Herd Drops Second Regular Season Game to Vikings

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. –  The Thundering Herd men’s soccer dropped its second regular season game with a 2-0 loss to the Cleveland State Vikings at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Goals by Kareem Banton and a free kick goal by Hesham Hammouda set up the win for the Vikings.


The Herd and Vikings entered the second half scoreless, but things changed in the 60th minute, when Hesham Hammouda fired in a cross from the near sideline that found an open Kareem Banton. Banton struck the ball with the outside of his foot, which sent the ball rocketing past the near post of Marshall Goalkeeper Bijan Gloston (Clarksville, TN).

In the 85th minute, Gloston received a red card from a foul just outside of his 18 yard box, which sent in Herd freshman Goalkeeper Dominik Reining (Frankfurt, Germany). The first kick Reining saw was a free kick, which was scored by Hammouda at the near post.

The closest the Herd came to scoring was in the 83rd minute, when a Nick Edginton header at the Vikings goal line was saved at the last second by Vikings goalkeeper Nick Ciraldo. Edginton finished the game with the most shots for the Herd, with 3. Daniel Jodah (2) and Ryan Forde (1) also tallied shots for the Herd.

The only other caution in the match went to Cleveland State’s Jake Lagania in the 80th minute.


Coach Bob Gray on the Cleveland State Game

“Cleveland State battled to every loose ball and created scoring chances. We didn’t create much. We only seemed to respond after we went a goal down. I liked our response to that, but we have to find a way to grind out games.”


The Thundering Herd will play its first road match of the season on Friday, Sept. 5 at Oakland (Mich.) at 7:00 p.m., The team will return to Hoops Family Field on Sunday, Sept. 7 to take on Liberty at 2:30 p.m.


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