Oct. 15, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall men’s soccer team (6-8-0, 1-3-0 C-USA) lost to the FIU Panthers (4-6-2, 2-2-1), 2-1, in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Hoops Family Field.
Junior Brayan Lopez-Mendez scored the lone goal for the Herd in the 30th minute. The goal was the second of the season for Lopez-Mendez. Senior Daniel Jodah assisted on the goal. Freshman Trevor Clemens made one save in the loss.
FIU took the first shot of the game five minutes in, but the Herd controlled possession for the majority of the first half. Jodah took a shot seven minutes in but it went wide. Senior Arthur Duchesne took the first shot on goal for either team in the 12th minute but FIU goalkeeper Arthur Clapot managed made the save. A pair of shots from FIU’s Paul Marie were missed but Luca Giovine put the Panthers on the board with a header that beat Clemens in the 20th minute. FIU’s lead would only last ten minutes as Jodah found an open Lopez-Mendez who tapped in a cross to even the score for the Herd. Jodah had another shot sail high on him in the 31st minute. That shot proved to be the last for either team in the first half as the teams remained tied at one at the half.
The Herd continued to control much of the possession in the second half but both teams created good opportunities. Sophomore John Pappas took a shot in the 50th minute that went high. Freshman Alex Reyes took a shot that sailed over the crossbar six minutes later. Pappas took the first Herd corner kick of the match in the 64th minute. FIU created more chances but the Panthers were called offside on a pair of plays in the final ten minutes of the second half. Andrew Booth’s shot for FIU in the last minute of play in the half was stopped by Clemens. The teams remained tied at one at the end of regulation.
FIU controlled possession for the majority of the overtime periods. FIU took a pair of shots in the first overtime period but neither were on target. Lopez-Mendez had a shot saved by Clapot in the final minute of the period. The Panthers started the second overtime period with a shot from Ismael Longo that went high. Sophomore Chris Taibi took another shot for the Herd that went high in the 103rd minute. Reyes had a shot blocked just two minutes later. After a yellow card was issued to the FIU bench, senior Tommy Trupo had his shot go just past the left post for the Herd. Less than two minutes later, Luis Betancur scored the game-winner for FIU on a breakaway with 14 seconds left on the clock.
Assistant Coach Thomas Olivier:
“Our conference is so darn tough that every game is a grind whether it is home or away. We did not do a bad job overall, it is just tough to lose to a team that has three shots on goal the whole game. Two of their chances go in, and that’s just soccer, soccer can be cruel.”
“We just have to do a little bit better in certain areas, and we have to shore a few areas up. We need to come together and respond.”
“It is not a collapse by any means, we are all very disappointed having lost in overtime, guys are frustrated with the result but we have to move on, and get back on the horse. We have a tough task ahead of us in New Mexico which is always tough place to play.”
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The Herd will be back on the road to take on a top 25 team in Conference USA opponent New Mexico. The match is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 with a 3 p.m. eastern kickoff.