Men's Soccer Starts C-USA Tournament Wednesday

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall's men's soccer team will look to build on its successful close to the season as it starts its play in the Conference USA tournament Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Norfolk, Va. against the UAB Blazers. UAB is the No. 3 seed in the tournament, while Marshall is No. 6. For information on how to watch or follow the match, please visit the Conference USA Championship Central<> page.

Marshall has improved to 7-8-3 this season and finished Conference USA play 3-4-1. Marshall closed out its regular season with three straight victories against No. 15 New Mexico (2-1), Asbury (4-0) and Concord (4-1). After Niko Hansen of New Mexico scored in the 62nd minute against the Herd, Marshall went on a 204 minute and 11 second streak with no goals allowed, snapped in the 85th minute against Concord.

UAB is 10-6-1 this season and 5-3-0 in Conference USA. The Blazers finished its season on a 4-2 run, including winning its last game against FAU 3-0. On Oct. 18, the Blazers defeated Marshall 7-2 in Birmingham.

Head Coach Bob Gray on the UAB game:
"We're anxious to get them on a neural field. We think we can compete with them, although they are definitely a very good side. They are one of the most athletic teams in the conference, but I think we have a very good game plan and we're going to surprise some people."

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The winner of this game will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Kentucky and No. 7 seed South Carolina Friday at 4:30 p.m.

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