Men's Soccer to Take on No. 17 UAB on Senior Night
The Herd looks to win final home match of the year
Nov. 6, 2013
MATCH 19: No. 17 UAB (11-4-1, 4-3-1 C-USA) at MARSHALL (2-10-6, 0-5-3 C-USA)
Friday, Nov. 8 -- 7 p.m.
Huntington, W.Va. | Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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Second Half Slump Dooms Herd
After taking the lead in the first half through a Jahvon Allison goal, the Marshall University men's soccer team surrendered two second half goals to UAB as the Blazers downed the Thundering Herd 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - With just one game remaining in the 2013 season for Marshall and one match remaining in the collegiate careers for five seniors, the Herd will host No. 17 UAB at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Friday at 7 p.m.
Winless against ranked teams this season in four tries, Marshall will look to break that trend against the Blazers at home.
HAVE YOU HERD?
In its final road match of the season, the Marshall men's soccer team suffered its second straight shutout -- while failing to win a road game in nine tries -- in a 3-0 loss at Charlotte at Transamerica Field on Saturday night.
Charlotte's back line remained strong against Marshall for the entirety of the night to complete the shutout as the Herd fell to its sixth shutout in its last seven contests.
When the final whistle blew, Charlotte had recorded more shots (19-11), shots on goal (8-4) and corners (5-4) than Marshall.
Co-captains Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) and Travis Brent (Virginia Beach, Va.) are set to be recognized prior to their final game for Marshall, along with Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas), Cody Partyka (Venetia, Pa.) and Anthony Virgara (Pittsburgh). The quintet has combined for 198 starts entering the contest and a total of 248 games played. On the offensive end, the group has scored a combined 15 goals and eight assists in their time in kelly green.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Postgame - Nov. 2)
"Our guys played hard, but it is just the same old story for us, we don't have anyone that can put the ball in the net."
"It is going to be our Senior Night on Friday and we are going to face a team that is currently ranked 10th in the country, so we are going to just go out and try to get that signature win we have been trying to get all year. We will have to give our best effort and play the role of spoiler, hopefully."
SCOUTING THE BLAZERS
Having initially climbed the C-USA standings, UAB has struggled recently. The Blazers are in a two-match losing streak (to New Mexico and South Carolina). A 4-3 loss to the Gamecocks dropped UAB to fourth in C-USA with one contest remaining.
The Blazers have bolstered a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 2.5 goals per game. Freddy Ruiz has been the leader of the UAB offensive attack, with 11 goals and added three assists for 25 points.
UAB leads the series 7-2-1. The Blazers have won three straight against Marshall, which has not topped UAB since 2009.