Nov. 2, 2012
HURRICANE, W.Va. -- The Marshall University men’s soccer team (11-4-1, 3-4-0) and the UCF Knights (7-6-3, 4-3-0) will face each other at Hurricane High School on Saturday evening in a 7 p.m. senior day showdown with major postseason implications.
The game will be the Thundering Herd’s final regular season match of the 2012 season, pitting the squad against a familiar Conference USA foe in UCF. Sitting in seventh place on nine points, and two points behind sixth place Memphis, the Herd must win in order to secure a spot in the top-six and advance to the C-USA Championships.
The Last Meeting
November 5, 2011
Marshall Surrenders Regular Season Finale to UCF
The Thundering Herd men's soccer team fell 2-0 to the UCF Golden Knights on Saturday evening, surrendering third place to the Florida team and condemning itself to a lower seed in the upcoming Conference USA tournament.
Memphis will battle No. 14 SMU on Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel to decide the Tigers’ fate, as a win would clinch the Tennessee-based team’s spot in the postseason tournament. Marshall will be hoping SMU, who has already clinched the C-USA regular season championship and No. 1 seed in the conference tournament, will put forth its best foot in the nationally televised match and stave-off a Memphis team that has rallied to win three of its last four C-USA matches.
Yet even if the Tigers win, Marshall will still advance if it beats UCF on Saturday night, albeit with a lower seed. The Knights currently sit in fifth place on 12 points, meaning a Herd victory would give Marshall the three points needed to tie UCF and progress to the C-USA Championships by virtue of the head to head tiebreaker rule.
If the Herd downs the Knights and Memphis loses, Marshall would claim a highest possible seed of No. 5 in the tournament, and UCF would be sixth. Should both the Herd and Tigers win, Marshall would claim the final spot as the No. 6 seed and Memphis would move up to No. 5 in the standings with 14 points.
Either way, the Herd knows it must win in order to advance and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last season’s regular season finale when UCF downed Marshall 2-0 in Orlando, Fla. The Herd is 3-6-1 all-time versus the Knights and has not won a match against its conference rival since 2007.
In addition to being a playoff game of sorts for the Thundering Herd squad, Saturday’s match will carry additional relevance as senior night for the eight soon-to-be graduates on Marshall’s team. Indeed, Tom Jackson
, Daniel Withrow
, Devin Perkins
, Aaron Dini
, Fayanga Keita
, Peter Bulat
, Eddy Prugh
, and Cade Parton
will all be playing in their last home match for the Herd, and each will be hoping to extend his career with a monumental victory over UCF.
Admission is free for all wishing to attend the 7 p.m. match at Hurricane High School. For those unable to make it on Saturday night, live stats will be available during the game by clicking the link below.