Yosef scores golden goal as No.3 men’s football defeats Charlotte
CHARLOTTE – The 3rd-ranked Marshall men’s football team struggled through a tough game against the Charlotte 49ers to win 2-1 in overtime. Junior red shirt Milo Yosef sent the golden goal in the 97th minute on Saturday night.
This is the second time in the last three meetings between these two teams that Marshall has won with a golden goal. The other coming in the 103rd minute of the 2019 Conference United States Championship game, marked by Pedro Dolabella.
The Thundering Herd improves to 10-1-3 overall and 4-0-2 in US Conference play. The 49ers fall to 8-5-0 and 3-3-0 in the league.
With the win, the herd are now undefeated in their last 17 straight United States Conference games, including the 2019 C-USA tournament. The last time Marshall lost a conference game was on the 26th. October 2019 in Florida Atlantic by a 1-0 final. The streak is tied for the 15th longest unbeaten conference streak (including league tournaments) in NCAA history. The herd is tied with Harvard (1969-71), Evansville (1989-91), Louisville (2009-11) and Stanford (2014-15).
“What a team we have”, head coach Herd Chris Grassie noted. “I thought our guys were gorgeous! Here’s why: We weren’t at our best tonight. We were missing some players. And we went down to ten men for 45 minutes. But we were so dominant the whole time. Great credit to all the boys.
“(Mohammed) Seidu came in at the last minute and was excellent. (Alex) Adjetey arrived late and caused them problems. Vitor (Dias), Max (Schneider) and Pedro (Dolabella) led the midfield. field. Milo (Yosef) with the goal, and Joao (Souza) at the start caused them problems. Nate (Dossantos) and Gabi (Alves) had solid games. Jan-Erik (Leinhos) is back to his best . Oli (Semmle) was so stable and a safety net for us. Ibrahima (Diop) and Agustin (Iusem) gave us awesome minutes. I’m so proud of our guys tonight! “
Marshall’s clean sheet streak comes to an end. The herd went 760 minutes and 37 seconds without conceding a goal. Before tonight, the herd’s last goal conceded was at 41:48 in the first half against the No.4 West Virginia on September 17. The minutes, as well as the six consecutive games leading up to the game in Charlotte, are both on the program. records. The herd also downplayed a man after his eldest Vinicius Fernandes received a red card in the 55th minute. Charlotte was red carded in the 96th minute by Kameron Lacey, 30 seconds before Yosef drilled the golden goal.
The game started clean, even flawlessly in the first 12 minutes, and both teams were able to have chances in attack. Charlotte had the first shot on goal in the third minute which was stopped by the senior goalkeeper Olivier Semmlé. In the fifth minute, Fernandes landed a shot that just hit the crossbar.
The first yellow of the evening arrived in the 17th minute, issued to seniors Nathan Dossantos. Less than a minute later, Semmle made his second save with a nice dive to his right. The herd’s first shot on target was from junior Max Schneider in the 20th minute which was stopped by Charlotte goalkeeper Daniel Kuzemka.
Finally, in the 25th minute, Marshall had a nice touch passing from Fernandes to Yosef who found senior Jan-Erik Leinhos who made a quick blast from outside the 18-yard penalty area on the near side that beat Kuzemka in the corner. It was the first goal of the season for Leinhos. Fernandes scored his eighth assist and Yosef scored his fifth.
However, the 1-0 lead was short lived as the 49ers scored the equalizer in just two minutes and six seconds later.
The physical aspect of the match was accentuated as more fouls were called out and the yellows came out. Charlotte received her first yellow in the 30th minute against Delasi Batse who was the scorer. Fernandes picked up a yellow in the 39th minute. There were 11 fouls in total in the first half, including seven for the 49ers and four against Marshall.
The teams entered the break tied at 1-1.
Marshall and Charlotte fought throughout the second half, with each team again having a chance to take the lead. Semmle made his fourth save in the 48th minute. Six minutes later Fernandes received the red card and the Herd played a man down. However, each player has stepped up their efforts in an attempt to slow Charlotte’s offense.
In fact, Marshall got the first shot after the red as a senior Vitor Dias sent one in the 58th minute which was saved by Kuzemka. The herd also outscored Charlotte four to one in the final 35 minutes of regulation. The 49ers only shot during this streak in the 64th minute and were blocked by Dossantos.
Dias had two more chances in the second half with shots on target in the 71st minute and again in the 77th. Schneider had a great chance with a header from a set piece in the 81st minute. The Herd got a free kick after a yellow card against Charlotte, the third of the day issued to the 49ers. The kick was sent to the 18-yard penalty area and Dolabella made for the other side where Schneider then attempted to knock him down, but Kuzemka made another save.
The second half ended and the teams headed for extra time.
It was the fifth contest this season Marshall had made overtime and the first for Charlotte.
Dias took the first shot of the period in the 92nd minute which narrowly missed the left. In the 96th minute, Lacey received a red card after colliding with Semmle in the 6-yard box. The teams were back tied and the Herd continued their attack. Second year Gabriel Alves had a practice with the ball on the other side of the field, then made a superb pass into the box which found Yosef for the quick shot in the back of the net.
For Yosef, it was his third goal and his first game-winning goal of the year. It was the 19th goal of his career as well as his seventh game-winning goal. Alves collected his second assist of the year.
Marshall dominated Charlotte 15-9 and 7-5 on goal. Semmle finished the night with four saves to claim her ninth victory. There were 27 fouls in total in the match, Charlotte claimed 15 and Marshall 12. Seven cards in total were issued. The herd picked up two yolks and one red. The 49ers were given three yellows and one red.
Marshall’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, October 30 against South Carolina at Hoops Family Field. The senior day kicks off at 7 p.m.
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