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MU roundup: Herd soccer set to play No. 8 Akron

Aug. 20, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- A youthful Marshall University men's soccer team plays an exhibition game Tuesday at Akron, which is No. 8 in the NSCAA preseason rankings.

The match between the Thundering Herd and Zips begins at 7 p.m. at First Energy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field.

Marshall head coach Bob Gray has his youngest team in 19 years with 15 of the 28 roster spots filled by freshmen.

Conference USA coaches picked Marshall to finish ninth in the 10-team league.

The Herd returns home to open the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Friday with a 5 p.m. exhibition matchup with a team of alumni players. The regular season begins Aug. 30 at Appalachian State.

Akron reached the NCAA tournament in 2012 for the fifth consecutive year.


HUNTINGTON -- Chanda Bell, a former University of Kentucky softball pitcher (2009-12), has joined the Marshall coaching staff.

Bell will be the Thundering Herd bullpen coach, Marshall head coach Shonda Stanton said.

"Chanda helped propel UK softball onto the national stage and a relevant program in the SEC," Stanton said. "She is a proven winner and will serve as a great role model for our players. I look forward to the value she will add to Herd softball as we look to build on the success of 2013."

Bell was a Kentucky assistant coach when the Wildcats hosted Marshall in the 2013 NCAA regionals.

The Indianapolis, Ind., native posted a career record of 68-44 for the Wildcats with a 2.55 ERA, 17 shutouts and six saves. She compiled 910 strikeouts in 724 innings.

"I have had both the pleasure of coaching Chanda and working with her on my staff. In both aspects, she has proved to be a true student of the game and has tremendous respect both for softball and the athletes who compete on the field," said Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson.



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