Marshall's Top 10 Moments of 2011-12: #9
Tom Jackson scores back-to-back hattricks
June 13, 2012
As the 2011-2012 Marshall athletics season comes to a close, HerdZone.com is taking a look back at some of the top moments of the past year. Several exciting moments took place for Marshall during the most recent season, and we did our best to select the top 10 noteworthy moments.
Here is an overview of the No. 9 moment of 2011-12 for Marshall Athletics:
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University men’s soccer team began the 2011 season in a 0-4 hole after failing to score a goal and suffering losses in its first four matches of the fall. Junior Tom Jackson, though, hauled them from the depths with the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Michigan State that returned the Thundering Herd to winning ways and revived a season that was seemingly lost.
What the Dunedin, New Zealand, native did in the games thereafter, though, was even more impressive. After a 3-1 win against Oakland moved the Herd to 2-4, Jackson scored a hattrick against the visiting Winthrop Eagles as Marshall cruised to a 4-0 victory. The junior forward’s goals arrived in the 20th, 50th, and 62nd minutes and showed no mercy to the visiting side. The All-Conference player then perfected his masterclass with a smooth assist to Carl Munday as Marshall won 4-0.
After a 2-1 win saw the Herd draw level at a .500 record for the season, Jackson and the squad returned to Sam Hood Field to face Conference USA foe Memphis and leading goalscorer Mark Sherrod. Facing a fellow top-scorer, Jackson outshone his offensive counterpart with his second consecutive home hattrick in a 3-0 Marshall win. The New Zealander’s first two goals arrived less than a minute apart, as the offensive menace scored in the 32nd and 33rd minutes to give Marshall a 2-0 advantage heading into the second half. Jackson then put the figurative icing on the cake with a crucial third goal in the 83rd minute as the Herd cruised to a vital win over its C-USA opposition.
Aside from moving the Herd to a 2-0 C-USA record, the win also pushed Marshall above .500 to a 5-4 record. Jackson’s back-to-back hattricks at home had inspired the Herd on its road to recovery and rejuvenated a team that appeared left-for-dead early in the season. Arriving at the frontend of an eight-game unbeaten streak, Jackson’s six-goal effort helped him lead the Marshall squad to its second C-USA Tournament appearance in three seasons. The Marshall junior finished the year with 10 goals and earned a place on the C-USA Second Team.