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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The 2015 Marshall men's soccer team will start its preseason play on Monday against High Point at 7 p.m., the first of three exhibition games in a one-week span for Coach Bob Gray's 21st Thundering Herd squad.

Marshall will play all three games at home, on Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. On Thursday, the Herd will play Salem International at 6 p.m., before finishing exhibition play against NCAA Division II power Charleston on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.



The Herd opens the regular season on Aug. 28 at Western Michigan.


Preseason Notes

- Last season, Marshall advanced to the Conference USA Tournament for the first time since 2011. The Herd finished the season 7-9-3.


- Marshall returns its top goal scorer (Daniel Jodah) and two top assists leaders (Jack Hopkins and Christian Kershaw).  The team also returns players that scored 19 of Marshall's 20 goals and set up 16 of 18 assists.


- The team welcomes 11 newcomers and returns 18 players from 2014.


- Junior MF/F Daniel Jodah (Mississauga, Ontario) was named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team.


- Conference USA coaches have selected Marshall to finish eighth in the C-USA preseason poll.


Scouting High Point

The Panthers finished 10-8-2 in 2014, advancing to the second round of the Big South Conference Tournament before losing to Coastal Carolina. The team's returning leading scorer is sophomore Ryan Avery (6 goals, 2 assists in 2014). Senior defender Austin Yearwood has been named Preseason co-Big South Defensive Player of the Year.


Scouting Salem International

The Tigers went 10-9-1 before falling in the second round of the ECAC Division II Tournament to Post University. Senior Mohamed Bakayoko (7 goals, 4 assists) was the team's leading scorer in 2014.


Scouting University of Charleston

The Golden Eagles were one of the best teams in NCAA Division II in 2014, losing 3-2 in the national championship game. UC went 22-1-1 overall, losing in the title game to Lynn (Fla.). The NSCAA (coaches) preseason Division II poll for 2015 has the Golden Eagles at No. 2.