@HerdMSoccer Shuts Out No. 21 Kentucky, 1-0
Freshman Knight scored his ninth goal of the season
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team continued their 2017 campaign with an upset win over No. 21 Kentucky Saturday afternoon, 1-0. Freshman Lewis Knight scored his ninth goal of the season to secure the conference victory for Marshall.
The Thundering Herd improved to 6-5-1 and 2-3-0 in Conference USA play. Kentucky falls to 7-4-2 and 4-2-0 in conference action.
In the first half, both teams managed to stifle the other offensively. Freshman Jaime Izquierdo-Roiz had the Herd’s best chance of the half, after a brilliant one touch passing combination with Knight, Roiz slotted the ball just wide of the left goal post. Six minutes later, Knight had another opportunity to give the Herd the lead on the break, but the shot was too square and stopped by Kentucky’s Enrique Facusse. At the end of the half, Kentucky had a commanding lead in corner kicks, 6-2. Marshall held the advantage in shots, 4-2.
After the break, the Thundering Herd got the offense going quickly as Knight found some room inside the box in the 50th minute but his attempt again sailed wide. Knight finally broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute, after a long cross into the box from freshman Jamil Roberts. The goal was Knight’s ninth of the season and the assist was Roberts’ first of the season. Senior goalkeeper Nate Himes saved the Herd’s one goal lead in the 89th minute of the contest after two crucial saves on the goal line. Himes stopped all five Kentucky shots and earned his second shutout of the season.
The Wildcats finished the game with nine total shots and 10 corner kicks. Marshall collected 11 shots, Knight lead the way for the Herd with five of his own, three of which were on target.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
"Today we were very disciplined and energetic. We work very well as a unit. Unlike last Saturday, when we were poor defensively, we saw the true Marshall team today. Every single player today defended with pride, and in turn I was proud of them."
"On the attack, we did very well on the ball and played the game in areas we wanted to. Lewis (Knight) doesn't score many headers, but that was a beauty after Jamil (Roberts) skinned his man and got in a great cross. To a man, we deserved this today. We know we are better than our record shows, and this result didn't feel like an upset. It felt like us playing to our potential."
Marshall men’s soccer will be back in action this upcoming Tuesday against Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.