Oct. 10, 2006
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men's soccer team begins a three-match homestand at 7 p.m. Wednesday as it battles Florida International in a Conference USA match at Sam Hood Field. Marshall will play three league matches in an eight-day span at home, as No. 9 South Carolina and No. 13 Kentucky will travel to Huntington next Saturday and Wednesday, respectively.
Several activities are planned as part of the "Thunder Night" promotion. Fans will have the opportunity to win a 2007 Pontiac G5 at halftime and there will be giveaways from Little Ceasar's Pizza, Stewart's Hot Dogs and Jolly Pirate donuts, as well as chances to win Nike soccer balls, Marquee Cinema movie tickets and much more. Admission to the match is free.
Marshall (3-6-1, 0-2 C-USA) will look to rebound after a 1-0 loss Saturday at Tulsa. After a slow start, the Thundering Herd controlled play for much of the match and held a 7-2 advantage in shots on goal but was unable to get one past Tulsa goalkeeper Tyrel Lacey. The Golden Hurricane scored the match's lone goal at the 36:17 mark. After a corner kick, Chris Clements punched in a short shot past Marshall goalkeeper Greg Walter (So., Slippery Rock, Pa.) for the only goal the Golden Hurricane would need.
Marshall was playing its first match in two weeks after its game last Saturday at home against UCF was postponed. The Herd last played Sept. 23 at UAB, marking Marshall's longest in-season break between games in program history, topping 10-day breaks during the1980 and 2001 seasons.
The Marshall offense has struggled of late, scoring just once its last four matches. Despite this, the Herd has had plenty of opportunities with 47 shots, including 23 on goal, during that span.
FIU (4-6-2, 0-3), an affiliate member of Conference USA for men's soccer, gave up a late goal in dropping a 1-0 match Saturday at No. 9 South Carolina. The match was FIU's first true road game of the season, as the Golden Panthers played their first 10 matches at home or a neutral site. David Hope leads the Golden Panthers with four goals and an assist. Shawn Crowe has posted a 1.04 goals against average in 11 matches as the Panthers' goalkeeper.
Marshall leads the all-time series with FIU, 3-1. The teams met twice last season, with FIU winning in Miami, 7-0, before the Herd returned the favor with a 2-0 triumph in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament. FIU will be making its first-ever trip to Huntington.
Marshall plays No. 9 South Carolina at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sam Hood Field.