@HerdMSoccer Drops Match to New Mexico
Lopez-Mendez scores second goal of the season for Herd
Box Score (PDF)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team fell 2-1 to the New Mexico Lobos, Saturday night at Hoops Family Field. The Herd is now 5-4-1 and 1-2-0 in Conference USA play while UNM improved to 5-3-1 and 1-1-1 in conference action.
The Herd had a decent chance in the opening stages of the match, but New Mexico goalkeeper Jason Beaulieu saved freshman Lewis Knight’s shot in the fifth minute. Knight had a pair of 17th minute corner kicks, but neither one resulted in a goal. The Herd held New Mexico to just two shots and one shot on goal, but went into the intermission scoreless.
Marshall opened the second half grabbing the 1-0 lead as senior Brayan Lopez-Mendez scored his second goal of the season just one minute and six seconds into the half. Knight and sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo were credited with the assists on the play. The Lobos responded in the 67th minute and then took the lead in the 82nd minute. The Herd had several shot attempts in the second half but just could not find the back of the net.
Head Coach Chris Grassie:
On the difference in the match
“They took their chances tonight and we really didn’t take ours. They had a bit of momentum towards the end and we had counterattacks early that we didn’t convert. We had three or four really good opportunities that we should have scored on but didn’t.
On the return of Ben Martinez in goal
“We’re comfortable with all of our goalkeepers. Ben was NAIA Player of the Year and has a national championship, so he knows what it takes to win. He gives us more distribution than the others. Our goalkeeping core is very strong.”
On what to take away from this match
“This game was much tighter than the last one. I still think we had the edge in creating chances, but didn’t capitalize when we had the momentum. When they had the momentum swing, they scored two goals. We’ll just continue to work on what we’re doing. New Mexico is an NCAA Tournament team every year and that’s the level we want to be at.”
Marshall travels down to Miami to take on Conference USA foe FIU on Saturday, Oct. 7. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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