Aug. 25, 2017
Box Score (PDF)
Coach Grassie Postgame Video
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Thundering Herd kicked off its 2017 campaign on Friday at Hoops Family Field with a 3-0 victory over UNC Asheville, 3-0. New head coach Chris Grassie won his first match with the Herd and the 100th of his career.
The first half of the game was dominated by Marshall. Newcomers Lewis Knight scored two goals in his first collegiate regular season action. Knight had five shots with three on goal. In the 20th minute The Herd broke through the Bulldogs' back line when Jamie Izquierdo-Roiz lobbed a pass down field to Knight who finished with a shot to right side for the first goal of his Marshall career. The Herd ended the first half with a total of 12 shots, four on target. Marshall's back line consisting of Carlos Diaz-Salcedo, Jascha Glueckshalt, John Pappas and newcomer Illal Osmanu held UNC Asheville to just one shot.
After the break, Marshall continued its dominance, quickly doubling its lead over UNC Asheville. In the 56th minute of the match, Pappas charged down the right side of the field and found a wide-open Knight inside the goalie box who finished his second goal of the game. With 10 minutes remaining in the contest Marshall was awarded a penalty after a handball by the Bulldogs occurred inside the box. Izqiuerdo-Roiz went on to finish the penalty shot and awarded Marshall a commanding three goal lead.
The Thundering Herd will continue its season at Hoops Family Field this Sunday at 4 p.m. Marshall will play host to the University of Evansville. Marshall and Evansville have competed against each one another four times, and are tied 2-2 in the all-time series. The two teams have met in each of the past three seasons with the Purple Aces winning 2-1 in Evansville in 2016.
Head Coach Chris Grassie
On his debut win:
"The guys did very well. They possessed the ball smoothly, I would say we still have some room for improvement in that area and then we put the pressure on quite well. When we played the game, we created a lot of chances."
On the offensive gameplay:
"I thought they did very well. It comes down to which team can create the most chances and which team can take the most chances. They executed very well, I think we hit the post once and the crossbar twice so we created enough chances to really dominated the game tonight. I was quite pleased with the movement we worked it to a lot of guys up front and who ever came on produced. It was a good job."
On taking over after Bob Gray:
"I owe Bob (Gray) everything for getting into coaching he took me in it was my first job after playing football to come back and to coach in the United States he got me over here as an assistant and kind of showed me the ropes. But you know you want to put your own stamp on things and we have worked very hard in the spring and the guys who have made it to the roster have formed the nucleus of this team. Getting that first win in such convincing fashion really helps go a long way."
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