@HerdMSoccer Falls to Old Dominion
Herd’s next contest Oct. 28 versus UAB at Hoops Family Field
Box Score (PDF)
NORFOLK, Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision at Old Dominion Saturday night. The Thundering Herd fell to 6-7-1 and 2-4-0 in Conference USA. The Monarchs improved to 8-3-2 and 5-0 in conference action.
The Monarchs scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 84th minute. Marshall senior goalkeeper Nate Himes recorded a season-high eight saves in the match.
Old Dominion had the first three shots in the contest. Marshall broke through offensively in the 23rd minute as Chris Taibi and Jaime Izquierdo Roiz recorded consecutive shots. Lewis Knight had an opportunity in the 27th minute that was saved by Monarch’s goalkeeper Mertcan Akar.
Himes made a flurry of saves with seven of his eight coming in the second half, including three straight within a 90-second span. A foul on Marshall in the 84th minute allowed for Old Dominion to attempt the penalty kick. Sebastien Hauret converted the PK for his second goal of the season.
Marshall finished with six shots on goal with three coming from Pedro Dolabella.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
“Sometimes this season when we’ve lost, I’ve been very upset with our energy and effort. Not tonight. I thought, despite the loss, that we played well. That match could’ve gone either way, and both keepers did an excellent job tonight. Nate (Himes) in particular made some huge saves. He’ll be kicking himself for the PK, but really he can hold his head up high with that performance. He made three or four huge saves tonight.”
“There are definitely areas we can tweak. We can play a little faster, get more support to Lewis (Knight) up front, and penetrate more effectively. But, if we maintain that spirit and effort, we will win so many more matches than we lose. I’ve said to the lads that sometimes losses can be the catalyst for a lot of wins, and the foundation will be laid on that kind of work rate and effort.”
“We’ve got UAB in town on Saturday. If we win, we are in the conference tournament. It’s a huge match for us, and we hope to get as many fans out as we can to support us. Please join us on Saturday.”
Marshall comes back to Hoops Family Field for Senior Night on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The UAB Blazers will be in town for the Conference USA match.