MIAMI – The No. 1-ranked Marshall men’s soccer team is on the road at No. 19 FIU with the Conference USA Regular Season Championship and the number one seed in the upcoming tournament up for grabs. Kickoff from FIU Soccer Stadium is set for Friday at 7 p.m.
The Thundering Herd enters the match at 11-1-3 overall and 5-0-2 in league play. The Panthers come in at 11-2-2 overall and 6-0-1 in conference. FIU currently holds the top spot in the league standings with 19 points. Marshall is second with 17. The Herd needs a win to earn the No. 1 seed and the Panthers can keep a hold on the top spot with either a win or a draw. Both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the upcoming C-USA Tournament will receive first round byes. Neither team can drop below the second spot. The tournament is set for Nov. 10-14, hosted by Charlotte.
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Live Stats: FIUsports.com
Live Stream: CUSAtv
Series History: 22 all-time meetings – Marshall leads 12-10
Last Meeting: March 13, 2021 in Huntington – Marshall won 1-0 as Nathan Dossantos scored the game-winner in overtime.
Marshall has won seven-straight matches with the most recent a 4-0 decision over South Carolina at Hoops Family Field on Saturday for Senior Night. Graduate student Pedro Dolabella put on a show with two goals and one assist. He was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week. On the defensive side, fellow senior night honoree Nathan Dossantos led the Herd’s effort in its ninth clean sheet of the season, and he was named Defensive Player of the Week.
In the win on a rainy night in Huntington, junior Joao Souza scored first for the Herd in the 12th minute. Dolabella gave Marshall a 2-0 lead in the 65th minute, followed closely by senior Ibrahima Diop scoring in the 67th minute. Dolabella capped the night with his second goal in the 77th minute.
Senior goalkeeper Oliver Semmle tied his career-high with five saves in the victory.
Dolabella leads the team in scoring with 10 goals and 26 points. He is third in assists with six. Senior Vinicius Fernandes is the leader in helpers with a career-high eight assists. He is tied for second in goals with five and is second in total points with 18. Redshirt junior Milo Yosef has been on a tear lately in assists with four over the last three matches and he has seven for the year.
Semmle has a record of 10-1-3, allowed just 11 goals, sports a 0.74 goals against average, has 43 saves and a .796 save percentage. He is second all-time in program history with 19 clean sheets coming in just under two full seasons.
As a team, Marshall has put up 34 goals this year and ranks 12th in the NCAA in goal differential (+23). Thirteen different players have scored at least one goal with six scoring two or more. The Herd’s defense is ranked second in the nation in shutout percentage this season at .600, with 10 clean sheets out of 15 matches.
Marshall has outshot its competition 194-123 and 91-58 on goal.
The Herd and the Panthers played in Miami for the number overall seed back in 2019 and Marshall came away with a 2-1 victory. It was the Herd’s first C-USA Regular Season title, which then led to the C-USA Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
The Panthers have dominated its way through league play so far, with the only blemish a 0-0 draw with Kentucky. FIU has outscored its conference opponents 19-5 in its six wins. Only three contests have been a one-score win coming against UAB (2-1), Coastal Carolina (2-1) and Old Dominion (3-2). The Panthers have up four goals in each of the other three wins against Charlotte (4-0), South Carolina (4-1) and Florida Atlantic (4-0).
FIU has a plus-22 goal differential with 36 goals scored and 14 allowed. The Panthers have also had 13 different players score at least one goal and nine score two or more. Stephen Afrifa leads with seven goals and 17 total points. Bernardo Dos santos is next with six and Kareem Riley has scored five. Julian Hodek leads in assists with seven.
FIU applies pressure and has totaled 258 shots this season with 118 on target. The defense has allowed 151 shots and 59 on goal.
In the net, Tyler Hogan has been getting the time over the last eight matches with just eight goals allowed in 740 minutes of action. He has a 0.97 goals against average, tallied 27 saves and a .771 save percentage.
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#10 Pedro Dolabella MF 6′ 4″ Graduate Student Sao Paulo FC Academy
#6 Nathan Dossantos D 5′ 11″ Senior
#8 Vinicius Fernandes MF 5′ 7″ Senior
#1 Oliver Semmle Gk 6′ 3″ Senior
#11 Joao Souza MF 5′ 6″ Junior Orlando City
#7 Milo Yosef F 6′ 2″ Redshirt Junior Borussia Monchengladbach
#9 Ibrahima Diop F Senior