@HerdMSoccer Visits Fort Wayne
Kickoff from Hefner Soccer Complex set for 5 p.m.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Marshall men’s soccer team is on the road again this week to take on the Fort Wayne Mastodons on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 5-2-1 while Fort Wayne is 2-5-3.
Marshall leads the all-time series 2-0. The only times the two teams have met was in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2012 and in Huntington in 2013. The Herd took both by a score of 1-0.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall recorded its first draw of the season at Northern Kentucky this past week. The Herd and the Norse played to the 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of action. Senior Brayan Lopez-Mendez scored his first goal of the season on a penalty kick in the fifth minute to give Marshall the early lead. NKU tied the match in the 38th minute. Two minutes and 53 seconds later, freshman Pedro Dolabella scored his third goal of the season on a header to give the Herd the lead at 2-1. The Norse tied the match again in the 55th minute and the game remained deadlocked at 2-2 for the final 55 minutes and six seconds.
Head coach Chris Grassie has Marshall playing an up-tempo, attacking style as the Herd has outshot its opponents 116-67 this season and 57-24 in shots on goal. Marshall has outscored the opposition 15-7 through the first eight games of the year. The freshmen trio of Lewis Knight, Dolabella and Jaime Izquierdo Roiz have been lighting up the scoreboard for the Herd with 12 of the team’s goals. Knight is among the nation’s leaders in goals (7), goals per game (.88) and points (16). Seniors Lopez-Mendez and Adi Dakwar as well as freshman Jamil Roberts have scored the Herd’s other three goals.
Senior Dion Stergiotis leads the squad with four assists. Junior John Pappas, sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo and Knight all have two assists each.
In the net, freshman Kyle Winquist had his first action of the season at Northern Kentucky coming in for an injured Nate Himes. Himes, a senior, has a record of 4-1 with 13 saves and just four goals allowed. The defensive trio of senior Jascha Glueckschalt, Pappas and Illal Osmanu have all logged over 700 minutes this season and have helped lead to Marshall’s 49 shot advantage over its opponents by taking away chances and getting the ball back down the field.
SCOUTING THE MASTODONS
Fort Wayne has wins this season over Dayton (2-1) and at Valparaiso (2-1). The Mastodons have been outscored 17-9 but have been outshot by only 11 (147-136). Seniors Keelan Barker and Oscar Uyamadu lead the team with two goals each. Barker and fellow senior Cam Sinclair have logged the most minutes for the Mastodons this season as both have over 900 minutes on the field. Junior Zach Tom leads with three assists.
A pair of freshmen, Will Hathaway and Brendan Stangel, have been splitting time in goal for Fort Wayne. Hathaway is 2-2 and has logged just under 371 minutes. He has recorded 18 saves while allowing seven goals. Stangel is 0-3-3 and has just over 589 minutes in the net this season. He has recorded 28 saves while allowing 10 goals.
Fort Wayne has allowed two or more goals in four of its past five matches.
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