The Marshall men’s soccer team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday night by defeating the East Tennessee State Bucs 4-1. Marshall’s offense continued its hot streak by netting four goals against the Bucs.
“Much better performance from us today,” Herd head coach Chris Grassie said. “Our possession game, especially from the back six payers, was very good. But everyone raised their level today.”
Not only did Marshall show another impressive offensive performance in this contest, but the defense was also back in form, allowing just one goal. The Herd had allowed six total goals in the prior two matches combined.
Offense has not been an issue early in the season for Marshall. The team has now scored 15 goals in the first four games of the season. Four different players scored for Marshall on Tuesday, providing a great example of the scoring depth that this team possesses.
For the Herd’s next test, Marshall will travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to face off against the Bowling Green Falcons. Bowling Green has yet to lose this season and brings a three-game winning streak into this contest against Marshall. The Falcons dominated its latest contest against a high-profile team in Michigan State. Bowling Green’s goalkeeper Logan Kowalczyk put up a clean sheet, while the offense tallied three goals to make the end results 3-0 in favor of the Falcons.
“I’m really happy for the boys and for anyone who supports our program,” Bowling Green head coach Eric Nichols said. “Michigan State is a big program and a very good team. Getting any result against them takes a complete performance and that’s exactly what the boys delivered. We were locked down in the back, we moved the ball well and we took our chances.”
Bowling Green’s offense has done exceptionally well in recent games, scoring a total of six goals in the teams last two contests. But it has been the Falcons defense that has led the team to an undefeated record four games into the season. Bowling Green has allowed just one goal the entire season that came in a 2-1 overtime win against Gonzaga. Besides that, the Bowling Green defense and goaltender have no blemishes on their record. In total, the Bowling Green Falcons have outscored its opponents by a score of 8-1 throughout the team’s first four contests.
These two teams will matchup this Saturday at 8 p.m. In a battle of Marshall’s surging offense against Bowling Green’s shutdown defense. Will Marshall’s offensive production stay consistent? Or will Bowling Green’s stifling defense lock down another opponent on the way to a fourth straight victory? Tune in to find out.