Nov. 3, 2017
Conference USA Standings
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Marshall men's soccer team closes out the 2017 regular season Saturday, Nov. 4, at Florida Atlantic. Kickoff between the Thundering Herd and the Owls is set for 7 p.m.
Marshall enters the contest 7-8-1 and 3-4-0 in conference play. Florida Atlantic is 1-14-0 and 1-6-0 in conference action.
THE SERIES: 7 meetings, series tied at 3-3-1
Marshall and Florida Atlantic first met on the pitch in 1994, a 3-0 Owls victory in Orlando. Ten years went by before the teams played each other again in 2004, a 2-1 Herd win also played in Orlando. The teams have met each of the past four seasons as Conference USA members. Marshall won the 2016 match 1-0 in Huntington after losing the two previous years.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall locked up a berth in the Conference USA Tournament with a 2-1, double overtime win over UAB on Oct. 28. Senior Adi Dakwar provided the late night fireworks with the game-winner as just 17 seconds remained on the clock. This past Wednesday (Nov.1), the Herd played a non-conference match at No. 5 Akron. Marshall ended the cold, wet night with a 2-0 loss. The Herd played well with the fifth-ranked team in the nation while just missing on some scoring opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Nate Himes continues to lead C-USA in save percentage (.833) after recording five more saves at Akron.
SCOUTING THE OWLS
Florida Atlantic's lone win this season came over Conference USA opponent South Carolina (Sept. 9). The Owls have been outscored 40-8 and outshot 209-117 and 100-40 in shots on goal. Florida Atlantic is coming off a 3-0 loss to Florida Gulf Coast. Sophomore midfielder Carlos Sanchis leads the team with five goals and 10 points. Three players have been in the net for the Owls. Luis Aranzazu has played the most minutes at just over 497 and has a record of 1-5. Aranzazu has 23 saves while allowing 19 goals.
THE CONFERENCE USA TOURNAMENT: Top 7-of-9 teams head to Norfolk, Va. (Nov. 8-12)
Marshall has already punched its ticket and currently sits in sixth place but can climb as high as fourth. The Herd needs to defeat Florida Atlantic and have Charlotte lose or draw, and New Mexico lose to move up to fourth. Charlotte hosts Kentucky (currently three-seed) while New Mexico visits Old Dominion (currently two-seed) this weekend. Marshall cannot drop any lower than sixth place. Florida Atlantic is currently in ninth, but the Owls are not completely out of the running. If the Owls defeat Marshall, it would need a draw in the match between South Carolina and UAB to move into a tie with South Carolina for seventh place. Since Florida Atlantic defeated South Carolina earlier this season, the Owls have the tie-breaker over the Gamecocks and would receive the berth as the seventh seed.
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