Sept. 7, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- A Ryan Forde (London, England) penalty kick goal in the 32nd minute and a Scott Doney (Tauranga, New Zealand) goal in the 84th minute helped lead the Thundering Herd men's soccer team to a 2-2 tie after two periods of overtime against the Liberty Flames. The teams played in front of a crowd of 414 at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Liberty is now 2-0-1 on the season, while the Herd is at 0-1-2.
AGAINST THE FLAMES
Scoring started with a Liberty goal in the 27thminute, when a Blessing Tahuona pass found a wide open Bay Kurtz at the 6-yard box. Kurtz was able to blast the ball past Marshall Goalkeeper Dominik Reining (Frankfurt, Germany) to put the Flames up 1-0.
The Herd would respond with a goal in the 32ndminute, when a Flames handball in the box created a penalty kick chance for the Herd. Midfielder Ryan Forde buried the shot to the right side, leveling the score at 1.
Second half scoring was again started by the Flames. This time, Troy Reeves was able to collect a loose ball near the goal line and slot the ball home past Reining for a 2-1 lead in the 54thminute.
The Herd continued to press for a goal and found one in the 84thminute, when Matt Freeman was able to slide the ball over to Scott Doney, who slipped the ball into the open near side of the goal. After two overtimes, the game finished in a draw.
THE GRAY AREA
Coach Bob Gray on the Liberty game:
"It's a learning process for us. We learn more about the team each time we play. Liberty was a good side and it's good that we battled back, but we're still trying to find the right combinations to peak out there with conference coming up."
LET'S GET SOCIAL
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The Herd will play Appalachian State on Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex before playing four straight road games.