@HerdMSoccer Back at Home against Reigning C-USA Champs
Kickoff against New Mexico from Hoops Family Field on Saturday set for 7 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team returns to Hoops Family Field on Saturday, Sept. 30, after two matches on the road to face Conference USA foe New Mexico. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 5-3-1 and 1-1-0 in C-USA play, while the Lobos are 4-3-1 and 0-1-1 in conference action.
The Herd and the Lobos first met in 2002 in Las Vegas, a 3-0 New Mexico win. The two squads have met each year since 2013 when UNM joined Conference USA for men’s soccer. Marshall has not lost to the Lobos since 2013. The Herd took the win, 2-1, in Albuquerque in 2014 and has played to a draw in each of the past two seasons. In 2016, Marshall senior Rudy Erwin scored the equalizer with just five minutes and 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Fellow senior Trevor Starcher assisted on both of the Herd’s goals in the 2-2 tie.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is looking to get back on the winning track after playing to a 2-2 tie at Northern Kentucky and then falling 2-1 at Fort Wayne. At Northern Kentucky, senior Brayan Lopez-Mendez scored his first goal of the season with a penalty kick in the fifth minute. The Herd took a 2-1 lead when freshman Pedro Dolabella scored his third goal of the year, but the Norse tied the match in the 55th minute. At Fort Wayne, Marshall trailed 2-0 when freshman Lewis Knight scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season in the 77th minute. The Mastodons held on from there.
Knight remains among the nation’s leaders in goals per game (seventh), goals scored (tied for third), points per game (tied for fifth) and total points (tied for fourth). Along with his eight goals, Knight has two assists and 18 points. He has the most points in a season for a Herd player since Tom Jackson (2009-12) scored 19 points in 2012.
Senior Dion Stergiotis leads the Herd with four assists and sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo is right behind after adding his third at Fort Wayne. The Herd continues to create numerous offensive opportunities and putting pressure on the opposing defense. Marshall has outshot the opposition 136-78 and 70-31 in shots of goal while outscoring the competition 16-9.
Sophomore defender Illal Osmanu has played all but 30 minutes this season (800 total minutes) while senior defenseman Jascha Glueckschalt is right behind in minutes played with 789.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
New Mexico is the reigning Conference USA Tournament champions after defeating FIU, 3-0 in 2016. The Lobos advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UNM has participated in the NCAA postseason 11 times in 15 seasons under head coach Jeremy Fishbein. The Lobos are looking for its first C-USA win of the 2017 season after falling to Kentucky at home, 1-0, and then a draw at South Carolina 2-2. UNM has wins over UNLV (3-0), Marquette (4-1), Cal State Northridge (2-1) and UC Irvine (2-1).
New Mexico has a balanced offense of goal scorers as nine different players have scored this season. Junior Antoine Vial leads the team with three goals. Seniors Luke Lawrence and Sam Gleadle along with freshman Nick Taylor have chipped in two goals apiece. Junior Aaron Herrera leads with four assists. Senior keeper Jason Beaulieu has played all 740 minutes this season and has recorded 28 saves and allowed nine goals. He has a save percentage of .757 and a goals against average of 1.09.
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