@HerdMSoccer Captures First Conference Win of the Season
Freshman Roberts scores first goal and game winner
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men’s soccer team (5-2, 1-1) notched its first Conference USA win of the season with a 2-1 victory over South Carolina (3-3, 0-2) Saturday afternoon at Hoops Family Field. Freshmen Lewis Knight and Jamil Roberts combined for a brace.
The first half was tightly contested. In the 18th minute Marshall center back Jascha Glueckschalt was given a free kick from just outside the penalty box. However, his drive would bounce off the wall leading to a corner kick. Lewis Knight had a fantastic chance to elevate Marshall to the lead with three minutes remaining in first half. Yet again South Carolina keeper William Pyle was called upon to make the save. Marshall totaled five shots and two corner kicks after the first 45 minutes. Marshall midfielder Dion Stergiotis led both teams with two first half shots.
The first half closed with neither teaming being able to break through the back line of the other and the match remained scoreless.
Knight, with a pass from sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo, finished an early opportunity on the left, inside the goalie box three minutes into the second half. The goal was his seventh of the season and it gave Marshall the 1-0 advantage. Marshall’s lead was doubled in the 65th minute of the contest. Roberts took advantage on the counter and buried his first goal of the season. The goal was assisted by seniors Adi Dakwar and Stergiotis.
The Herd came within inches of securing a three-goal lead when Dakwar rang the post in the 70th minute from just outside the goalie box. The Gamecocks would draw one back in the 80th minute. Benjamin Gilligan was brought on as a sub and shortly after finished his second goal of the year and first of the contest after a broken play in the box led to the rebound goal.
Marshall finished the game with 10 shots. Stergiotis led all players with three. Knight total two shots both were on target. Senior keeper Nate Himes collected three saves and his second consecutive win for the Herd.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
On the first conference win the season
“It feels good. I think we deserved it today. We gave away a very uncharacteristic goal it was quite sloppy. Obviously as a coach it gives us something to work on. Overall, I thought we possessed the ball the best we have done all season.”
On the game
“First half started off very choppy, they played very direct and very long. So, I think for us we had to settle the game down and play between the lines and once we found that rhythm and the ability to do that I thought we looked very confident.”
On the partnership between Osmanu and Glueckschalt
“I think the chemistry is good. They are both strong guys, Jascha (Glueckschalt) is your big strong, powerful center back and Illal (Osmanu) has got strength but his abilities are his balance, his athleticism, his quickness to recognize danger, fill in and he is good on the ball. Jascha is very good at distributing the ball as well. If we can get it to his right foot we can get him to stretch the field. On both sides of the ball they are playing well.”
Marshall is back in action for a non-conference clash Sept. 20 at Northern Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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