@HerdMSoccer Visits No. 14 Kentucky
Marshall to face Conference foe in important match
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LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Marshall men’s soccer team travels to Lexington, Ky. Sunday night, Oct. 30, to face No. 14 Kentucky in an important match as the regular season winds down. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Marshall (6-9-1, 1-4-1) is coming off of a heartbreaking loss to Old Dominion in overtime. The Herd and the Monarchs battled to a scoreless tie at the end of regulation. Both teams had chances throughout the match, but great defensive plays as well as some great saves by both goalies helped to keep it at 0-0. ODU scored the game-winner in the 98th minute after a corner kick was sent into the box, bounced around and Marshall just could not get it cleared before being knocked into the net.
The Herd currently sit in an eighth place tie with ODU after the Monarchs just lost to FIU Saturday. Both teams have four points in the conference standings and are on the outside looking in to make the Conference USA Tournament, hosted at Hoops Family Field in Huntington, W.Va. Charlotte, South Carolina, Kentucky and FIU have all clinched a spot in the tournament. Florida Atlantic is just ahead of Marshall with six points, and both UAB and New Mexico have seven points each. Teams get three points for a win and one point for a tie. The Herd has one more match remaining after Kentucky against No. 8 Charlotte.
Seniors Trevor Starcher and Tommy Trupo were both named CoSIDA Academic All-District, Thursday Oct. 27. It was the first such honor for both players and the first CoSIDA Academic All-District honor for the Herd since Karim Boukhemis (2003-06) in 2006. The award recognizes student-athletes for their contribution in the classroom as well as on the field. Both seniors have been mainstays in the starting lineup for Marshall. Starcher carries a 3.90 overall grade point average with a double major in management and marketing as well as a minor in entrepreneurship. Trupo has a 3.61 overall grade point average as a biology pre-med major with a double minor in chemistry and psychology.
Starcher leads the team with 10 points this season and is tied for the team lead with three goals and four assists. Fellow senior Daniel Jodah has three goals and freshman Paul Whitener has four assists. Eight other players for the Herd have chipped in with goals this season as juniors Brayan Lopez-Mendez and Myles Newhouse have two each and Whitener, Alex Reyes, Jacob Purpero, Carlos Diaz-Salcedo, Arthur Duchesne and Rudy Erwin all have one goal apiece. Freshman goalkeeper Trevor Clemens has started 12 of the Herd’s 16 matches and has allowed 15 goals while recording 51 saves. The freshman has a goals against average of 1.20 and a save percentage of .773.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Sunday is senior night for No. 14 Kentucky (10-3-2, 4-2-0). The Wildcats have already clinched a spot in the Conference USA Tournament but look to go out this season unbeaten at home. Kentucky is 7-0-2 when playing on its home turf and have included wins over ranked C-USA opponents New Mexico (No. 21 at the time) and Charlotte (No. 14 then and No. 8 now).
Nine players have scored a goal for the Wildcats as the No. 14 team in the nation has outscored its opponents 21-9, 10-2 at home. Senior midfielder Napo Matsoso leads the team with six goals. He also has four assists and leads the team with 16 points. Senior defender Charlie Reymann leads the Wildcats with seven assists. Junior goalkeeper Stuart Ford has been the only player in goal this season for Kentucky and has a mere .57 goals against average and a .791 save percentage.
The series history between these two schools goes all the way back to 1981 and this will be the 35th meeting. Marshall and Kentucky have met at least once every season since 1990. Kentucky leads the series 17-14-3. Marshall won the first eight matches from 1981-91. The Wildcats joined the Mid-American Conference for soccer in 1995, as the SEC does not have men’s soccer, and then the Herd joined two years later in 1997. Marshall and Kentucky then moved to Conference USA in 2005. Marshall has not beaten Kentucky since a 2-0 victory in Lexington in 2011. The Herd fell 1-0 in the last matchup, Sept. 19, 2015, in Huntington.
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The Herd returns home for senior night and the final regular season match of the 2016 season for a date with No. 8 Charlotte. Kickoff from Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Complex is scheduled for 7 p.m.