The FIU men’s soccer squad (5-5) picked up their first conference win (1-1) under head coach Ken Arena, as they defeated the Marshall Thundering Herd 4-0.
“We’ve waited too long for this win. But, it feels very good.” Said junior forward Quentin Albrecht. “4-0 is a really nice result.”
The Panthers got ahead quick in this game and never looked back. In the 15th minute Albrecht netted his 4th goal of the season to give FIU a 1-0 lead, the four goals are tied for the team lead.
FIU remained on the attack, scoring another goal just six minutes later. Senior Gonzalo Frechilla was able to score off an assist from Freshman Marvin Hezel. The goal was Frechilla’s 2nd of the season.
“When we’re winning we have to play like were winning,” Said coach Ken Arena. “At half time we said worst case scenario this game ends 2-0.”
The Panthers took a 2-0 lead into half time. However, it wouldn’t be long before they added to that lead. Hezel was able to score his 2nd goal of the season in the 46th minute to give FIU a 3-0 advantage. In the 88th minute Junior Sean McFarlane would put the final nail in the coffin, as he scored his 2nd goal of the season to put FIU on top 4-0.
“This is the most complete game that we’ve played thus far.” Said Arena. “Its nice to be better than the other team on our home field. We have to make sure that we get our wins at home.”
Not only was the offense clicking, but the defense also recorded its third shutout in four games. The shutout was second consecutive shutout for Lawrence Cragg.
“Its something we’ve been striving for all season.” Said Cragg “It was a struggle at first, we conceded a lot of goals but we’ve been working really hard in practice and the guys have been fighting hard, its been really competitive. I’m really happy, I think we took a step forward.”
FIU looks to keep on rolling as they head to Albuquerque, New Mexico to take on another tough conference opponent the New Mexico Lobos (5-3-2) (1-0-1) who was ranked as high 9th at one point this season. The game is set to kick off at 9:00 p.m.