C-USA's Top Teams Set to Battle

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

COLUMBIA, S.C.- The Thundering Herd men's soccer team will put its unbeaten Conference USA record on the line this Saturday when it travels to the University of South Carolina for a 7:00 p.m. showdown with the host Gamecocks.

Marshall is 3-0-1 in the conference so far this season and is riding an eight game unbeaten streak into the match. The Herd's last win came in a 2-1 victory over the visiting Shawnee State Bears on Wednesday, while it drew SMU 1-1 a week ago in its most recent C-USA action. The team is 7-4-1 overall.

The Gamecocks enter the match sitting in second place behind Marshall in the conference standings with a 3-1-0 record.  South Carolina was undefeated in league play prior to a 2-3 overtime loss to SMU this past Wednesday, and is 5-5-1 overall.

The Gamecock's leading scorer on the year with five goals is Bradlee Baladez, while Stephen Morrissey is second on the squad with four. The pair will try and outperform a Marshall offense paced by Tom Jackson's team-leading tally of eight goals and Anthony Virgara's three strikes.

Marshall has found even more consistent success, though, from its defense, which has allowed the fewest goals in C-USA so far this season and boasts the league's lowest goals against average. Junior goalkeeper Daniel Withrow leads the league with 57 saves to date.

The match will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Stone Stadium, which is located in the heart of the South Carolina campus. For live stats during the game, please click here<http://www.herdzone.com/gametracker/launch/gt_msoccer.html?event=994865&school=mars&sport=msoccer&camefrom=&startschool=&>. Live video will also be available on South Carolina's website.

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