Men's Soccer Cruises in Opener of FIU Classic, Defeats UCF 4-1
Miami, Fla.—Byron Carmichael and Robert Ngumire each recorded a goal and an assist as Marshall dominated UCF, 4-1, in the opening round of the Florida International University Soccer Classic. The Thundering Herd raised their season record to 5-1 while handing the Golden Knights
(4-1) their first loss.
“We played extremely well,” head coach Bob Gray said. “It was a great win for our team and a tremendous start to the tournament. Hopefully, our quality of play will continue Sunday.”
Marshall, who controlled both sides of the field, took a 1-0 lead at the half. Carmichael’s shot just to the right of the net was deflected by UCF goalkeeper Juuso Heikurainen but settled by Ngumire who converted from five yards out into an open net in the 24th minute.
The Thundering Herd, who outshot UCF, 13-5, in the first half could have had more, if not for the seven saves by Heikurainen. On the match, Marshall had 20 shots versus 10 by UCF.
Carmichael made amends in the second half, tallying his 10th goal of the season on an unassisted goal in the 49th minute. The Lumberton, N.J. junior,who currently leads the MAC in goals, needs only two more to break Marshall’s career record of 39 held by Andy Zulauf (1981-1985).
UCF’s Tobias Kronberger was whistled with a red card at 49:16 forcing UCF to play a man short for the duration. Marshall took advantage on goals by Steve and Dave Spaulding, for a 4-0 lead.
UCF’s John Sobczak put the Knights on the board when he took a pass through the defense and beat the Herd’s goalkeeper, Jeremy Williams, with 1:33 remaining in the match.
Marshall and UCF continue play in the FIU Classic Sunday, when the Knights take on IUPUI (3-1) at 11:00 a.m. followed by Marshall against host Florida International (0-3) immediately after.