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Marshall releases 2021 soccer schedule

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Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 3:51 PM EST
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall men’s soccer head coach Chris Grassie announced the 2021 spring schedule on Monday. The defending Conference USA Champions and NCAA participants begin the season at Hoops Family Field on Feb. 3.

“I’m very excited to finally be able to play matches,” coach Grassie said. “It’s been about a year since we’ve been able to play competitively, so we’re chomping at the bit to finally be able to get going. I think we’re all soccer addicts here, and soccer defines so much of our identity, that we need it and the rhythms of a season to feel a sense of normality.

“I’ve been working with the guys in pre-season for a few weeks now, and we have an excellent group that will hopefully allow us to build on last year’s foundation. We will have to negotiate the rigors of playing in a COVID world, but as long as we can get a decent run at it, we should be able to play some entertaining stuff this year.

“I know the guys are raring to go, and they have big goals for themselves and the team, so we hope the fans that can get in to see us enjoy the ride.”

The Herd will have nine home matches this season, including the first five contests of the year at Hoops Family Field. Marshall’s home opponents will be VCU (Feb. 3), WVU Tech (Feb. 13), Lipscomb (Feb. 16), East Tennessee State (Feb. 23), Bowling Green (Feb. 27), FIU (March 13), Old Dominion (March 27), Florida Atlantic (April 3) and finally Charlotte (April 17).

Ticket information for the home matches is forthcoming.

Marshall will travel to Akron (March 2), South Carolina (March 6), Kentucky (March 18), West Virginia (Mach 24) and UAB (April 10).

There will not be a C-USA Tournament at the end of the season as this year the winner of the regular season will receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Marshall has three opponents on the schedule that played in the NCAA Postseason in 2019 in Charlotte, Kentucky and WVU, and a fourth in WVU Tech that advanced to the NAIA Championships. Bowling Green won 13 contests in 2019 before losing in the Mid-American Conference title match to WVU. Akron is looking to rebound after a down year in 2019 (6-10-2) after winning 15 matches and finishing 2018 as the NCAA Championship runner-up, falling to Maryland in the National College Cup Final, 1-0.

The Thundering Herd is coming off a historic season in 2019 winning the C-USA Regular Season and Tournament titles, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and ending the year with a final ranking of No. 11. Coach Grassie’s squad piled up numerous awards during the year and even after the season including current redshirt sophomore Milo Yosef being named a United Soccer Coaches All-American. After bringing home the C-USA Tournament championship and earning its first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament, Marshall received a bye in the first round and then hosted WVU at Hoops Family Field. In front of a packed house of 2,126 fans, the most of any first or second round match, the Herd defeated the Mountaineers, 2-1, before falling at No. 6 Washington to end the amazing year.

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