@HerdMSoccer Drops Regular Season Finale at Florida Atlantic
Herd enters the Conference USA Tournament as the sixth seed
Box Score (PDF)
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The Marshall men’s soccer team fell in its final regular season match, 2-1, in overtime at Florida Atlantic Saturday night. The Thundering Herd will be the sixth seed in next week’s Conference USA Tournament in Norfolk, Va., hosted by Old Dominion.
The first half was a back-and-forth battle with both teams just missing on some scoring opportunities. The Owls had five shots to Marshall’s four. Herd senior goalkeeper Nate Himes recorded two saves before the halftime break. The match was scoreless after the first 45 minutes.
Marshall went on the attack in the second half with eight total shots. The Herd finally broke through the scoreless slug fest when freshman Pedro Dolabella knocked in his fourth goal of the season in the 80th minute. However, just three minutes and nine seconds later the Owls tied the match.
In overtime, Florida Atlantic got the win in the 98th minute.
Himes finished the match with six total saves. The Herd had 13 total shots as freshman Daniel Edwards led with three, and one on goal.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
“It was a bit of a crazy game tonight, with a lot of good chances for both teams. It was FAU’s senior night and last match of the season, and they came out with nothing to lose and they threw everything at us. After the first 25 minutes it was all us, and we should’ve done better with our chances. If anything, I can take the blame for this one, as we maybe had our minds passed [Florida Atlantic] and on the conference tournament.”
“I feel for Carlos (Diaz-Salcedo), he’s unlucky to head that in his own net. He’s been outstanding for us all season, and has to be a candidate for player of the season for us. So one mistake won’t define him or his play this season. We just have to regroup and get our heads right for Wednesday.”
The Conference USA Tournament begins Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Norfolk, Va. FIU is the No. 1 seed followed by the host school Old Dominion (No. 2), Kentucky (No. 3), New Mexico (No. 4), Charlotte (No. 5), Marshall (No. 6) and South Carolina (No. 7).
Fans can follow all the action through the Conference USA Men’s Soccer Championship page.