@HerdMSoccer Starts C-USA Play Against Gamecocks

Junior Defender Matt Freeman (Irmo, SC) will return to South Carolina Friday to face the Gamecocks
Sept. 25, 2014

MARSHALL AT SOUTH CAROLINA
Friday, September 26, 8:30 p.m.
Columbia, S.C. | Gamecock Varsity Soccer Field
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. --
The Thundering Herd Men's Soccer team (1-3-2) will travel to Columbia, S.C. on Friday, Sept. 26 to take on the University of South Carolina (4-3-0) at 8:30 p.m. for its first Conference USA match in 2014.


 

 

HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd placed second at the Aces ProRehab Classic in Evansville, Ind. After losing the first game of the Classic to Bradley, 4-0, the Herd was able to turn things around and win 1-0 over host Evansville in the final game of the tournament, giving Marshall its first win of the season. A 38th minute goal by Sophomore Daniel Jodah (Mississauga, Ontario) was enough to lift the Herd to its first victory of 2014 right before C-USA action. Sophomore midfielder Ryan Forde (London, England), Junior midfielder Nick Edginton (Wellington, New Zealand) and Junior defender Connor Marino (Hopewell, NJ) were named to the ProRehab All-Tournament team.

SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina improved to a 4-3-0 record after its Tuesday night 2-1 win over UNC Greensboro. The Gamecocks have a record of 4-1 at home heading into the Friday match against the Herd. Kurtis Turner and Ive Burnett lead the team with two goals apiece.

South Carolina has scored 9 goals off of 102 shots. In contrast, the Herd has just 67 shots and three goals.

Last season's result was a 0-0 tie after two overtime periods in Huntington.

THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray on South Carolina Game

"South Carolina is a quality team and always has been. They got off to a really good start. Their coach and I go way back. They have great facilities, some of the best in the nation."

"Having our first Conference USA game on the road will be difficult, but we have some momentum now after finally getting that good win against Evansville. Our motto is to fight and try to compete for a win or draw, because a point on the road to start out with would really help us out."

HE'S PRETTY GOOD, EH?

Sophomore Midfielder Daniel Jodah (Mississauga, Ontario) scored his first career Marshall goal and first game winning goal against Evansville Sept. 21. Jodah tallied four assists last season as a true freshman.

ROAD WARRIORS

Marshall has played just one true road game coming into the South Carolina match, beating Evansville 1-0 in the final match of the Aces ProRehab Classic.

YOUNG GUNS
Nine Marshall newcomers have started a game this season, with a total of 27 starts combined. Freshman Christian Kershaw (Severna Park, MD) has started all six games for the Herd this season, while defender Cory Shimensky (Kent, OH) has started five of six matches.

LET'S GET SOCIAL
Keep up with the latest news about Herd soccer by "liking" the team's official Facebook page: "Marshall University Soccer." For live in-match updates and news, follow @HerdMSoccer on Twitter. Want to see photos and behind-the-scenes action? Give @HerdZone a follow on Instagram.

NEXT UP

The Herd will play Saint Francis on the road on Oct. 1 at 7:00 p.m. before returning home Oct. 4 to take on Florida Atlantic at 7:00 p.m.