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Herd soccer in C-USA semifinals

November 10, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marshall University is back in the Conference USA men’s soccer tournament semifinals for the second consecutive season.

No. 5 seed Marshall (8-8-3) plays top-seeded University of Kentucky (15-1-1), the No 3 team in the nation, at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Transamerica Field. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Kentucky won at home against Marshall in the regular season (Oct. 13), 1-0 in double-overtime.

“Kentucky is having a great season, and is rightly a top five team in the country,” Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said in a HerdZone.com release. “We will require all 11 guys on the pitch to work together if we are to win.

“But, the guys are confident. We’ve worked on the plan, and we can make it happen. Everyone loves an underdog story, so hopefully we have the bite.“Marshall defeated No. 4 seed FIU, 2-1, Wednesday in the first round. Sophomore J.P. Rylah scored the first goal of the match for the Thundering Herd and assisted on the game-winner, scored by junior Illal Osmanu, in the 83rd minute. Paulo Pita finished the match with seven saves.

Kentucky, a C-USA affiliate member for men’s soccer, received a bye out of the first round as the top seed.

The Wildcats are led by C-USA Offensive MVP and Player of the Year J.J. Williams and Freshman of the Year Jason Reyes.

Swimming

HUNTINGTON - Marshall hosting Liberty University in dual swimming meets at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday in Fitch Natatorium at Cam Henderson Center.

“This being my first home meet as the head coach is pretty special,” Marshall’s Ian Walsh said in a HerdZone.com release. “The women have done a great job and I am looking forward to seeing their performances.”

Volleyball

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Marshall wraps up its volleyball season with a 6 p.m. Friday match against the Charlotte 49ers in Halton Arena.

Marshall (10-18) has a 3-10 record in Conference USA and won’t play in the league tournament it hosts Nov. 16-18 in Cam Henderson Center. Charlotte (15-14) is 5-8 in C-USA attempting to secure the eighth and final tournament berth on the final weekend of the regular season.

The teams met Sept. 21 in Huntington and Charlotte won, 3-2.

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