Gamecocks Drop Conference Opener To Marshall
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. —- South Carolina men’s soccer dropped a 2-0 match to Marshall on Saturday in the 2019 Conference USA opener for the two squads. Both teams battled through a scoreless first half before the Herd’s Milo Yosef capitalized on a free kick 22 yards out at the 49-minute mark to give Marshall the lead it wouldn’t surrender.
Carolina was forced to play the final minutes of the first half and the entire second a man down after a red card was issued to Zach Kirkwood with less than 3 minutes remaining before halftime.
After Yosef’s goal, Marshall extended its lead to 2-0 at the 55-minute mark with Pedro Westmeyer’s goal off the Vinicius Fernadnes and Max Schneider assists.
While a pair of goals were conceded, Buenyamin Yusufoglu had plenty of highpoints in goal with six saves in the match.
“A tough result today,” head coach Mark Berson said. “We came out strong. The red card early changed the game. Our guys battled hard the whole way – which we know we can count on. There are important lessons we can take from this and I am confident we will come out of this as a better team.”
The Gamecocks closed the match with four shots and three corners. The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for Carolina and a three-match overtime stretch.
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Milo Yosef, Marshall (49′)
Pedro Westmeyer, Marshall (55′)
Vinicius Fernadnes, Marshall (55′)
Max Schneider, Marshall (55′)