Herd Soccer Set to Open Regular Season at Home this Weekend

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall men’s soccer team will open its regular season with two weekend games at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex this Friday and Sunday. The Thundering Herd will play Duquesne on Friday at 7 p.m. and will take on Cleveland State Sunday at 1 p.m. This will be the first regular season home opener for the Herd in Huntington since the 2010 season. The team opened its regular season with a home match in Charleston in 2012, because of the construction of Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.


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 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<http://www.herdzone.com/sports/m-soccer/mtt/bob_gray_218589.html> (On Opening Weekend)
“I’m definitely ready for us to get going. It’s always a tough preseason and there’s no substitute for hard work, the two-a-days are grinding. To finally see the fruits of our labor is great. It’s great that we are able to play our first two games at home, because it doesn’t always work that way.”


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 DUKES

In 2013, Duquesne finished the season with an overall record of 9-8-1 (4-3-1 Atlantic 10). The team posted an impressive home record at Rooney Field, going 6-1-1. After defeating VCU 3-0 in its final regular season game 3-0. The Dukes lost 2-1 to VCU in the Atlantic 10 Quarterfinals.
Duquesne’s 2013 top scorer from 2013, Kadeem Pantophlet, returns to the team. Pantophlet scored 4 goals and totaled 1 assist on the season.


SCOUTING THE VIKINGS


Cleveland State will start its regular season with one game against Salem International before playing the Herd on Sunday. Last season, the Vikings finished at 8-12, with a record of 5-5 at home and 3-6 on the road.


The returning top scorer for the Vikings is Sergio Manesio, who scored five goals and recorded two assists last season.


LET'S GET SOCIAL


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UP NEXT


The Thundering Herd will get its first road test on Sept. 5 at Oakland, Mich., before returning home to take on Liberty on Sept. 7. For all the latest in Marshall Men’s Soccer, follow our Twitter @HerdMSoccer<https://twitter.com/HerdMSoccer>.

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