HUNTINGTON — Jacob Moore’s goal off a deflection on the left side into the opposite corner of the net in the 82nd minute put Oakland University past Marshall University, 3-2, in a men’s soccer game Monday night at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
“I think we just didn’t keep our shape or our cool,” Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said in a release. “We knew exactly what they were going to come out and do, they did it. We did it until we scored and then we had a mental letdown. We got caught up in the calls too much and we got unorganized. They caught us on the counter-attack which is exactly what we talked about them doing.”
After a 0-0 first half, the scoring picked up in the 54th minute with a pair of goals just 15 seconds apart.
Marshall’s J.P. Rylah scored the opening goal on assists from Jamill Roberts and Jonas Westmeyer for a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute. The Grizzlies from Rochester, Michigan, answered 15 seconds later with a goal from Dawsun Schrum.
Oakland (1-0-1) took a 2-1 lead in the 69th minute when Napoleon Outlaw III placed a ball across the net past Thundering Herd goalkeeper Paulo Pita.
Gianni Bouzoukis scored the equalizer for Marshall (1-1-0) at 79:09. After a corner pick ricocheted in the box and a Westmeyer shot was deflected, the ball bounced to Bouzoukis who put a shot from just outside the 18-yard box into the back of the net.
Marshall’s next match is 5 p.m. Friday against Ohio State University in a tournament at the University of Dayton.