Oct. 15, 2013
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Stepping out of Conference USA play for the final time of the 2013 regular season, the Marshall men’s soccer team suffered a 5-0 shutout to No. 4 Maryland on Tuesday at Ludwig Field.
The loss drops the Thundering Herd to 2-7-4 overall, while Marshall’s conference record remains at 0-2-1. Fourth-ranked Maryland improves to 6-2-5 on the year, with the Terrapins remaining 4-0-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Facing ranked opponents has become quite common for the Herd as Marshall has now faced three top-25 teams this season, with the Herd now 0-3-0 in those contests. As of the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings, Marshall is set to take on two more ranked foes before the year ends with both contests to take place at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Maryland got to work early on with three shots on goal, all of which were saved by junior goalkeeper Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas) in the first 15 minutes of play.
The Terrapins would not wait long to take the lead as Dan Metzger scored on a shot that was rocketed from 35 yards out and past Atwell to put Maryland up 1-0 in the 19th minute.
A Marshall penalty in the box just 2:49 after the first goal put the Terps in prime scoring position with a penalty kick from 12 yards out. Maryland striker Patrick Mullins stepped to the spot at the 22-minute mark and drained his ninth goal of the season, giving Maryland a 2-0 advantage.
With Maryland’s defense continuing to limit the Marshall attack, the Herd did not record a shot until the 28th minute when junior Connor Marino (Hopewell, N.J.) recorded the first shot of the match for Marshall.
With Marshall positioned to head into half time with a two-goal deficit, the margin widened with merely 28 seconds until the break. David Kabelik was the Maryland goal scorer who made it 3-0 in favor of the Terps.
Heading into the half, the Herd had just one shot and no shots on goal through the first 45 minutes of play to go along with zero goals. Maryland recorded more shots (10-1) and shots on goal (6-0) than Marshall in the first half.
The Herd recorded its first shot on goal of the match in the 47th minute when senior co-captain Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) ripped a shot that was saved by Maryland goalie Zach Steffen. Unfortunately for Marshall, that was one of the best scoring opportunities of the 90-minute match as the Maryland defense kept the Herd’s offense in check.
Maryland was not done on the offensive end as the Terps made it 4-0 as Mullins scored his second goal of the night, with this one having come on a header off of a cross from eight yards out in the 71st minute.
At the 78-minute mark, junior transfer Danny Sellitti (Las Vegas, Nev.) entered the game for Marshall to tend goal in place of Atwell.
The night’s scoring came to an end in the 87th minute when Maryland scored on another header, this time from Ryan Reid, to make it 5-0 before the whistle blew and the game went final.
Along with having outscored Marshall, Maryland led the two sides in shots (16-6), shots on goal (9-4) and corner kicks (5-2).
With the Herd having been held scoreless in each of its last three contests, Marshall hasn’t been able to record a goal in 345:05 of play. The last Herd goal came in the 34th minute against then-No. 25 New Mexico (Sept. 30).
The Terps now lead the all-time series against Marshall 3-0-0. Maryland has yet to allow a goal by the Herd in three meetings between the programs, with the Terps having outscored Marshall 15-0 in those contests.
Marshall closed out its three-match road swing with a 0-2-1 record in a trip that began in south Florida on Oct. 6.
Marshall will return home to Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex for a C-USA contest with South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The Herd has posted a 2-2-2 record at home through its first six contests in the short history of the stadium.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMSoccer, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.