Men's Soccer Records Scoreless Draw at FAU|
Oct. 9, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Marshall men’s soccer team grabbed a point on the road in a scoreless draw against Florida Atlantic on Wednesday at FAU Soccer Complex.
With the draw, the Thundering Herd now sits at 2-6-4 on the season with a 0-2-1 mark in Conference USA play. The Owls are now 5-1-2 and 1-1-1 against C-USA competition.
“We played really well in the first half and had some great opportunities in the first half and in the second half it was pretty even,” coach Bob Gray said. “We had chances, but we are still just struggling to score right now. We were a better side today so it was a little rewarding overall when compared to our last match out. We are just going to have to find more moments to score so we can win some games. ”
After having opened its Sunshine State stay with a 4-0 loss to FIU (Oct. 6), Marshall rebounded to shutout the Owls on their home turf on Wednesday. Florida Atlantic entered the contest with a perfect 5-0-0 record at home this season.
The Herd dominated the first 45 minutes of play as Marshall led Florida Atlantic in shots (5-2), shots on goal (5-1) and corner kicks (6-1), but unfortunately scored no goals as both sides went into the half time break in a scoreless draw.
Marshall was still unable to capitalize after 90 minutes of regulation concluded as the Herd and Owls headed into a golden-goal overtime period despite leading in shots (7-4) and corner kicks (12-6).
The host Owls were the only side to notch an offensive statistic in either of the 10-minute overtime periods, but neither side found the back of the net as the contest ended in a 0-0 draw after 110 minutes. Unable to come up with an overtime victory through its first four overtime matches of the season, the Herd now has a 0-3-2 record in overtime contests in the 2013 campaign.
Against Florida Atlantic, junior Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas) made his first start in the Marshall goal since Sept. 13 against Oakland. The Herd defense stood tall and allowed just one shot on goal on the night, which was saved by Atwell.
Now through four meetings in the series history, Marshall leads the all-time series over Florida Atlantic, 2-1-1.
Marshall will continue its three-match road swing as No. 5 Maryland will host the Herd on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md.