Men's Soccer Suffers Shutout Loss at FIU|
Oct. 6, 2013
MIAMI – In search of its first Conference USA win of the season, the Marshall men’s soccer team came up short against FIU as the Thundering Herd fell, 4-0, on Sunday evening at FIU Soccer Complex.
The loss drops Marshall to 2-6-3 on the season and 0-2 in matches against Conference USA foes. FIU improved its overall record to 5-5-0, while the Panthers collected their first conference win of the year to now sit at 1-1 on the season in C-USA.
“They were a much better side than we were tonight,” coach Bob Gray said. “They had some good chances and had about three or four strong looks, two of which they put away for goals. We also had a few good looks, but were unable to put any of them away.”
FIU jumped out front early on as a goal from Quentin Albrecht at the 15-minute mark put the Panthers ahead 1-0 on their home field.
In the 22nd minute, the Panthers would add to their lead on a strike from 20 yards out that rolled past Marshall goalie Danny Sellitti (Las Vegas) and into the left side of the Herd goal, giving FIU a 2-0 advantage.
At the end of the first half, Marshall trailed in shots (12-5) and corner kicks (2-1) to further show how FIU was able to take a 2-0 lead into the half time break.
Coming out in the second half with intentions of making a Marshall comeback nearly impossible, FIU seized an opportunity in the 46th minute as Marvin Hezel scored off of a corner kick to extend the score to 3-0 in favor of the Panthers.
In the waning minutes of the matchup, FIU’s Seth McFarlane added an additional goal in the 88th minute, extending the FIU lead to four goals. The goal came against junior goal keeper Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas) who entered in relief of Sellitti for the Herd.
As the final whistle blew and FIU clinched the 4-0 victory, Marshall was shutout for the first time since an earlier 2013 road match against Davidson (Sept. 1). The shutout ended the Herd’s eight-match scoring streak which began at Wright State (Sept. 6).
“We are just struggling to score goals and we are also struggling to play with heart and effort so we are going to have to do some soul searching before things get better,” said Gray. “We will regroup and see if we can get a result on Wednesday.”
After the 90-minute match was complete, FIU held a 21-10 advantage in total shots over Marshall. The Panthers also recorded more shots on goal than the Herd (15-5).
“To FIU’s credit, they were a good team and deserved to win,” said Gray. “We have had our way with them for the past several years and I think that they wanted to pay us back, which they did.”
Entering the contest with a 6-1 all-time record against FIU in matches played within the state of Florida, Marshall is now 6-2 against the Panthers in the Sunshine State. Now through 13 all-time meetings between Marshall and FIU, the Herd leads the series 9-4.
The Herd will continue its road trip in the state of Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 9, when Marshall faces Florida Atlantic at 7:00 p.m. from FAU Soccer Complex.