Aug. 23, 2015
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall men's soccer team finished off the exhibition portion of its schedule with a 4-0 win against 2014 NCAA Division II runner-up University of Charleston Sunday at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
AGAINST THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Marshall was able to score early in the match thanks to junior transfer Rimario Gordon (Kingston, Jamaica). Gordon received a pass from junior midfielder/forward Daniel Jodah (Mississauga, Ontario) on the left side of the box. Gordon's low shot from around 14 yards was able to beat Golden Eagles goalkeeper Fabian Veit in the 8th minute.
Marshall would take that lead into the half, but double it quickly in the 47th minute. Lovely interplay between senior midfielder Ryan Forde (London, England) and Gordon would lead to a wide open cross for Jodah. Jodah, who led the Herd in goals last season with five, calmly slotted the ball past Velt to make the score 2-0 Marshall.
The Herd would add another goal just eight minutes later when sophomore Christian Kershaw (Severna Park, Md.) passed to Jodah, who found Gordon at the top of the box. He fired from 20 yards for his second goal of the day and a 3-0 lead.
The Herd's fourth goal came in the 60th minute after Kershaw collected the ball in an advanced position and passed wide to Jodah. Jodah worked the ball into the box. Jodah sent a low cross to the right side that found senior Jack Hopkins (Birmingham, Ala.) who finished off the goal.
The Thundering Herd trailed in shots (14-9) and shots on goal (6-5), but were able to capitalize with the goals. Goalkeepers Bijan Gloston (Clarksville, Tenn.) and Dominik Reining (Frankfurt, Germany) each collected three saves for the Herd.
THE GRAY AREA
Coach Bob Gray on the match:
"I felt like this was a good result, especially after our lackluster performance against Salem. Charleston was a good side, so this was a good result. We finished our chances today and Charleston did a good job of possessing the ball, which we have to get used to. I was happy with the way we shut them down and countered and that's the kind of team we're going to be. We think we are a team that can score goals this year and we hope that will come true."
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The Herd will start its regular season on the road against Western Michigan on Friday, Aug. 28 at 4 p.m.