Oct. 18, 2006
Marshall-Kentucky Box Score
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men's soccer team ended its 2006 home schedule with a 1-1 tie against No. 17 Kentucky in front of a raucous crowd of 787 at Sam Hood Field. The two teams played through two overtime sessions but neither team was able to break the deadlock.
"It was a tale of two halves for us," Marshall head coach Bob Gray said. "It felt like we were a cat with nine lives in the first half, and we dodged a lot of bullets. We made some adjustments at halftime and I'm proud of the way our guys gutted it out. I felt like we had a great chance to win in the second half. We've played the No. 11 and 17 teams in the country the last two games and we have stood toe to toe with both of them."
After a scoreless first half, the Thundering Herd (4-7-2, 1-3-1 C-USA) broke into the scoring column in the 61st minute. After a Herd throw in, Kolby LaCrone (So., Zanesville, Ohio) headed the ball in the box and Brandon Lacko (So., Westerville, Ohio) broke free and headed a shot for a goal. The goal was Lacko's first career score, while LaCrone posted his second assist in as many contests.
Kentucky (9-4-2, 2-2-1) evened the score in the 76th minute. Michael D'Agostino was pulled down in the box and awarded a penalty kick, and then beat Marshall goalkeeper Brad Kennedy (Jr., Lewisburg, W.Va.) to tie the game at one. Both teams had golden opportunities in the final 14 minutes of regulation, as well as during the overtime sessions, but were unable to finish.
Kentucky held a commanding 30-14 edge in shots, including a 17-2 advantage in the first half. The Wildcats also held an 8-2 lead in shots on goal. Kentucky had three balls hit the crossbar in the first half.
Outside of Lacko's shot that led to a goal, Marshall's only other shot on goal came in double overtime when Dana Heimbecker (So., Niagara Falls, Ontario) ripped a low bending shot that Kentucky goalkeeper Dan Williams dove to his right to corral.
Kennedy was stellar in net once again for Marshall. The reigning Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week had seven saves but also had several diving stops to thwart Wildcat opportunities. Kennedy has surrendered just two goals this season in 311 minutes and both goals are on penalty kicks.
Prior to the contest, Marshall celebrated its Senior Night for its six departing seniors - Karim Boukhemis, Clayton Cochrane, Shintaro Inagaki, Scott Letts, Michael MacDonald and Greg Terhune.
Marshall has a week off before it travels to Memphis for an 8 p.m. Oct. 25 contest.