Nov. 2, 2013
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – In its final road match of the season, the Marshall men’s soccer team suffered its second-straight shutout, while failing to win a road game in nine tries, in a 3-0 loss at Charlotte at Transamerica Field on Saturday night.
With the win, Charlotte extended its win streak to four matches as the 49ers are now 8-5-3 and 2-3-2 in its inaugural season in Conference USA. The loss drops the Thundering Herd to 2-10-6 overall this season, with a 0-5-3 mark in league play.
“I was proud of our guys tonight and I think Charlotte is the best team in the conference even though their record doesn’t show it,” coach Bob Gray said. “It is the same story as we haven’t been able to put one in the back of the net. It was a good effort on our part and the score really doesn’t indicate how close this one way”
The 49ers did not wait long to jump ahead of Marshall as Brandt Bronico headed home a cross inside of the box and inside the far post just 1:49 into the match, giving Charlotte a 1-0 advantage.
Holding onto its one-goal edge at the half, the 49ers led in shots (13-6), while being tied with the Herd in corner kicks (3-3) to show for the first 45 minutes of action.
With Marshall looking to climb back into the match in the second half, Charlotte slammed the door shut as Kyle Parker netted his ninth goal of the season off a deflection with a volley over junior goalie Danny Sellitti (Las Vegas, Nev.) in the 49th minute to make it 2-0 in favor of the 49ers.
The Herd had its chances at avoiding a shutout in the second half as a shot from freshman Felipe Thompson
(Santiago, Chile) hit the post in the 56th minute. An offensive attack for the Herd ended as Giuseppe Gentile put home a ball off of a deflection with a slide kick to extend the Charlotte lead to 3-0 in the 62nd minute.
Charlotte’s back line remained strong against Marshall for the remainder of the night to complete the shutout as the Herd fell to its sixth shutout in its last seven contests.
When the final whistle blew, Charlotte had recorded more shots (19-11), shots on goal (8-4) and corners (5-4) than Marshall to go with its three-goal win.
By taking the first meeting in history, Charlotte now leads the all-time series 1-0.
The Herd will complete its 2013 campaign at home against No. 10 UAB on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. The match will also serve as Senior Day for the five Marshall seniors.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMSoccer, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.