Oct. 25, 2013
MATCH 15: TULSA (7-5-2, 2-3-1 C-USA) at MARSHALL (2-7-5, 0-2-2 C-USA)
Saturday, Oct. 26 -- 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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The Last Meeting
September 29, 2012
Men's Soccer Suffers First Defeat of 2012
The Thundering Herd men's soccer team lost its first match of the season after surrendering a goal in each half of its 2-0 loss to Conference USA opponent Tulsa on Saturday night at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. Marshall falls to 7-1-1 (1-1) for the season with the defeat.
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team will return to Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m. to take on preseason Conference USA favorite Tulsa. The match will start a short two-match home stand for the Thundering Herd.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMSoccer, results and a recap from the night’s action will be available at HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Back on the road to continue Conference USA play, the Marshall men’s soccer team fell short to No. 29 Old Dominion by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday night at ODU Soccer Complex.
In search of its first road and C-USA victories, Marshall remains in pursuit of both as the 90-minute whistle blew and the Monarchs took the match, 3-0. The Herd has now been shutout in four of its last five matches, dating back to Oct. 6.
LEAGUE OF DEATH
With Old Dominion having been ranked No. 29 at the time of the contest, the Monarchs were the fourth ranked opponent that the Herd has faced this season at the time of the meeting. Marshall has posted a 0-4-0 record against those sides.
Seven of the 10 C-USA member programs currently have overall records at or above .500 and four schools have RPI rankings inside the top 30. As of the Oct. 21 RPI, only C-USA and the Atlantic Coast Conference boast four teams in the top 30.
When looking at teams currently ranked in the NSCAA top 25 (Oct. 22), C-USA teams have posted a combined 4-2-3 record, with wins or ties against No. 8 Coastal Carolina, No. 9 Georgetown, No. 12 Maryland, No. 15 Wake Forest, No. 21 UCSB and No. 24 VCU.
The Herd is slated to face one more ranked opponent, according to the Oct. 22 NSCAA Rankings, with UAB ranked 10th in the nation. Marshall will host the Blazers, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m.
HALLOWEEN PARTY WEEKEND
As part of a Marshall Athletics promotion, all fans in attendance Saturday that are dressed up for Halloween will be able to purchase discounted tickets for $1, compared to the normal admission price of $7.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Postgame -- Oct. 23)
“You just get no breaks in this league as you go from playing one good team to another good team. For us, three of our final four matches are at home and we need to win some home games.”
“It is still our goal to make the conference tournament and in order to do that we need to get at least two wins to make that happen so we have to see how everything goes. We keep getting better, but we just can’t catch any breaks so we will keep working hard.”
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Tulsa (7-5-2, 2-3-1 C-USA) will make the trek to Huntington looking to improve their standing in the C-USA standings. After having started the season with a 5-1-1 record, the Golden Hurricane has struggled, as have the Herd, as of late in the grueling C-USA schedule. In the 2013 C-USA Preseason Coaches Poll, Tulsa was selected to be regular season league champions.
Leading Tulsa with 24 points is Cristian Mata who has scored nine goals and recorded nine assists, having played in all 14 Golden Hurricane contests this season.
Tulsa has a strong advantage in the series history between the two sides as the Golden Hurricane has won seven of the ten all-time meetings for a 7-2-1 edge. The last Marshall victory came during the 2011 season in a 2-1 Herd win at Sam Hood Field.
The Herd will continue league play when it hosts Kentucky at home on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m.