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ETSU men’s soccer comes back to beat Herd

October 5, 2018

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Marshall men’s soccer team lost a close match, 2-1, to East Tennessee State on Wednesday night in Summers-Taylor Stadium.

Marshall is now 3-5-2 on the year while the Buccaneers improve to 5-5.

ETSU controlled possession for about the first 10 minutes of the match, taking the first three shots of the night.

Marshall then began to push the ball into its attacking half, firing off four chances between the 15th and 24th minutes. The first half ended scoreless and the Bucs held the edge in total shots 5-4. ETSU had the only shot on goal and redshirt junior keeper Paulo Pita was there for the save.

Marshall attempted two corner kicks early in the second half, but could not convert as ETSU cleared the ball away. But in the 76th minute, the Herd’s JP Rylah broke the scoreless tie by sending a shot into the left corner, his second career goal, off a headed pass by junior Illal Osmanu.

The Buccaneers responded just over three minutes later with the equalizer, then added another score 58 seconds after the first to take a 2-1 lead. ETSU held on for the final 9:59 for the win.

MU next plays Tuesday, Oct. 9, against Purdue-Fort Wayne at Hoops Family Field. Kickoff for the midweek, non-conference match is set for 5 p.m.

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