Oct. 18, 2009
ORLANDO, Fla. - A second half goal from Central Florida's Yaron Bacher proved to be the difference as the Herd men's soccer team fell 1-0 Sunday afternoon at the CUF Soccer Complex, and dropped its first Conference USA match of the season.
"It was a winnable game for us today," head coach Bob Gray said. "But UCF stepped it up in the second half. They needed a win to get back into the conference race and they got it today."
Marshall drops to 7-5-1 on the season and 3-1-0 in C-USA action. The Thundering Herd sits in third place with nine points, trailing Tulsa and UAB, which are one point ahead with 10. MU has four conference games left, with three coming at home and just one on the road.
Bacher sealed the win when his shot from outside the 18-yard box ricocheted off the post and into the back of the net. The Knights outshot the Herd 13-12 but Marshall supplied most of the pressure as it had five corner kicks against the Knights one.
"This loss is not the end of the world," Gray said. "We just have to regroup for our game on Wednesday against Memphis."
Each of MU's remaining opponents, which includes the first, second and fourth place teams in the conference, possesses a winning record. With C-USA shrinking to just four teams qualifying for the conference tournament, the Herd will face its toughest competition down the stretch.
Along with Memphis on Wednesday, MU plays Tulsa, South Carolina and UAB.
This afternoon's game against the Knights will be shown on tape delay Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The match will air on CBS College Sports.
The Herd and the Tigers share the pitch on Wednesday with kickoff at Sam Hood field set for 7 p.m.