Oct. 10, 2010
DALLAS, Texas - The Marshall University men's soccer team fell in overtime, 2-1, to No.8 SMU Sunday night at Westcott Field in Conference USA action.
The match with the Mustangs marked the seventh overtime contest for the Thundering Herd (7-4-2, 2-3-0 C-USA) so far this season. All four of the Herd's losses have come in overtime. The win improves SMU to 11-1-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference.
The Mustangs struck first as SMU's leading goal scorer Juan Castillo netted his eighth goal of the season in the 24th minute. However, Marshall's Diego Ayala would bring the Herd back even in the 39th minute with his first collegiate goal. Tom Jackson provided the helper with a long throw-in which found Ayala on the back post for the tap in.
But for the second game in a row, MU was unable to capitalize on a man advantage as SMU's Leone Cruz was dealt a red card in the 79th minute.
Neither team would find the net for the remaining 10 minutes of regulation, but it would take SMU just four minutes into the first golden-goal overtime period to gain three conference points. The winner was headed home by Zach Barnes off a cross from eight yards out.
"It was another tough loss for us tonight. We are starting to feel a little snake-bitten with all these overtime losses," head coach Bob Gray said. "But credit our guys for the way we played. We had an opportunity to win the game in the second half with some great scoring chances. But we have to find a way to win these games."
The Herd continues action on the road next weekend as MU travels to Tulsa for a contest with No.5 TU on Friday night and a non-conference match with Oral Roberts on Sunday. Marshall plays four of its final five matches on the road.