Men's Soccer to Open `The Vet' on Friday|
Aug 22, 2013
Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Huntington, W.Va. – The culmination of two years of construction and $8 million that resulted in Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex will first be witnessed by the public on Friday, Aug. 23 as the Marshall men’s soccer team takes on a team of Marshall alumni.
“The stadium is absolutely amazing, done first class and what it’s going to give us, besides the obvious in recruiting is it’s going to develop a very professional attitude both within the team and the staff,” Marshall Head Coach Bob Gray said. “It’s going to be a lot more healthy soccer atmosphere.”
Coming off of a 4-1 exhibition defeat at No. 8 Akron (Aug. 20), Marshall will look to build from the experience of playing against a team that made its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament round of 16 appearance in 2012. The Zips won the 2010 national championship.
With the lone Marshall goal by freshman Daniel Jodah on a strike from 30 yards out, Coach Bob Gray got to see the talent and potential to be found in his youngest team during his 19-year tenure at Marshall. Fifteen of the 28 roster spots are filled by freshmen.
The second game of the doubleheader is the regular-season opener for Marshall women’s soccer as the Herd faces n Campbell at 7:30 p.m. A field dedication ceremony presentation will take place at the conclusion of the men’s alumni game.
With the Friday festivities being based mostly around the tradition and history of the Marshall men’s program, the 2013 Herd squad will be able to interact with the past of Marshall men’s soccer in the flesh.
Eighty-five alumni will be on hand for the exhibition contest with the graduation dates of attendees ranging from 1982-2011. Byron Carmichael (1999-2002), who holds the Marshall record for career goals with 58, will be one of the notable alumni on hand. Carmichael also holds the Marshall records for goals in a season with 18 and points in a season with 41. Record-setter Andy Zulaf (1981-85) also will be in attendance on Friday as he tops the Marshall career assists ranks with 27.
In 2012, Marshall started off hot with a 10-1-1 mark, but the Herd struggled down the stretch by dropping four of its last five matches to finish 11-5-1 and one win shy of the six-team C-USA Tournament field.
The exhibition will be a final chance for Gray to see his young team in action before they start the regular season on Friday, Aug. 30 at Appalachian State.
In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.