Qdoba Invitational Ends with a Win for the Herd|
Sept. 15, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – On the final day of the Qdoba Invitational, the Marshall men’s soccer team picked up its first win of the season before a hometown crowd against IPFW, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
The Thundering Herd improves to 1-4-1 with the one-goal victory, while the Mastodons fell to 0-5-1 on the year. The two sides entered the day with identical 1-4-1 records.
“It was good to get our first win as the season thus far has been a work in progress,” coach Bob Gray said. “We keep finding a little bit more about each other as the season goes on and I am glad we still have a bunch of games to play.”
The Herd dominated the first 30 minutes of the game, but was unable to finish their offensive attacks with a ball in the back of the net against the IPFW back end. Marshall recorded three shots (one on goal), two corners and two offside calls to show for their persistent barrage in the final third of the field.
Despite not seeing much action in the first half, the Marshall defense did not waver when the Mastodons were able to create some opportunities. With 11 minutes until the half, IPFW threatened to score, but goalkeeper Danny Sellitti (Last Vegas, Nev.) denied the shot on goal to keep the game scoreless heading into the halftime break.
After catching its breath during the intermission, the Herd took its offensive intensity to another level.
A strong spot for the Marshall attack in the first half, redshirt freshman Trevor Starcher (Hurricane, W.Va.) remained that way in the second half as he put his squad up 1-0 over IPFW in the 46th minute. Starcher took a cross from sophomore Andrew Ferguson (Stoney Creek, Canada) across the face of goal and struck it home to break the scoreless draw.
Looking to climb back into the game, the Mastodons looked to record an equalizer, but the Marshall defense would not budge courtesy of solid defensive performances from Sellitti and senior Travis Brent (Virginia Beach, Va.). Freshman James Campbell (Greenville, S.C.) also helped anchor the Herd defense until time ran out for IPFW with the Herd claiming the 1-0 win.
“I thought we played exceptionally well in spurts today,” said Gray. “We came out in the second half to get an early goal and then took our foot off the pedal and that was disappointing because they had some opportunities to get back in it.”
Marshall outshot IPFW (10-4) and also recorded more corner kicks than the Mastodons (8-5) in the contest.
With the win, Marshall now leads the all-time series with IPFW 2-0, as the teams first met during the 2012 season in Fort Wayne, Ind.
The Herd will have a short turnaround as VMI comes to town on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to take on Marshall at 6:00 p.m. from Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.