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Marshall Ends Road Trip with Loss at Cleveland State
Cleveland State improves to 2-2-0 with the win, while the defeat drops Marshall to 0-3-1 on the year as the Thundering Herd remain in pursuit of its first win of the 2013 season.
“It was just a tough match for us,” said Marshall Head Coach Bob Gray. “In the second half they really outplayed us and had the better chances. It is definitely a learning experience because we know there is a better side of us. We just have to get the first win under our belt to gain that confidence.”
The Vikings controlled the pace of the game as the 2012 Horizon League tournament champions finished the day with more shots (17-8) and corner kicks (7-4) than Marshall.
Junior transfer Tyler Atwell (Hurst, Texas) got his first career start in goal for Marshall to anchor the back end of the Herd defense.
In the 21st minute, Marshall found the back of the net on a goal from sophomore Jack Hopkins (Birmingham, Ala.). Assisted by a cross from freshman Juan Ortiz (Rockville, Md.), the goal was Hopkins’ second goal of the season.
Cleveland State answered at the 36 minute mark with an equalizing goal from 30 yards out to tie it at one goal apiece.
The Vikings would seize the lead on an assisted goal in the 69th minute with a shot past Atwell and into the lower left corner of the Marshall goal. Cleveland State would not relinquish its 2-1 lead for the remainder of the contest.
The Viking victory gives Cleveland State its second victory over Marshall in the series history. The Herd leads the all-time history 6-2-0. The loss snapped a four-match win streak for the Herd against the Vikings that dated back to 2003.
“We are looking forward to getting home because we are a little road weary at the moment,” Gray said. “We are excited about playing in our new facility and getting in front of a home crowd as we try to find our way. Nothing will be given, but we hope to have an edge when we are playing at home.”
With its road trip having concluded, Marshall will have its regular season home opener on Friday, Sept. 13 at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. The Herd will take on Oakland at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Qdoba Invitational which will be Sept. 13 ad 14.
In-game Twitter updates (@HerdMSoccer), results and a recap from the day’s action will be available at www.HerdZone.com.