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Herd survives and advances in NCAA soccer tourney

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Published: May. 2, 2021 at 3:23 PM EDT
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WILSON, NC. (WSAZ) - The Marshall Thundering Herd soccer team defeated Fordham Sunday afternoon in overtime by a final of 2-1. Milo Yosef scored the golden goal at the 3:15 mark of the first overtime. The only other scoring was by Marshall’s Yosef in the 25th minute of the first half and that was followed by the Rams Max Rogers who tied it up at the 43 minute mark.

“It was tough,” Herd head coach Chris Grassie said. “The pitch was very sticky. You could see the ball moving a little slower and so we had to slow things down a little bit. (Fordham) played very well (head coach) Carlo (Acquista) had them very well organized. In the second half we had a lot more opportunities to play and get in and we were trying to break them down, but they did a really good job and made it tough for us.

“Credit to the guys, they kept battling. And Milo Yosef finally hitting his stride. We had been talking about it that he was looking good, getting into the box. We just need to get him into the box and he is going to score goals.”

Marshall plays the winner of Clemson and American on May 6th. The site and location are still to be announced.

“Obviously Clemson is a top team and the number one seed for a reason,” coach Grassie said. “We feel confident playing against anybody. We want to take this program to national prominence, want to win a national championship and you have to beat the best teams. We are excited about the opportunity to do that. It is going to be a fantastic football matchup and hopefully today was good prep for us to say ‘hey wake up this is the tournament, time to go’.”

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