The Herd Upsets No. 22 Kentucky in Lexington|
Sept. 20, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Marshall University men’s soccer team upset the No. 22 ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Sunday night in Lexington, Ky., in double overtime behind Dustin Dawes’ golden goal and spectacular play by goalie Daniel Withrow.
The Herd (3-3-1, 1-0 C-USA) is the first team to defeat Kentucky (5-1, 0-1 C-USA) this season, and it ended the Wildcats longest unbeaten streak in school history at 15 games, dating back to an October 2008 loss to Tulsa. The win also gives Marshall the advantage over UK in the all-time series at 13-12-3.
“This is a huge win for our program,” head coach Bob Gray said. “For us to defeat a nationally-ranked team on their home field is great; we are ecstatic.”
Dawes’ golden goal came in the 102nd minute as he connected on a cross from freshman Aaron Hembree and found the back of the net past UK’s net minder Dan Williams. The game-winner is Dawes’ second of the season, and his team-best fourth goal of this season is equal to his four goals a season ago. Hembree notched his first collegiate point with the assist.
It was a memorable match in between the pipes for freshman Withrow who registered seven saves on the night, in spectacular fashion. Withrow preserved a clean sheet by displaying quality diving saves and leaping clearances to blank the Wildcats.
The win jumps MU to the top of the conference standings as this was the opening match of the C-USA schedule.
“Here we are on top of the conference standings,” Gray said. “Hopefully we can build on this momentum going forward.”
The Thundering Herds steps out of conference play in its next match as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio, and take the pitch at Xavier. The game is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, and there will be a pre-game tailgate presented by the Marshall University Big Green Scholarship Foundation.