Herd Men's Socer Set for Two Exhibition Games

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team will prepare for its season in two exhibition games at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex this week. The Thundering Herd will take on Bowling Green, Wednesday and Radford, Saturday.

Live stats and video will be available through the men’s soccer page at HerdZone.com. You can listen to the official radio broadcast online or over the air on 88.1 FM. Live updates can be found by following @HerdMSoccer<https://twitter.com/HerdMSoccer> on Twitter.

HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd is looking to shake off a disappointing 2013 season. The team finished the season with a record of 2-11-6 and failed to win a Conference USA game for the first time in program history. The two wins on the season came in back-to-back games against IPFW (Sept. 13) and VMI (Sept. 17)  at Hoops Family Field.

DISSECTING THE SCHEDULE
The Herd is 51-63-12 all-time against its 2014 regular-season opponents (.452 percent winning percentage). Marshall played preseason opponent Bowling Green (4-7-3) and regular-season opponent Appalachian State (3-16-4) in the program’s inaugural 1979 season. The most con­tested matchup on the 2014 schedule is the game against Kentucky on Oct. 12 (14-15-3).

THE GRAY AREA
Marshall Coach Bob Gray (Season Outlook)
“Our recruiting goal for this fall was to bring in several good offensive players and we think we have achieved this. Our schedule also is much more favorable, as we have several home games right at the start of the season. We will also have more depth in every position, thus inju­ries hopefully won’t play as big a factor.”

EARLY HOME STRETCH
Last season, the Herd opened with four straight regular season away matches. In 2014, the Herd will play four of its first five regular season games at home.


SCOUTING THE FALCONS
In 2013, Bowling Green posted an overall record of 6-7-6 (.474). The team finished its conference play in the Mid-­American Conference with a record of 2-2-2 (.500). The team fared well at home, finishing with a record of 3-2-3. On the road, the Falcons were 3-4-3.
Bowling Green played four teams in the top 25 last season (Michigan, Akron, Marquette and Milwaukee), going 0-3-1 (Tied Michigan 1-1) in those games.
Last season’s top two scorers (Ryan Comiskey and Anthony Grant) are gone, which makes Danny Baraldi the returning top scorer with 3 goals and 4 assists.

SCOUTING THE HIGHLANDERS
Radford finished the 2013 season with a record of 9-7-4 (.550) overall. The Highlanders advanced to the second round of the Big South Conference Tournament, before losing to the nationally ranked, No. 1 team in the conference, Coastal Carolina, by a score of 3-2.
Last season’s top scorers Bernardo Ulmo and Joe Mayer are gone, which leaves Junior Jamie Summers as the top returning scorer. Summers finished last season with three goals and three assists.

LET'S GET SOCIAL
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UP NEXT
The Thundering Herd will start regular-season play on Aug. 29 at home against Duquesne at 7 p.m. For all the latest in Marshall Men’s Soccer, follow our Twitter @HerdMSoccer<https://twitter.com/HerdMSoccer>.
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