dangerous in the final third and aren’t a threat to score,” said Gray. “We aren’t a team that is creating a lot of scoring chances and it is hard to lose on silly goals.”

The Oakland victory is the program’s first ever win over Marshall with the Herd now leading the all-time series 2-1.

Marshall will conclude hosting the Qdoba Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 15 on the final day of the event. The day will begin with Oakland taking on St. Francis (Pa.) at 12:30 p.m., followed by the Herd squaring off against IPFW at 2:30 p.m.

In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.