Herd to Host Kentucky for Midweek Match-Up
Marshall looks to claim first league win
Oct. 29, 2013
MATCH 15: KENTUCKY (4-8-2, 1-3-2 C-USA) at MARSHALL (2-8-6, 0-3-3 C-USA)
Wednesday, Oct. 30 -- 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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Wildcats Hand Marshall First Home Loss of 2012
The Marshall University men's soccer team lost its first home match of the 2012 season on Wednesday night, falling 1-0 to the visiting University of Kentucky Wildcats in a tightly-contested Conference USA showdown at Hurricane High.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – With its sights still set on a Conference USA Championship berth, the Marshall men’s soccer team will welcome Kentucky to Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In a contest that saw 32 shots and 13 corner kicks, Marshall finished with a 1-1 draw against C-USA preseason favorite Tulsa at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Saturday.
Marshall is now 0-1-6 this season in overtime games, with four of those seven matches having come at home for the Herd, all of which have ended in a draw. The Thundering Herd is 2-2-4 through eight matches at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Making his first-career start in goal, redshirt freshman Bijan Gloston (Clarksville, Tenn.) made nine saves for the Herd in his first career outing.
LEAGUE OF DEATH
Seven of the 10 C-USA member programs 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 in those contests.
Marshall is currently 0-4-0 this season against ranked teams at the time of the contest and the Herd is slated to face one more ranked opponent. Marshall will host UAB, Nov. 8, with the Blazers currently ranked No. 18 in the Oct. 28 Top Drawer Soccer Rankings.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Postgame -- Oct. 26)
“For us we need points right now and if we can get a win or two in our last three matches, we still have a shot at making the conference tournament. This conference is just extremely tough when it comes to men’s soccer.”
“We have a natural rivalry with Kentucky since we are so close to each other. They used to be in the Mid-American Conference, as were we so it goes way back. We have to have a few things happen for us and as you can see there is no quit in us and I give our guys a lot of credit for playing their hearts out.”
OH FOR OCTOBER
The Herd has had troubles in the Month of October as through six matches, Marshall has posted a 0-3-3 record. Over that span, Marshall has been shut out on five occasions and fortunately the Herd defense has recorded two shutouts of its own to record two scoreless draws.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Kentucky will visit the $8 million Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex for the first time with its own goal of making the conference tournament before the regular season concludes. Most recently, the Wildcats fell at home to FIU (Oct. 26), 4-1, knocking the Panthers down to eighth in the C-USA standings.
In four road games this season, Kentucky has posted a 1-3-0 record with the lone victory having come in overtime at league-leader Old Dominion (Oct. 4), 2-1.
Through 31 meetings in the series history, Marshall and Kentucky find themselves in a tie with the series at 14-14-3 entering the Wednesday contest. The two sides last met during the 2012 season in Hurricane, W.Va. with the Wildcats having come out on top 1-0.
Marshall will visit Charlotte for the Herd’s final road contest of the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.