Nov. 5, 2011
Final Stats (PDF)
ORLANDO, Fla.- The Thundering Herd men’s soccer team fell 2-0 to the UCF Golden Knights on Saturday evening, surrendering third place to the Florida team and condemning itself to the fourth seed in the upcoming Conference USA tournament.
A pair of second half goals was enough for the Knights to claim victory over the Herd, as they struck in the 49th and 62nd minutes to drop Marshall’s conference record to 4-3-1 for the year. The defeat also means Marshall will finish at 8-7-1 to conclude the regular season, and its 12 points in conference play mean the Herd finishes the season standings in 4th place by virtue of a superior conference goal differential over SMU.
UCF’s goals came via a 40-yard bomb from Kevan George and a penalty kick from Nik Robson, as the Golden Knights outshot the Herd 9-3 in a defensive encounter. Goalkeeper Daniel Withrow made 5 saves on the night for Marshall, while UCF’s keeper, Sebastian Evers, was not required to make any stops as the Herd failed to register a shot on goal through the 90-minute match.
Marshall will now return home only to leave the next day as it heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the C-USA Men’s Soccer Championship. The team will play No. 5 seeded SMU, who it tied 1-1 earlier this year, at 6:00 p.m. on November 9, in the tournament’s opening match.
C-USA Men’s Soccer Championship
*Game 1: Seed 4 vs. Seed 5 - 6 p.m.
*Game 2: Seed 3 vs. Seed 6 - 8:30 p.m.
*Game 3: Seed 1 vs. Winner Game 1 - 6 p.m.
*Game 4: Seed 2 vs. Winner Game 2 - 8:30 p.m.
^Game 5: Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4 - 2 p.m.
^CBS College Sports
*C-USA Digital Network