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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— The Marshall men’s soccer team defeated the FAU Owls with just over three minutes remaining in its Conference USA home opener. The Herd improves to 5-4-0 and 1-1-0 in C-USA action while the Owls fell to 1-5-1 and 0-2-0 in conference play.
The first half was scoreless, despite Marshall controlling the play for most of the half. The Herd earned five corner kicks in the half and had three shots on the goal. The best chance came in the 17th minute when junior Jascha Glueckschalt broke through, but his shot was saved by FAU goalie Phillip Hitpass. Senior Trevor Starcher and sophomore Chris Taibihad the other shots on goal in the first 45.

Four minutes into the second half, senior Daniel Jodah had a great opportunity, only for his shot to be saved by Hitpass. Jodah had the next big opportunity for the Herd in the 62nd minute when his free kick just outside the 18 yard box was saved by Hitpass once again.

FAU’s chances then increased, particularly on the counter attack. The Owls put together several shots on goal in close succession. This required several saves from freshman goalie Trevor Clemens who finished the match with three.

After dominating for most of the match, finally in the 87th minute, Starcher scored off an initial shot by junior Brayan Lopez-Mendez which deflected off the post and fell right to Starcher, putting Marshall up 1-0. After a scrappy final few minutes, Marshall held on for its first conference win of the season.

Marshall hits the road for two games with the first match at Evansville scheduled for Wednesday Sept. 28 with kickoff at 8 p.m. After the match with the Purple Aces, the Herd will head to South Carolina to get back into Conference USA action, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.


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