Oct. 6, 2012
EVANSVILLE, Ind.- The Marshall University men’s soccer team improved to 9-1-1 for the season with a 2-0 victory over the University of Evansville Purple Aces (6-4) at the Arad McCutchan Stadium on Saturday night.
Senior forward Tom Jackson and freshman midfielder Andrew Ferguson both scored to give the Thundering Herd an unbeaten 8-0-1 record in non-conference play and help the squad surpass its win total from a season ago.
For Jackson, it was his seventh goal of the season and 25th of all-time as he continues to distance himself as the Herd’s leading scorer this fall. The New Zealand native is fifth all-time on the Marshall scoring charts and is just four goals away from taking sole possession of third place. Byron Carmichael holds the career record at 58 goals.
Senior goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, who last game tied Taly Goode’s single-season shutout record of 7.5, made six saves on a night when Evansville outshot the Herd 13-8 to keep clean sheet number 8.5 and claim sole possession of the Marshall record. The Rochester Hills, Mich., native now owns both the career and single-season Herd shutout records, and continues to lead a defense that is tied with North Carolina for the least goals allowed by any NCAA Div. I team in the nation this fall (3).
“It was a good win for us,” said head coach Bob Gray. “Evansville was a good side who’s had some good results this year. It’s always tough to beat a good opponent on the road, especially on a cold night like tonight, but we played a solid match. Defensively we limited their opportunities and offensively we were able to take advantage of our own. Andrew Ferguson scored a nice goal when he chipped their keeper to get things going for us, and Tom sealed the deal with a late one, so overall I’m real pleased with the result. It’s the first time I can remember going undefeated in non-conference play since being the coach here and I’m real proud of these guys and the way they’ve been playing.”
Indeed, the 2-0 victory means the Marshall men’s soccer team has run the table against non-conference, regular season opponents for the first time in its 33 year history. To go unbeaten, the Herd has won eight non-league matches this fall while drawing one in a 0-0 tie with Bowling Green.
Having concluded its non-conference schedule, the Herd will now play its last six matches of 2012 regular season against Conference USA opposition, beginning with its next game against South Carolina at Hurricane High School (W.Va.) on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.