Sept. 1, 2011
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CINCINNATI, Ohio- The Thundering Herd's quest for its elusive first goal and win of the year will continue into Sunday's home opener against ETSU, as Marshall stumbled to its second consecutive 1-0 defeat on the young season against Xavier this past Thursday night.
In front of a strong Musketeer crowd of over 800, the Marshall men's soccer team put forth a valiant effort against a squad it played to a 0-0 draw at Sam Hood Field last season. The Herd outshot Xavier 17 to 13, and put two more shots on goal, but were still unable to find a way to stick the ball in the back of the net.
Xavier, though, accomplished that task very early in the game when target forward Luke Spencer flicked a ball to the onrushing Will Walker to slide home from 10 yards out. Walker's goal, which came in just the 10th minute of play, proved to be enough for the Musketeers, who withstood the Marshall attack for the remaining 80 minutes of the match.
"I thought we played better tonight than we did in our season opener," said Coach Gray. "I feel like we had the better of the play and possessed the ball on their side of the field for large portions of the game, but once again we were unable to find a way to score."
The Herd's second consecutive road loss puts the team at 0-2 for the 2011 season, and gives the players an opportunity to score the first goals and win of the year when the East Tennessee State University Buccaneers visit Sam Hood Field on Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.
"Simply put, we just need to start creating our own luck," said Gray. "If we can play a little more athletically and intelligently, then I think we'll start creating more chances and scoring more goals."
Junior forward Eddy Prugh led the Herd in shots on the night with 3, while junior goalkeeper Daniel Withrow, last year's C-USA Defender of the Year, made 3 saves in the net.