Nov. 7, 2007
ORLANDO, Fla. -
The Marshall University men's soccer will travel to the Sunshine State to conclude the 2007 regular season against the University of Central Florida, Friday, Nov. 9 at the UCF Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Herd enters Friday's match with an 8-8-1 overall record and 2-5-0 in Conference USA action. Marshall is currently in a three-way tie for sixth place in the C-USA standings along with UAB and Florida International, both teams the Herd defeated in conference action. Despite the outcome of Friday's game the Herd has clinched a spot in the C-USA Championship, hosted by University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Marshall is coming off its third-straight loss after suffering a 2-1 loss against No. 11 Tulsa. The Golden Hurricane escaped with a win after scoring two unanswered goals in last Saturday's contest. The Herd honored its senior prior to kickoff and received a goal from one of the five honorees 15 minutes into the game. Senior midfielder Avneet Shergill fired a free kick from 23 yards out that deflected off a Golden Hurricane defender and blazed past the Tulsa goalkeeper. The Golden Hurricane answered with a goal in each half to earn the victory. Prior to the Tulsa loss, the Herd dropped two 3-1 decisions to South Carolina and Kentucky, both matches were road games.
Offensively, the Herd is led by Kolby LaCrone and his six goals this season. LaCrone scored in five-straight games including a two goal performance in a 2-1 victory over Xavier. Seniors John Daniele and Shergill follow with four goals apiece.
Junior Osric Flores and sophomore JD Hill have been the set-up-men with five assists this season. The midfielders have constantly been setting up the Marshall forwards with opportunities to score.
Defensively, senior Jeff Lenix
has maintained his reputation as one of the elite C-USA defenders. The Westerville, Ohio native has limited opposing attacks and has shut down some of the conference's best forwards. Lenix has been joined by Nick Daniele
and Brandon Lacko
, both have gained valuable experience playing alongside the two-time C-USA second-team sweeper.
Central Florida is coming off a 0-0 draw against South Carolina after a physical 110 minute match. Sean Johnson amassed a season-high ten saves in the contest. The loss against USC officially knocked the Knights out of C-USA Championship. The Knights' dropped to 4-11-2 and 0-5-2 in C-USA.
The Knights final home contest of the season will feature Brian Pope, Phillip Michael Hall and James Georgeff who will be honored before the match for the senior night ceremony.