It was an excellent week for Tulane soccer because the Wave snapped a month-lengthy dropping streak with a 31-24 additional time victory at East Carolina on Saturday night time.
It was the primary win at East Carolina in class historical past, however senior linebacker Rae Juan Marbley had a fair higher week.
First, the Destrehan product welcomed his first youngster into the world final Wednesday, and on Saturday, he had three tackles in additional time to spark a objective-line cease to protect the win.
“It has been a tremendous week,” Marbley stated. “My little woman was born Wednesday at 1:14 p.m., after which I needed to rally round my guys. We got here out and had a terrific recreation. Simply the entire expertise is unforgettable. After the sport, I went within the locker room and cried. It was simply an unbelievable week for me. It was a dream.”
Marbley was introduced with an Indignant Wave onesie after the victory as an alternative of a recreation ball, and his 12-deal with efficiency earned him American Athletic Convention Defensive Participant of the Week honors by the convention workplace and School Sports activities Insanity.
“I’ve had this little saying all season – ‘The rationale why I hustle is so my little woman can reside in paradise,'” he stated. “That is been my mindset to return out and hustle for her and the blokes round me. The blokes within the locker room have been taking good care of me throughout this. It is simply been superb to make use of that as a motivation.”
Tulane’s protection seemed motivated Saturday because the Wave recorded 12 cross breakups towards the Pirates (2-eight, 1-5). Donnie Lewis recorded six as Tulane held East Carolina to 389 yards of offense to assist overcome three Wave turnovers.
DONTRELL HILLIARD NEARS CENTURY MARK: After struggling the previous two weeks, the senior operating again broke by way of towards the Pirates for 189 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries because the Wave completed with 325 yards dashing.
Hilliard is simply three yards shy of 1,000 yards on the season.
“The entire season I have been targeted on the workforce getting higher, and I have been slowly chipping away at (the 1,000-yard mark),” he stated. “Now I lastly have a chance to interrupt 1,000 so that might be good.”
He would turn into the fifth Tulane operating again to complete with greater than 1,000 yards in a season becoming a member of Andre Anderson (2009), Matt Forte (2007), Mewelde Moore (2002, 2001) and Eddie Worth (1949, 1948).
Hilliard additionally has an opportunity to complete as excessive as third on the Tulane profession-dashing listing. He at present sits fifth with 2,854 profession yards behind Orleans Darkwa (2,953 yards) and Eddie Worth (three,095 yards) with two common-season video games remaining.
BOWL HOPES REMAIN ALIVE: In addition to ending a 4-recreation dropping streak, Saturday’s win additionally stored Tulane’s bowl hopes alive. The Wave (four-6, 2-four) might want to win out to realize one of many workforce’s preseason objectives.
“It is good to be enjoying significant video games in November,” Tulane coach Willie Fritz stated. “And like I stated earlier than, Houston is a superb ball membership. They seem to be a gifted workforce and have one of many prime defensive gamers within the nation. They’re a powerful group….