Herd soccer splits weekend games, named co-champions of tournament

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While Marshall University’s men’s soccer team earned its fourth straight win Friday, defeating Robert Morris University in the Veterans Memorial Cup, its winning-steak soon ended Sunday after a loss to the University of Evansville in day two of the tournament.
“We played well Friday,” Bijan Gloston, the Herd’s goalkeeper, said. “We had a great showing against a high-quality squad. But I got to give a lot of credit to Evansville. They came out and played hard. They definitely beat us in a lot of aspects of the game, but they showed us what we need to work on.”
Despite Sunday’s loss, Marshall, along with Bowling Green State University were named the tournament’s co-champions due to the team’s equal finish in goal differential.
Marshall beat Robert Morris 3-1 and fell to Evansville 1-0.

“I mean it was almost a payback from last year because we beat them 1-0 in their tournament last year.””

— Bob Gray

Head coach Bob Gray said the loss against Evansville was a difficult one for the team.
“I mean it was almost a payback from last year because we beat them 1-0 in their tournament last year,” Gray said. “Credit to Evansville though, they had a good game plan and we were flat from the start and maybe didn’t give them enough respect. As I told them, every college game has the potential to be a one goal game and that was true today.”
Gray added that the team must look forward to its next match.
“We will regroup and get ready to host Kentucky next Saturday,” Gray said. “It’s always an exciting rivalry game and it’s the start of Conference USA play, so it’s very important that we step out there and perform well.”
The Herd’s next match is against the University of Kentucky and is set for 11 a.m. Sunday at the Veterans Memorial Complex.
Imani Spradley can be contacted at [email protected]

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