Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Clemens
Oct. 21, 2016
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Marshall men’s soccer team is back on the road Saturday, Oct. 22, to take on Conference USA opponent New Mexico at 3 p.m. eastern time.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd comes into the match 6-8 overall and 1-3 in Conference USA action. Marshall is currently ranked eighth in the C-USA standings, and fighting for an opportunity to get into the C-USA tournament, with four conference games remaining in the regular season. The top seven teams receive the invite the conference tournament that will be hosted at Hoops Family Field.
Three of the four final matches for Marshall are against teams currently ranked in the Top 25 or have been ranked. New Mexico just recently dropped out of the Top 25. Remaining ranked teams on the schedule are on the road at No. 19 Kentucky (Oct. 30) and at home against No. 11 Charlotte (Nov. 4). After New Mexico, Marshall has a match with Old Dominion at home on Oct. 26.
The Herd is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to FIU at home, Oct. 15, in which the Panthers hit the game winning goal with about 14 seconds remaining in double overtime, 2-1.
Eight different players have scored a goal this season for the Herd with seniors Trevor Starcher and Daniel Jodah leading the squad with three each. Juniors Brayan Lopez-Mendez and Myles Newhouse have contributed two each. Freshman Paul Whitener remains the team leader in assists with four, but Jodah is right behind with three after dishing out the pass to Lopez-Mendez against FIU. Jodah also leads the team in points with nine and Starcher has eight.
Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Clemens has started 10 games for the Herd and has a record of 5-5 with three shutouts. Clemens has allowed 12 goals, while making 36 saves and has a goals against average of 1.17.
SCOUTING THE LOBOS
New Mexico returns home with a record of 7-6 and 1-3 in Conference USA. The Lobos are ranked just ahead of Marshall in the C-USA standings as both teams have the same conference record, but New Mexico with a better overall record. The Lobos have spent part of the season ranked in the top 25 in the country, however, the squad has recently dropped out after losing the past three matches. Two of New Mexico’s losses came to ranked teams with a 2-1 loss to No. 17 Charlotte (now No. 11) and a 2-1, double overtime loss to No. 5 Denver. In between the two ranked schools was another 2-1, double overtime loss to C-USA opponent Florida Atlantic. All three of the losses were on the road.
The Lobos are led by senior forward Niko Hansen who has nine goals and one assist. Five other players have contributed to New Mexico’s 19 total goals this season. Junior Jason Beaulieu has been the mainstay in the net logging in over 1,200 minutes played in his 13 appearances. Beaulieu has allowed 10 goals, while recording 40 saves and has a goals against average of 0.75. He has four shutouts as well.
New Mexico leads the all-time series 1-2-1. Marshall and the Lobos first met back in 2002, before both schools joined Conference USA. The Herd was in the MAC while New Mexico was a member of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The two squads met at the UNLV Tournament in Las Vegas. New Mexico grabbed a 3-0 win. The schools did not meet again until 2013 as both members of C-USA. The Lobos won that match in Huntington, 3-1. The Herd won the next match in 2014 on the road, 2-1.
This past season’s match was played to a 1-1 draw almost one year ago to the day, Oct. 23. There were 29 total shots with 11 combined on goal. Rimario Gordon scored for the Herd in the 46th minute. New Mexico tied it up in the 59th minute. The tie was the beginning of four match unbeaten streak to end the regular season and helped Marshall reach the Conference USA Tournament.
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The Herd will return to The Vet against Old Dominion on Wednesday Oct. 26 at 7 p.m.