Herd soccer team falls to Akron, 4-1
AKRON, Ohio -- Akron has had one of the top programs in NCAA men's soccer over the past few years, and the Marshall Thundering Herd learned all about it Tuesday in a 4-1 exhibition loss to the Zips at FirstEnergy Stadium.
The Zips are ranked No. 8 in the nation.
"We were a team that showed its youth and inexperience today against a legitimate top 10 team in the country," Marshall head coach Bob Gray said. "It was a good experience for us in a great atmosphere and we will learn from our experience and hopefully mature before the start of the season.
"A game like today actually did us a lot of good and I'm glad we had a chance to experience playing a team of that caliber."
Aodhan Quinn opened the scoring for the Zips in the eighth minute, putting away a pass across the goal box from Saad Abdul-Salaam. Three minutes later, Bryan Gallego made it 2-0 on a shot set up by a free kick.
The Herd answered in emphatic fashion when Daniel Jodah cannoned a shot from 30 yards out for a score in the 19th minute.
But Akron was quick to regain the momentum when Adam Najem scored an unassisted goal from about 15 yards out.
Najem would strike once more, scoring the only goal in the second half.
Marshall opens the new Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex on Friday at 5 p.m. against a team of Herd alumni players.
MARSHALL 1 0 -- 1
AKRON 3 1 -- 4
A -- Quinn (Salaam), 8:35.
A -- Gallego (Najem), 11:33.
M -- Jodah, 19:16.
A -- Najem, 38:22.
A -- Najem (Phil Fives), 63:03.
Shots: M 3 (1 on goal); A 19 (11 on goal). Saves: M 7 (Tyler Atwell 4, Danny Sellitti 3); A 0. Corners: M 1; A 9.
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