Marshall to Continue Road Trip at No. 5 Maryland
Men's soccer to take on second ranked team in 15 days
Oct. 14, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Taking a step out of Conference USA play, the Marshall men’s soccer team (2-6-4, 0-2-1 C-USA) will continue its three-match road stretch with a trip to take on Atlantic Coast Conference member and No. 5 Maryland on Tuesday at Ludwig Field.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Coming off of a south Florida road trip in which it finished with a 0-1-1 record, the Thundering Herd fell 4-0 to FIU (Oct. 6) before recording a scoreless draw with Florida Atlantic (Oct. 9) after 110 minutes of play.
The draw with the Owls gave Marshall its first point in C-USA play since the 2012 season when the Herd beat FIU, 2-0, Oct. 23. Marshall had lost four consecutive conference contests entering its matchup with Florida Atlantic.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Postgame – Oct. 9)
“We are still just struggling to score right now. We are just going to have to find more moments to score so we can win some games.”
“We are going to see if we can find a little depth and give somebody else a chance to contribute to the team. There is no quit in this team and I am very proud of the resilience they have showed at times.”
RANKED OPPONENTS GALORE
Having opened the 2013 season with an exhibition match at then-No. 9 Akron (Aug. 20), Marshall has faced No. 25 New Mexico (Sept. 30) and is now set for its second top-10 matchup of the season with No. 5 Maryland on the slate.
Using the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll (Oct. 8), Marshall is set to face one more top 10 team in No. 10 UAB (Nov. 8), with the Blazers visiting Huntington. The Herd will host No. 27 Tulsa at home as well with the Golden Hurricane to visit Oct. 26.
After being shut out by FIU (Oct. 6), Marshall had its eight-match scoring streak snapped. The Herd finds itself in a scoring drought of 255:05 after having been held scoreless in its last two contests. Senior co-captain Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) was the last Marshall player to score a goal as he made a penalty kick in the 34th minute against then-No. 25 New Mexico (Sept. 30).
Marshall leads C-USA in saves as the Herd goal keepers have combined for 54 saves through 12 games for an average of 4.5 saves per game. When trailing in saves this season, the Herd has posted a 2-0-3 record and collected seven of its eight points on the year in those contests.
The Herd ranks second in the league of 10 teams in corner kicks, with Marshall having taken a total of 77 to average 6.42 corners per game through 12 contests. Marshall is 2-3-3 on the year when leading in corner kicks, and 0-3-1 when trailing or tied in corner kicks.
SCOUTING THE TERRAPINS
Sitting in a three-way tie for first in the ACC standings, Maryland (5-2-5, 4-0-3 ACC) has posted a 4-1-1 home record this season while outscoring opponents 12-7. Along with being ranked No. 5 in the Oct. 8 NSCAA poll; Maryland is No. 7 in the Soccer America rankings and ranked fourth by TopDrawerSoccer.com in its Oct. 14 rankings.
Having a scoring offense that averages 2.17 goals per game, the Terrapins are 13th in NCAA in Division I scoring offense and 13th in total points as Maryland has recorded 72 on the year. Maryland is also in the top 10 in the nation in total goals as its 26 is 10th in Division I.
The Terps currently lead the series 2-0-0. Marshall last saw Maryland during the 2004 season at an early season tournament in Charlottesville, Va., in a 6-0 Terps victory. Maryland holds a 10-0 goal advantage all-time over the Herd.
Marshall will return home to Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex for a C-USA contest with South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The Herd has posted a 2-2-2 record at home through its first six contests in the short history of the stadium.