Sep 5, 2013
MATCH 1: Marshall at Wright State | Friday, Sept. 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Site: Alumni Field
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MATCH 2: Marshall at Cleveland State | Sunday, Sept. 8 – 1 p.m.
Site: Krenzler Field
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After picking up one point through its first two 2013 matches, the Marshall men’s soccer team (0-1-1) will hit the road again, this time to take on Wright State (0-0-0) on Friday, Sept. 6, and Cleveland State (1-2-0) on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The two matches in Ohio will wrap up a four-game Thundering Herd road start to the season that began in North Carolina with games at Appalachian State (Aug. 30) and Davidson (Sept. 1).
In the opener for the 34th season of Marshall men’s soccer, the Herd finished with a scoreless draw through 110 minutes against Appalachian in a contest that went into double overtime. Against Davidson, Marshall fell behind early 2-0 on as a result of two goals from the Wildcats in the first five minutes of the game, which had a lightning-delayed start.
Struggling on the offensive end through the first 200 minutes of the year, the Herd is 0-for-29 on goals-shot attempts. Despite having recorded more shots (29-25) and corner kicks (14-11) than opponents through the first two games, Marshall will look to keep the trend going while adding goals to the offense.
Having taken the role of the primary Marshall goalkeeper through the first two games of the season, Danny Sellitti (Las Vegas) ranks fourth in Conference USA in save percentage (.778), third in saves per game (3.50) and fifth in goals against average (0.90).
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Selected to finish sixth out of eight teams in a poll by the Horizon League’s head coaches, Wright State returns 2012 Horizon Newcomer of the Year and first-team selection Brett Elder. Also back for the Raiders is All-Horizon League second-team selection Derek Zuniga.
The Raiders will be playing their season opener on Sunday against Marshall. The originally scheduled opener, against Kentucky (Aug. 30), was postponed as a result of a power outage in the facility.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Entering 2013, Cleveland State was voted the preseason favorite for the year in the Horizon League Coaches Poll. The Vikings enter the weekend with a 1-2 record, having downed in double-overtime along with falling to Oregon State and No. 7 Louisville.
Cleveland State finished second in the Horizon League in 2012 before winning the tournament championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Vikings return two first-team All-League performers last season in seniors Aslinn Rodas and Admir Suljevic. Also back for the Vikings is second-team selection Zach Ellis-Hayden and All-Newcomer teamers Danilo Radjen and Alfonso Sandoval.
The Herd will look to even the series history with Wright State. Through 11 meetings, the Raiders hold a 6-5-0 advantage over Marshall. The two sides last met in the 2012 season opener, which Marshall won 2-0 in Charleston, W.Va. Neither squad has won consecutive games in the series since Marshall took two straight during the 1998 and 2000 seasons.
Marshall holds a commanding 6-1-0 edge in its series with Cleveland State. The Herd is riding a four-match win streak against the Vikings that began in 2003. The last time Marshall faced the Vikings was in 2006 when the Herd won 1-0 in Charleston, W.Va.
In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.