Hopkins' Golden Goal Clinches Herd Victory|
Sept. 16, 2012
RADFORD, Va.- Freshman midfielder Jack Hopkins scored against Radford in the eighth minute of overtime to hand Marshall its fifth-straight road win of the season and keep the Thundering Herd undefeated at 6-0-1.
It was Hopkins’ second goal of the season and gave the Herd a 1-0 win over a Radford side that entered the match with a winning 2-1-2 record. The golden goal arrived in the 98th minute of play when the Birmingham, Ala., native took a pass from fellow freshman Matt Freeman and made his way into the box before sending a low shot beyond the reach of Radford goalkeeper Ryan Taylor.
On the defensive side, Marshall goalkeeper Daniel Withrow made two saves to record his sixth shutout of the season, while the Herd offense outshot the Highlanders 17-10. Hopkins led all players with eight shots, two of which were on goal.
“I was pleased with the way our team played tonight against a tough Radford side, and happy that Jack was able to score a big goal for us,” said head coach Bob Gray. “Obviously we would like to have scored more, but I think this will give Jack and the other young guys a good confidence boost and keep our team riding high into conference play. To have gone through seven games unbeaten while giving up just one goal is an achievement, but something we need to put behind us as we focus on these important games ahead.”
The Herd will now put its undefeated record on the line against Conference USA foe Memphis on Sept. 26, when it travels to the Mike Rose Soccer Complex for the start of league play. The team will then remain on the road for a Sept. 29 battle with Tulsa, before returning to Huntington on Oct. 1 to face Asbury in its first home match since the 2-0, season-opening victory over Wright State.