No. 2 Old Dominion Eliminates No. 6 @HerdMSoccer, 1-0
Himes finishes tournament with 13 total saves
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NORFOLK, Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team’s season ended Friday night in the semi-final round of the Conference USA Tournament. No. 6 Marshall fell 1-0 to No. 2 Old Dominion. The Monarchs will face No. 4 Charlotte in the Championship, Sunday Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.
Marshall ends the season with a record of 8-10-1. Old Dominion improved to 11-5-2.
“Tough loss,” Herd coach Chris Grassie said. “The match was there for the taking, we just didn’t finish our chances when we had them. But not one payer let me down tonight, and I’m proud of their effort and work rate. We just needed a little bit more to push us over the edge.”
The Monarchs got on the board in the ninth minute as Max Wilschrey was able to sneak a shot into the left corner of the net. Marshall came on the attack and had two opportunities in the 11th minute but just could not convert. Both teams combined for just four total shots in the first half.
Old Dominion came out firing in the second half with 11 shots and five on goal. However, senior goalkeeper Nate Himes was up to the task, recording five more saves to give him a total of 13 over the two matches. Marshall recorded six total shots with three on goal in the match.
“It’s a tough way to end the season, especially for the seniors,” coach Grassie said. “I thought seniors: Dion [Stergiotis], Jascha [Glueckschalt], Brayan [Lopez-Mendez], Adi [Dakwar], and Nate [Himes] all played well tonight.
“Personally, I appreciate the support I received from the senior class, and that includes Christian [Kershaw] who was injured tonight, Tatsuya [Takeuchi] and Myles [Newhouse]. They have done everything I’ve asked and helped me get my message across in this first year.
“Not the ending we all wanted, but definitely something to build from in years to come. If we can continue to do better in possession and keep this level of work rate, then the future will be bright, as we’ve shown we can compete with the best in the conference.”