Marshall places four on All C-USA men’s soccer
HUNTINGTON—Marshall University had four players chosen for the All-Conference USA men’s soccer team.
Junior goalkeeper Paulo Pita was named second team while juniors Illal Osmanu and Carlos Diaz-Salcedo were on the third team by All-Freshman Team member Vinicius Fernandes.
“I couldn’t be more proud of these lads,” Marshall head coach Chris Grassie said in a HerdZone.com release. “But there are a few more on our team who were overlooked this year, but these four guys know it’s a team game and that they are receiving this recognition in part because of the work of their teammates.”
Pita finished the regular season with 59 saves and a .747 save percentage. He allowed 20 goals and sports a 1.30 goalsagainst average. Pita had three shutouts and added six victories during his first season with the Thundering Herd. The Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil, native had a career night against No. 3 Kentucky with 14 saves.
“Paulo is a beast,” Grassie said. “He’s probably the best shot-stopper in all of college soccer. He consistently makes the big saves in games, and our guys know that if it gets behind us, he can come up with something special to keep the ball out.”
Osmanu is a force for the Herd defense. Along with his skills on defense, the native of Accra, Ghana, contributed two header goals.
Diaz-Salcedo, a defender from Barcelona, Spain, was also an all-conference second team pick in 2017. He was named to the C-USA All-Academic team on Monday.
“Carlos is a true warrior,” Grassie said. “He’s like a matador— he has the tenacity when he’s defending, but can be an artist on the ball as well.”
Fernandes started 16 matches for the Herd (7-8-3). The freshman midfielder from Sao Paulo, Brazil, has three goals and two assists going into the conference tournament.
Marshall is seeded fifth in the C-USAtournament at Charlotte with a 2 p.m. Wednesday match against No. 4 FIU. The match will be an ESPN+ broadcast.
MORGANTOWN — Marshall (10-17) plays West Virginia University (10-13) in a 6 p.m. Wednesday women’s volleyball non-conference match in theWVU Coliseum.
Marshall’s final regular season match is 6 p.m. Friday at Charlotte.