Junior goalkeeper Ben Martinez
Oct. 6, 2017
MIAMI – The Marshall men’s soccer team returns to the road with a Conference USA match at FIU. Kickoff from FIU Soccer Stadium is Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The Thundering Herd is 5-4-1 and 1-2-0 in C-USA play. The Panthers are 5-0-3 and 2-0-1 in conference action.
Marshall leads the all-time series 9-8, however the Herd has not defeated FIU since 2012. The teams have met at least once every season since 2005 when Marshall joined Conference USA. The Herd rattled off five-straight wins from 2008-12, but the Panthers have taken the last five. In 2016, the two squads battled into double overtime tied at 1-1. FIU scored first in the 21st minute and then Brayan Lopez-Mendez tied the match for Marshall just nine minutes and seven seconds later. With just 14 seconds remaining in the final overtime, the Panthers found the back of the net for the winner.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is looking to bounce back after dropping a 2-1 decision to New Mexico at Hoops Family Field on Sept. 30. There are seven matches remaining in the 2017 season, five against C-USA opponents and two non-conference match-ups.
Freshman Lewis Knight leads the Herd offensively with eight goals, 19 points and is second in assists with three. Senior Dion Stergiotis and sophomore Carlos Diaz-Salcedo lead with four assists each. Marshall has outscored its opponents 17-11, outshot the competition 149-87 and more than doubled up the opposition 75-35 in shots on goal. Knight has been a consistent attacker for the Herd with 38 shots and 25 on goal. He is credited with two game-winners.
On defense sophomore Illal Osmanu has played all but 30 minutes (890 of 920) this season while senior Jascha Glueckschalt is just 11 minutes behind with 879 and both have been key contributors to eliminating opponents scoring opportunities.
There has been a trio of players in goal for Marshall as senior Nate Himes, junior Ben Martinez and freshman Kyle Winquist have all logged minutes. Martinez started the previous match against New Mexico and is 1-2 this season with six saves and three goals allowed.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
FIU is currently third in the conference standings. The Panthers two conference wins have come over UAB (2-1) and FAU (4-1). FIU had two games postponed, including one against C-USA foe Old Dominion, due to Hurricane Irma on Sept. 8 and Sept. 12. Since then the Panthers are 3-0-1 with the lone tie coming against Charlotte (2-2).
Preseason Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year Junior Santiago Patino has led the charge and has been named player of the week three times. The striker leads the team with nine goals, three assists and 20 points. 10 different players have scored this season as FIU has outscored its opponents 22-9.
Three players have also had time in goal for the Panthers, but the bulk of the minutes belong to junior keeper Hugo Faroux. With a 4-0-3 record, Faroux has recorded 19 saves and allowed seven goals.
FIU has seven matches left in the season including the rescheduled game with Old Dominion that was moved to Oct. 25.
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