Herd Men's Soccer Falls to WMU Broncos, 4-1
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. - Jeff Hughes had a hat trick to lead the Western Michigan Broncos to a win over Marshall University in Mid-American Conference men's soccer action Friday.
Hughes added to his conference lead in goals to give him nine. His three goals came on seven shots. He scored on a breakaway at the 33:50 mark, and added a second goal just over a minute later. His third goal came with ten minutes left in the game on another breakaway. Jason Okroy added the other goal for the Broncos (7-2 overall, 1-0 MAC).
Marshall (1-6, 0-1 MAC) played a strong game. Kirk Gibson (Allen, Texas) brought the team within a goal when he scored at the 47:53 mark, but WMU rebounded when they scored just over five minutes later.
The Herd started the game off strong, dominating play for the first ten minutes. They outshot the Broncos for the game, 19-18, but Broncos goalie Ian Spooner made 12 saves to preserve the win.
Marshall Head Coach Bob Gray was disappointed with the loss, but took some positives out of the game. "We were playing the kind of soccer we wanted to play, their first goal was huge, we can't give up the first goal off of a throw-in," Gray said, "we have to take advantages of our chances and find a way to put them away."
Marshall played Western Michigan very well and WMU Head Coach Chris Karwoski gave them credit. "They gave us a lot of trouble, they were fast and athletic, they are definately a better team than their record shows," Karwoski said, "it was a match between two even teams and we were able to finish our chances, and they had problems finishing theirs."
Karwoski was also proud of the accomplishment by Jeff Hughes. "He was the difference tonight, we are definately dangerous with him. He had a few off games recently, but he and the whole team were motivated for our MAC schedule, we came to play tonight."
The Herd travel to take on the Northen Illinois Huskies on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The next home game for Marshall is Sunday, October 5 at 1:00 p.m. when they face Shepherd College at Sam Hood Field.