HUNTINGTON, W. VA. — The University of New Mexico men’s soccer team earned its first Conference USA victory of the season on the road, 2-1 at Marshall on Saturday night, marking head coach Jeremy Fishbein’s 299th career victory.
For the second-straight game, senior Sam Gleadle came in clutch, scoring the gamewinner in the 81st minute to break a 1-1 tie. In UNM’s last match against South Carolina last Friday, it was Gleadle that found the back of the net with 1:17 left in regulation to send the squads into overtime.
The Lobos improve to 5-3-1 on the season, 1-1-1 in C-USA play while Marshall, who has demonstrated a much-improved offense under first-year head coach Chris Grassie, falls to 5-4-1, 1-2-0 C-USA. Last season, the Thundering Herd finished 6-11-1 (1-6-1 C-USA) but has been led by freshman Lewis Knight who has tallied 19 points on eight goals and three assists this season.
“I’m really happy to get the win on the road. Marshall is very good at home and they are a much improved team with some dynamic players,” Fishbein said. “I think we controlled the game in the first half but they made it difficult to create really good scoring chances. At halftime, we identified some things, but made a fairly big mistake at the beginning of the second half and you don’t want to be in that situation where you are chasing the game.
“We got the first one back on a great play by Aaron Herrera and the second one was a really well-played ball from Devin Boyce. Sam Gleadle got across the keeper’s face and got a toe on it for the winner. This was by no means a comfortable or easy win. It’s a good reminder that there are no easy games and we can’t take these things for granted.”
Box score: UNM at Marshall