@HerdMSoccer to Host FIU at Hoops Family Field
Kickoff Saturday is 1 p.m.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team returns to Hoops Family Field, and conference action, with a match against FIU. Kickoff is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall is 6-7 this season and 1-2 in Conference USA action. The Herd is coming off of a two-match break from C-USA play. The Herd defeated Liberty 3-2 in overtime at Hoops Family Field, Oct. 8. Junior Myles Newhouse scored the first two goals of his Marshall career, including the game winner just two minutes and 55 seconds into overtime. The Thundering Herd then traveled down to No. 10 Wake Forest, Oct. 11, for the final non-conference match of the year. The Demon Deacons protected its top 10 ranking with a penalty kick in the first half that proved to be the game-winner, 1-0.
The Herd has been battled tested throughout the season and has a tough stretch to finish out the regular season. Three of Marshall’s final five contests come against ranked opponents in No. 23 New Mexico, No. 19 Kentucky and No. 16 Charlotte.
Eight different players have scored a goal this season for the Herd with senior Daniel Jodah and Trevor Starcher leading the squad with three each. Freshman Trevor Clemens has played very well in the net for Marshall with three shutouts in his nine starts. Clemens has allowed 10 goals and has made 35 saves and has a goals against average of 1.11. He held off a vigorous attack from Wake Forest recording five saves in the loss.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
FIU is 3-6-2 this season and 1-2-1 in Conference USA action. The defending C-USA champions have played four of the best teams in conference. The Panthers have already matched up with Kentucky (W, 2-1), Charlotte (L, 1-2), New Mexico (L, 4-1) and South Carolina (T, 0-0).
FIU is led by sophomore Santiago Patino who has scored seven of the team’s 12 goals. Senior Arthur Clapot has been the lone player in goal this season. Clapot has logged just over 1,028 minutes, allowed 19 goals and recorded 32 saves. He has three shutouts this season.
Saturday will be the 17th time MU and FIU will meet. The Herd holds a 9-7 advantage all-time. The teams first met back in 1999, a 3-2 Herd win in Miami. Marshall won the second match in 2001 and then it took four years before these schools were back on the pitch in 2005, both as members of Conference USA. The series went back and forth until the Herd rattled off five straight in the series from 2008-12. FIU has captured the previous four meetings. Marshall has met FIU three times in the C-USA Tournament. The Herd won the first, 2-0, in 2005 but FIU took the next two in 2007 and the 1-0 FIU win in the 2015 Conference USA Tournament Championship.
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The Herd will be back on the road to take on a top 25 team in Conference USA opponent New Mexico. The match is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22 with a 3 p.m. eastern kickoff.