Dawes' Second Half Hat Trick Leads Marshall to 4-1 Victory Over Belmont

Dawes scored three times as he returned home to Nashville

Dawes scored three times as he returned home to Nashville

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Sept. 4, 2009

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior Dustin Dawes (Nashville, Tenn.) netted three second half goals in front of his hometown crowd as he led the Thundering Herd to a decisive 4-1 victory over Belmont in the opening match of the Belmont Invitational. Dawes’ goals came in a nine minutes span.   


“Dustin was a man amongst men tonight,” Assistant Coach Thomas Olivier said. “He was by far the best player on the field and he took over in the second half.”


Marshall (1-1) registered its first win of the season, and looks to leave Nashville with a pair of wins as they take on Lipscomb in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. Lipscomb defeated Oral Roberts 1-0 in Friday’s first match.




 The Herd came from behind to defeat the Bruins as they trailed at halftime 1-0. Belmont’s Edgardo Padilla tallied the first goal of the contest in the 18th minute.


Senior defender Matt Dickerson (Warsaw, Ohio) scored the first collegiate goal of his career in the 74th minute to draw the two sides even at 1-1, as he found the loose ball in the box from a corner kick. Not even one minute later Dawes scored the game-winning goal, his first of the night.  He found the back of the net off a corner kick from freshman Ryan McLeod (Toronto, Ontario).


Dawes would add an insurance goal seven minutes later in the 81st minute. Freshman goalie Daniel Withrow (Rochester Hills, Mich.) had the assist as his long clearance found Dawes and he put the Herd ahead by two.


 He completed his first ever hat trick as a member of the Herd two minutes later as scored another goal off a corner kick and put Marshall comfortably ahead 4-1. Junior Matt Butler (Wolverhampton, England) had that assist.


The Herd outshot the Bruins 20-9 on the night.


Marshall plays The Bison on Sunday afternoon as the victorious team will leave Nashville with two wins. This will be the first ever meeting between the two Universities. GameTracker will be available by logging onto www.herdzone.com.