MU soccer advances in tourney
CHARLOTTE — The No. 5 seed Marshall Thundering Herd advanced to the Conference USA semifinals for the second straight year after defeating No. 4 seed FIU 2-1 Wednesday.
Sophomore JP Rylah and junior Illal Osmanu scored for the Herd. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Paulo Pita finished with seven saves in the victory.
The teams battled through a scoreless first half as both squads recorded seven shots.
It didn’t take long in the second half to get the scoring started as Rylah found the back of the net off a pass from freshman Kelan Swales, just 1:29 into the period. It was Rylah’s fourth goal of the year.
Nearly 30 minutes later, the Panthers tied the score in the 75th minute.
Osmanu gave Marshall back the lead in the 84th minute with his third goal of the year as he knocked in a rebound off a shot from junior Jonas Westmeyer.
The Panthers had an opportunity to tie the match on a penalty kick with 40 seconds remaining. Santiago Pantino took the kick and hit the shot off the crossbar and then Marshall cleared the ball back down field.
The Herd improves to 8-8-3 this season and will now move on to play the No. 1-seeded Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff for the semifinal-round match is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m.
The contest will be broadcast on ESPN+.
MORGANTOWN — The Marshall volleyball team lost a road game in four sets (25-18, 18-25, 23-25, 17-25) to the West Virginia Mountaineers Wednesday despite 21 digs by Amber Weber.
Marshall (10-18) led the Thundering Herd offensively with 18 kills. Shelby Conley and Ivana Trencheva added seven kills each.
Additionally, Marshall had 19 assists from Jaydn Jacobs and 14 from Autumn Elswick.
The 21 digs by Weber is the 15th match of the season where the junior libero finished with 20 or more digs. She was assisted on defense by Michaela Ahlenslager who had five of the Herd’s eight blocks.