@HerdMSoccer Douses Blazers 2-1 in Double Overtime
Senior Adi Dakwar hits game-winner with 17 seconds left
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – On a cold and wet senior night at Hoops Family Field, the Marshall men’s soccer team pulled out a double overtime victory, 2-1, over the UAB Blazers Saturday night. Senior Adi Dakwar hit the game-winner with 17 seconds remaining. The win guarantees the Thundering Herd a spot in the Conference USA Tournament.
Marshall improved to 7-7-1 and 3-4-0 in conference play. UAB fell to 5-6-4 and 1-5-1 in conference.
The Herd dominated possession and scoring opportunities in the first half. Marshall outshot the Blazers 10-3 and 6-0 in shots on goal. UAB’s goalkeeper James Teal was tested early and stonewalled the Herd until junior John Pappas broke through, punching one in off a UAB deflection in the 41st minute. For Pappas it was his first goal of the season.
UAB came out firing in the second half with 13 shots and seven on goal. Marshall mustered just three shots with one on goal. The Blazers hit the equalizer in the 76th minute when Joseph Buete knocked in a deflection. The two teams battled, showing a lot of urgency through the final 15 minutes and 30 seconds of regulation.
The first overtime period was tightly contested as both teams had opportunities. UAB recorded three shots while Marshall had two. Marshall senior goalkeeper Nate Himes mad a great save just one minute and 16 seconds into the extra period. Teal then stopped a header by the Herd’s Pedro Dolabella in the 99th minute.
UAB was on the attack again in the second overtime, maintaining much of the possession and recording four shots, two on goal. Marshall freshman Lewis Knight had a chance in the 105th minute with a header that went just wide. Himes came up with his ninth save of the night in the 109th minute and quickly got the ball back to his team. Senior Cory Shimensky sent a long pass downfield to Dakwar, who shielded off a defender, made a quick turn to the left side of the box and sent in a shot to the right passed Teal for the game-winner. Seventeen seconds remained on the clock. It was Dakwar’s second goal of the season.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
On the performance…
This was an excellent win for us tonight. I’m happy this was in overtime. We needed some extra fitness, so we got it. It’s a good way to send the seniors off. I told the freshmen and sophomores who were playing at the same positions that seniors would be playing to honor them by doing their job and they did tonight. Great team victory tonight and a spectacular goal by Adi Dakwar.
On Adi Dakwar’s game-winning goal that secured the Herd’s spot in the Conference USA tournament…
Cory Shimensky played a great ball over the top and the defender tried to shield it out, but Adi was able to outmuscle the defender and had a great finish. That’s a Premier League class finish right there. We were going to have a goal of the season competition, but that’s over after seeing this finish.
On the final two opponents of the regular season…
We’d like to get two more wins, but we’ll settle for a win and a draw. Akron is a fabulous team, a top-10 team in the country. They possess the ball and move it really well, so we’ll have to be on our toes. We probably haven’t played a better team than that all season. FAU has struggled a bit this season, but they’re still dangerous.
Marshall hits the road Wednesday, Nov. 1, at No. 9 Akron. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Herd’s final Conference USA match of the regular season is in Boca Raton, Fla., against Florida Atlantic. The regular season finale is set for Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m.