Marshall bows out of C-USA soccer, losing 2-1 to Kentucky in semifinal
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Top-seeded University of Kentucky, an affiliate member of Conference USA for men’s soccer, defeated fifth-seeded Marshall University 2-1 in a league tournament semifinal Friday.
Kentucky, ranked No. 3 in the nation, scored in the eighth minute when Kalil Elmedkhar fired in a rebound. C-USA Offensive Player of the Year J.J. Williams of the Wildcats added to the led in the 18th minute.
Marshall keeper Paulo Pita stopped Williams on a penalty kick in the 49th minute to prevent Kentucky going up by three.
J.P. Rylah put Marshall (8-9-3) on the scoreboard at 60:45. Rylah took a perfectly placed cross from Jamil Roberts and knocked it into the net.
“Tough way to go out,” Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said in a HerdZone.com release. “We were without our two centerbacks (Illal Osmanu and Chris Taibi), so we had to adjust and try something new. To be fair to our lads, they struggled with the new shape at the beginning, which is 100 percent my fault. It took us about 35 to 40 minutes to figure out the new system, and how to play without centerbacks. Once we did, we were really good.”
Kentucky (16-1-1) plays third-seeded Charlotte in the finals at 1 p.m. Sunday for the championship. Charlotte won Friday night against second-seeded Old Dominion 4-2.
MARSHALL 0 1 - 1
KENTUCKY 2 0 - 2
K - Elmedkhar (Williams, Guidon), 7:04
K - Williams (Elmedkhar), 17:53
M - Rylah (Roberts), 60:45
Shots: M 5; K 17. Saves: (M) Pauo 5; (K) Facusse 0. Corner kicks: M 3; K 5.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Marshall’s volleyball season ended Friday.
The Charlotte 49ers (16-14, 6-8 Conference USA) downed Marshall 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 25-15, 27-25) in Halton Arena. Marshall finished the season with a 10-19 overall record and 3-11 mark in league matches.
Shelby Conley’s 17 kills led the Thundering Herd, while Lauren Mattmuller and Ciara Debell both had 13. Conley also had 17 defensive digs, Debell had 15 and Amber Weber added 10. Autumn Elswick and Jayden Jacobs both made 23 assists.
Molly Shaw and Sydney Rowan had 17 and 15 kills for the 49ers respectively.
Charlotte secured the eighth and final seed in the C-USA tournament Nov. 16-18 at Marshall - but without the host school competing; the Thundering Herd didn’t finish among the top eight teams and failed to qualify.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Junior Alex Minor finished 68th with a 10K time of 32:48 that paced Marshall men’s cross country to 20th place at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional.
Senior Nick Schmidt placed 87th (33:08) and sophomore Joel Krznaric was 155th (35:28). Freshman Ryan Vaught (35:37) was 157th.
Marshall’s women finished 29th. Freshman Madelyn Garrison (24:07) in a 6K. Junior Mary Kerby (24:47) and junior Abigail Short (25:44) finished 196th. Junior Audreana Lewis (25:49) was 197th followed by freshman Alexandra Evansin (26:26) in 200th place.