Oct. 4, 2013
MATCH 11: Marshall at FIU | Sunday, Oct. 6 - 7 p.m.
Site: FIU Soccer Stadium
MATCH 12: Marshall at Florida Atlantic | Wednesday, Oct. 9 - 7 p.m.
Location: Boca Raton, Fla.
Site: FAU Soccer Stadium
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - With a six-game homestand in the rearview mirror, the Marshall men's soccer team (2-5-3) will head south to continue Conference USA play. The Thundering Herd will take on FIU and Florida Atlantic on Sunday, Oct. 6 and Wednesday, Oct. 9, respectively.
In-game Twitter updates @HerdMSoccer, results and a recap from the night's action will be available at HerdZone.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Poised for an upset of No. 25 New Mexico, Marshall was unable to pull it off as the Lobos took the Monday match, 3-1, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Marshall drew a penalty kick on a foul in the box on a corner kick in the 34th minute. Senior co-captain Zach Hunter (Marietta, Ga.) stepped to the penalty spot and converted from 12 yards out to score the lone Herd goal of the match.
THE GRAY AREA
Marshall coach Bob Gray (Postgame -- Sept. 30)
"It was just a tough match and we knew New Mexico was going to be a good team," Gray said. "From top to bottom they didn't have any weaknesses. I think we showed them that we belong out on the field with them and we can play with them. We were a little unlucky, just as it has been all year for us as we were unable to score goals."
"Overall, I was pleased with our effort as they are a team that will be there in the end.
Now we will go back on the road and that is a whole different animal when you are on the road. You have to be able to cope with the issues such as travel and time management. We will have two tough matches as FIU is a good team and FAU is undefeated, so there is no rest for the weary."
SULTANS OF THE SUNSHINE STATE
Marshall has had strong showings over the years against FIU and Florida Atlantic as the Herd has a 7-2 record in matches played in the state of Florida. Against FIU, the Herd has posted a 6-1 record in Florida, with all seven contests having taken place in Miami. Marshall has won two of its three matches against Florida Atlantic, with all meetings having occurred in Sunshine State.
On the 34th-minute Hunter penalty kick conversion vs. No. 25 New Mexico, Marshall extended its scoring streak to eight matches after the Herd was held scoreless in its first two outings this season. The streak began in a road match at Wright State (Sept. 6).
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
Having played just two of its first nine matches on its home turf, FIU (4-5-0, 0-1-0 C-USA) is coming off a two-game road trip in the northeast. The Panthers received one vote in the 2013 Preseason C-USA Coaches Poll, while being selected to finish eighth.
Marshal leads FIU in the series history, 9-3-0. The Herd has won its last five matches against FIU, dating to the 2008 season, with the goal margin standing at 11-4 in favor of Marshall.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
In its first year as a C-USA member, Florida Atlantic (5-0-1, 1-0-0 C-USA) has started strong. Selected to finish last in the 10-team Preseason C-USA Coaches Poll, the Owls have posted a 5-0-0 mark at home.
Before the Owls and Herd meet (Oct. 9), Florida Atlantic will take on No. 14 UAB on the road (Oct. 6).
Marshall and Florida Atlantic will face off for the fourth time, with the Herd leading the series, 2-1-0. The two sides last met in 2007, a 2-0 Herd win in Boca Raton, Fla.
Marshall will continue its three-match road swing as No. 8 Maryland will host the Herd on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. in College Park, Md.