A game-winning goal in the 77th minute knocked the No. 15 Kentucky Wildcats out of the Conference USA Semifinals as they fell to the No. 13 Marshall Thundering Herd 1-0 on Friday night in Norfolk, VA.
FINAL | MU 1, UK 0
Kentucky's C-USA Championship run ends in the semfinals at the hands of regular season champion Marshall. pic.twitter.com/JwJ5rR7ldq
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) November 15, 2019
Kentucky came in as the fourth-overall seed in the tournament with Marshall garnering the top-overall seed.
The first half was a scoreless affair. Despite Kentucky holding the advantage in terms of shots taken (7-2), neither team had a shot on goal. Kentucky also registered six corner kicks to Marshall’s three, but the Wildcats couldn’t convert any of those opportunities into points.
A late goal by Marshall sophomore Vinicius Fernandes in the second half pushed the Herd to a 1-0 lead that would ultimately win them the game as they advance to the Championship game on Sunday. It was Fernandes’ fifth goal of the season.
Kentucky had plenty of chances, winning the overall battle of shots taken (11-7) and corner kicks (8-6), however, only one of the Wildcats 11 shot attempts were registered on goal while four of Marshall’s seven shots were on goal.
This was the second matchup between the two teams this year. Marshall also won the first match less than two weeks ago by the same score of 1-0.
Marshall will take on the winner of No. 2 seed Charlotte and No. 3 seed FIU in the C-USA Tournament Championship game.