Marshall Men's Soccer Set To Meet Kentucky In C-USA Quarterfinal
The Herd look to reach the semifinal for the second time in three years.
Nov. 12, 2007
Marshall vs. Kentucky - The Herd and Wildcats pair up for the second time this season at the Conference USA tournament, Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. CST...Kentucky enters with the third seed and Marshall comes in as the sixth best team in the conference...previously this year, Kentucky hosted Marshall and earned a 3-1 victory...Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the Herd got on the board...down 2-1 at halftime Kentucky clinched the victory with a goal in the 76th minute...senior John Daniele scored the Herd's lone goal from an assist by Jeff Lenix.
All-Time vs. Kentucky - Despite the earlier loss to Kentucky, the Herd still holds an 11-9-3 all-time record against the Wildcats...last Herd victory came in 2002 when Marshall traveled to Kentucky and left with a 2-1 victory...last year, the two teams played to a 1-1 draw...Marshall and Kentucky have never played at a neutral field.
Return to the C-USA - The Marshall men's soccer team qualified for the Conference USA tournament for the second time in three years...last year, the Herd were on the outside looking in with a conference record of 1-6-1...Marshall enters with a 3-5-0 conference record with wins over UAB, Florida International and Central Florida...during the inaugural season in C-USA, the Herd finished with a 4-3-2 record and reached the semifinal.
Last Time Out - The Herd clinched sixth place in the C-USA standings after a 2-1 victory over Central Florida...Dana Heimbecker scored the Herd's first goal in the first half from an assist by Jira Cooley...junior forward Kolby LaCrone increased the Marshall lead to 2-0 with a goal three minutes into the second half...Central Florida came back with a goal of its own three minutes later...victory over the Knights also earned a regular season average above .500 for the first time since 2004.
Goalstoppers - Juniors Brad Kennedy and Craig Ratanamorn have seen the most time between the pipes for the Herd this season...Kennedy was named the starter at the beginning of the season, but suffered an injury that sidelined him for much of the season...junior transfer Ratanamorn stepped in and filled Kennedy's shoes very well with a goals against average below 1.00 for much of the season...Kennedy has regained his starting role and contributed to the Herd's 2-1 victory over Central Florida...Kennedy registered his only shutout of the season in a 1-0 victory over James Madison...Ratanamorn received credit for three shutouts this season (Liberty, UAB and FIU)...both players have earned more than 40 saves during the 2007 campaign.
Lucky Number Seven - Marshall's offensive leader, Kolby LaCrone, ended an eight game scoring drought with a goal against Central Florida...LaCrone scored his first goal of the 2007 season, Sept. 16 against Centenary...LaCrone registered goals in five straight games including a two goal performance in a 2-1 win against Xavier...he is the Herd's offensive leader with 15 points.
Dickerson Named to ESPN All-District - Junior defender Matt Dickerson was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Disctrict II Second Team...Dickerson holdes a 3.72 GPA, while pursuing a degree in accounting...he has beeen named to the Deans List four times and is a member of the Conference USA Honor Roll in 2005 and 2006.
Award Winners - Throughout the season the Marshall Thundering Herd soccer players have garnered numerous awards beginning with Jeff Lenix's preseason all-conference nominee...Lenix has lived up to the expectations as he's been the Herd's defensive standout...fellow senior John Daniele earned the Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Week after registering two goals and two assists in the same week...Daniele was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week...Marshall had three players named to the Fairfield Inn Hilltopper Classic All-Tournament team, which included Sterling Flunder, JD Hill and Jermaine Johnson...during the Marshall Classic Kolby LaCrone, Jeff Lenix and Matt Dickerson took home all-tournament honors.
Road Warriors - The Herd are 4-2-1 on the road this year with wins over James Madison (1-0), Florida International (1-0), Florida Atlantic (2-1) and Central Florida (2-1)...both losses came to C-USA opponents, Kentucky (3-1) and South Carolina (3-1) respectively...lone tie came against Liberty (0-0).
Newcomers Gain Valuable Time - Marshall has received success with the playing of its newcomers...freshman Kendall Sutton stepped into a starting during the middle section of the season when Matt Dickerson suffered a knee injury...transfer Craig Ratanamorn has been the Herd's goalkeper for most of the season and has a record of 6-4-1...fellow transfer Michael has recorded two goals this season and has played in 13 games...Sammy Boateng has played in 16 of the Herd's 18 games and has a goal and an assist this season.