@HerdMSoccer Begins C-USA Action at No. 19 Charlotte
Kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.
CHARLOTTE – The Marshall men’s soccer team begins Conference USA action on Saturday at No. 19 Charlotte. Kickoff from Transamerica Field is set for 7 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd enters the match with a 3-1 record. Marshall split its first two matches at home with a 3-0 win over UNC Asheville and then a 1-0 loss to Evansville. The Herd then went on the road and took victories at Duquesne (3-1) and Robert Morris (2-1). Freshman Lewis Knight scored three goals in the two road wins and has five in the early part of the season to lead the team. Knight also ranks among the nation’s leaders as he is tied for 8th in the NCAA in goals per game with 1.25 and is tied for most goals scored overall.
Freshman Pedro Dolabella scored his first career goal with 59 second remaining in regulation for the game-winner at Robert Morris. The Herd scored first in the 12th minute as Knight knocked in his fifth goal of the season. Marshall held the one goal lead until the 82nd minute when the Colonials hit the equalizer. Just after the announcement of one minute remaining, Dolabella headed in a rebound to give the Herd the lead and eventually the win.
Junior goalkeeper Ben Martinez started the first two matches and has a record of 1-1 with four saves and one goal allowed. Senior keeper Nate Himes has started the past two matches, is 2-0 and has eight saves with two goals allowed. The defense has been strong in the early part of the year as senior Jachsa Glueckschalt, juniors Chris Taibi and John Pappas as well as sophomores Illal Osmanu and Carlos Diaz-Salcedo have been instrumental in taking away opponents opportunities and getting back on the attacking end. Marshall has outshot its competition 60-40 and 29-15 in shots on goal.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Charlotte is ranked No. 19 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll and is 1-1 with a season-opening win over Winthrop (1-0) and then a loss on Tuesday at Coastal Carolina (3-2). The 49ers had a Sept. 1 match at UCF canceled. Charlotte was picked to finish first in the C-USA Preseason coaches’ poll receiving four first place votes. New Mexico and FIU both received two first place votes and UAB had one.
Senior Marco Sunol-Rojas scored both goals in the loss to Coastal Carolina. He scored in the 17th minute to give Charlotte the lead and then again with two minutes left to cut the deficit to one goal. Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Elliot Panicco, who was selected to the C-USA All-Preseason team, has played all 180 minutes in goal with four saves and three goals allowed.
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