Men's Soccer Falls to No. 29 Old Dominion, 3-0|
Oct. 23, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Back on the road to continue Conference USA play, the Marshall men’s soccer team fell short to C-USA newcomer and No. 29 Old Dominion by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday night at ODU Soccer Complex.
The Thundering Herd falls to 2-8-5 on the year overall and 0-3-2 in league play, while the Monarchs improve to 8-3-1 on the year with a 5-1-0 mark in conference play.
“We actually played very well through the first 60 minutes of the game with the exception of allowing a silly goal just before the end of the first half,” coach Bob Gray said. “We missed a couple of really good chances and we had a real good look at the start of the second half, which is difficult, but it is just the way our season has gone.”
Hanging tough through the first 41 minutes of competition, the Herd back line was unable to do so in the 42nd minute as Old Dominion took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Ryan Condotta inside the near post.
With Old Dominion taking a 1-0 lead into the half, the Monarchs led in shots (10-3) and corner kicks (4-1) to account for the first-half score.
The Marshall defense regrouped as the offense looked to equalize the match in the second half, but was unable to as the Monarchs struck again, this time in the 75th minute as Ivan Militar took a lead pass and placed it in the left side of the Herd goal, past junior goalkeeper Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas), giving ODU a two-goal cushion.
A backbreaking score came in the 89th minute of play as Jesse Miralrio scored his first of the day for the Monarchs to put Marshall in an insurmountable deficit with the score at 3-0.
Having come in the 34th minute, the Marshall goal broke a scoreless streak that had ended at 418:21 as the last Herd goal came against New Mexico (Sept. 30). The score also gave Marshall its first lead since Sept. 17 against VMI.
In search of its first road and C-USA victories, Marshall remains in pursuit of both as the 90-minute whistle blew and the Monarchs took the match, 3-0. The Herd has now been shutout in four of its last five matches, dating back to Oct. 6.
The home side ended the contest leading in shots (22-5), corner kicks (6-2) and shots on goal (8-2) against the Herd in a contest that saw four yellow cards between the two teams and just 13 total fouls.
“They are a very good team and based on who we have played thus far I think they are the best team we have played in the conference,” said Gray.
With ODU having taken the second all-time meeting between the two sides on Wednesday night, the Monarchs now lead the series 2-0-0 with a combined goal advantage of 5-1.
Marshall returns home to Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex to face Tulsa in C-USA play on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m.