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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The No. 7 Marshall men's soccer team will play for its first ever Conference USA Championship this Sunday at 2 p.m. against No. 5 seed FIU at Transamerica Field in Charlotte.



TV INFORMATION


The match will be broadcast nationally on FOX Sports Networks. A report of all FOX Sports channels airing the game is available here<http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/mars/sports/m-soccer/auto_pdf/2015-16/misc_non_event/tv.pdf>.


THE ROAD SO FAR


The Herd made the most of its final three Conference USA matches in the regular season, going from no points and last place to seven points and seventh place. Marshall started its run with a 0-0 draw against New Mexico at home, then beat UAB 3-2 in overtime on Senior Night.


Coming into the final Conference USA match against No. 20 Old Dominion last Saturday, Marshall needed a win and a UAB draw or loss. Junior Trevor Starcher (Hurricane, W.Va.) scored an 82nd minute goal off a corner to give Marshall the 1-0 win and first victory over a ranked team since a 2-1 win against No. 15 New Mexico on Nov. 11, 2014. Marshall then got the push it needed to make the Tournament when Charlotte defeated UAB 3-0.


In the first match of the C-USA Tournament, Marshall topped No. 24 Charlotte on Wednesday. Junior Rimario Gordon (Kingston, Jamaica) scored the Herd's lone goal as the 1-1 match went to penalties. Gordon scored the final penalty and the Herd won 5-3 to advance.


On Friday, Gordon scored the game's only goal in the 67th minute to propel the Herd past No. 17 South Carolina. That extended Gordon's team leading goal tally to seven, the most a Herd player has scored since Tom Jackson scored eight in 2012.


THE HERD IS HOT

Marshall is now unbeaten in its last six matches. That includes four wins and two draws (including the penalty kick match against Charlotte).


LAST TIME IN THE C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

Marshall has one prior appearance in the Conference USA championship game, a 3-0 loss to Tulsa in 2009. Tulsa was the host and No. 1 seed, while Marshall was the No. 2 seed.


SEVENTH SEEDS OR LOWER IN C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES


Marshall is now just the fifth team ranked at the No. 7 seed or lower to advance to the Conference USA Championship game.

2014:  South Carolina, 7th seed (lost 2-1 to Old Dominion)
2007:  FIU, 7th seed (lost 3-2 to Tulsa)
2005: Tulsa, 8th seed (lost 2-1 to South Carolina)
1998: Memphis, 7th seed (lost 4-2 to USF)


REGULAR SEASON MEETING AGAINST FIU

The two sides met in Miami on Sept. 26, when the Panthers were ranked No. 24 in the NSCAA poll. The Herd lost 5-1 to the Panthers. Freshman Chris Taibi scored the Herd's only goal. The Herd is 9-5-0 all-time against FIU.


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CONFERENCE USA CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL

For more information on the Conference USA Championships, please visit the Championship Central<http://www.conferenceusa.com/championships/m-soccer-championship-15.html> page.