Men's Soccer Pulls Out 2-1 Win Over FAU To Take UCF Tournament.
ORLANDO, Fla. - For the second straight game, sophomore Karim Boukhemis (Huntington, WV) scored a goal in double overtime to give the Herd a 2-1 win over Florida Atlantic University. With the win, the Herd won the University of Central Florida Tournament.
Boukhemis scored just over a minute into the second overtime to give Marshall (2-2) the victory.
"This is great for our team," Herd Coach Bob Gray said. "It was another great team effort, our guys were a little sluggish in the first half after Friday night, but we pulled together and got some help off of the bench to pull off the win."
Marshall got off to a slow start, still fatigued from Friday night's double overtime. They were outshot, 6-3 in the first half. Florida Atlantic struck first in the 53rd minute when Bjorn Totland scored from 45 yards out on a free kick.
The Herd did not give up and fought hard in the second half. Their efforts were rewarded when Jonathan Buxton (Virginia Beach, VA) scored on a rebound with less than three minutes left in the game to tie it up.
As was the case on Friday, the teams went scoreless in the first overtime and needed a second OT to settle the score. Boukhemis did just that for the second straight game, scoring in the 112th minute to give the Herd the win and also give them the big tournament victory. Boukhemis scored the game winner on a break away.
Today's win was also a full team effort as all parts of the team made a significant contribution. The offense and defense did what they needed to do and got help from the bench. Sophomore Greg Terhune (Indianapolis, IN) got his first collegiate start and was strong, making two saves and holding FAU to one goal.
For the second straight game, the Herd was outshot, but managed to pull out the win. FAU registered 11 shots and held MU to eight.
Marshall rebounded extremely well from the opening weekend at the Virginia Soccer Classic and Coach Gray knows how important this weekend was to give the team momentum for the rest of the season. "This is a sweet win, it has been a while since we took a tournament, I think playing tough competition the first two weeks was very important," Gray said. "In four games this season, we played four teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last year, we beat two of them, so that shows the direction our program is going in."
Up next for the Herd is West Virginia. Last season, WVU pulled off a 1-0 win in overtime. The teams will square off in Morgantown on Wednesday night. The Herd will open the home season on Saturday, September 18 against Cleveland State at 2 p.m., admission to all home games is free.