The FIU men’s soccer upset No. 1 Marshall and wins the C-USA title in the regular season
The FIU men’s soccer team, which was ranked 19th, secured the regular season championship of the Conference USA 2021 with a dominant 4-1 win over the defending NCAA Division I national champion Marshall, who was in 1st place, on Friday evening in front of a loud sold-out audience at the FIU football stadium.
The Panthers, who have a 12-2-2 overall record for the season and a flawless 7-0-1 mark in the league, will now enter the postseason as the number 1 seed in the Conference USA Championship next week in Charlotte . NC, (November 5-10) after the second regular C-USA season title in program history.
“It’s hard to put into words how exciting and fun tonight was,” said Kyle Russell, head coach of FIU men’s football. âOur field, our stands, our stadium – it was full. The band, the cheerleaders, the alumni, family friends, the student body, there was no seating tonight, it was full. It was an incredible atmosphere for football. ”
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“Marshall is a great team, they are # 1 in the country, but other than that, we’ve been training for them all year,” added Russell. “Every training session was important. We compete in games like every game was a championship game. So that was nothing new for us. It was a total team effort.”
In the early part of the game, the FIU were down 1-0 after a successful penalty from Marshall 12:12 in regular time.
The Panthers would take control from there with two goals in the first half before adding two more goals in the final 45 minutes.
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The blues and gold overtook the herd for the game 24-11, earning seven corner chances over Marshall’s two.
The FIU has inflicted his first loss in the last 13 games on Marshall and his first loss in conference play since October 26, 2019 – a spread of 17 games.