Oct. 18, 2013
MATCH 14: SOUTH CAROLINA (5-5-3, 2-1-1 C-USA) at MARSHALL (2-7-4, 0-2-1 C-USA)
Saturday, Oct. 19 - 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Returning home from a three-match road stretch, Marshall men’s soccer (2-7-4, 0-2-1 C-USA) is back home for a tussle with Conference USA foe South Carolina, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMSoccer, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Stepping out of Conference USA play for the final time of the 2013 regular season, Marshall suffered a 5-0 shutout at No. 4 Maryland on Tuesday. Marshall closed out its three-match road swing with a 0-2-1 record.
Returning home to Huntington, the Herd has posted a 2-2-2 record through its first six contests in the short history of Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Oct. 17)
“We have a big game coming up against South Carolina and our backs are against the wall since we haven’t been playing well and are struggling to score goals. We have had some success in the past and we will look to jump start it on Saturday night.”
“It is now crunch time for us because things will not get any easier with us playing the one of the toughest conferences in the country. This will be a good match for us and we are looking forward to it. They will be ready to face us and we will be prepared as well. We just have to score some goals and be a little more solid defensively.”
Entering the 2013 season, Marshall coach Bob Gray and South Carolina coach Mark Berson were both ranked in the top three of the winningest active coaches in Division I men’s soccer. Berson ranked second with 455 in 36 years of coaching, while Gray had collected 422 victories in 36 years on the sidelines.
KICKING FOR A CURE
Following suit with the Marshall women’s soccer team in a Friday night match, the Saturday match for the men will allow fans wearing pink to purchase a game ticket for $1, compared to the normal admission price of $7.
TUSSLES WITH THE TOP 25
Facing ranked opponents has become quite common for the Herd, as Marshall has played three top 25 teams this season (Akron, exhibition; New Mexico, Maryland), with the Herd now 0-3-0 in those contests. As of the current National Soccer Coaches Association of America rankings, Marshall is set to take on two more ranked foes (Tulsa, UAB) this season, with both contests to take place at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
With the Herd having been held scoreless in each of its last three contests, Marshall hasn’t been able to record a goal in 345:05 of play. The last Herd goal came in the 34th minute against then-No. 25 New Mexico (Sept. 30).
Marshall has struggled to find the net for most of the season. The Herd averages 0.77 goals score per game, while allowing 1.77 goals on average to opponents through 13 matches.
SCOUTING THE GAMECOCKS
South Carolina has had a strong start to the C-USA schedule, as the Gamecocks most recently hosted Florida Atlantic (Oct. 16) and notched a goal in the 87th minute to claim a 2-1 home victory.
Through six road matches, South Carolina has posted a 1-4-1 mark away from home with the sole win and singular loss having come against conference foes.
Marshall leads the series history 5-3. The Herd has won three of the last four matchups, dating to 2009. Most recently, Marshall downed the Gamecocks 2-1 during the 2012 season in Hurricane, W.Va.
The Herd has a quick turnaround before heading to Norfolk, Va., for a midweek match against new C-USA member Old Dominion on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Marshall is winless on the road through its first seven road matches.