Aug. 21, 2011
- Marshall's Angela DeSumma
(Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East HS) kicked off the 2011 regular season by hitting the game winning shot in the final minute of regulation to give The Herd a 3-2 come-from-behind victory against St. Francis University. The non-conference opponent had The Herd down 2-1 going into halftime, until DeSumma rattled off two second-half goals to give MU the victory.
MU had fireworks early as freshman Alyssa Cathey
(Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain HS) raced down the field to put away a DeSumma pass within the first four minutes of the opening period.
The Red Flashes quickly responded with two goals of their own, to give themselves a 2-1 advantage going into the half.
Goalkeeper, Betsy Haugh
(Earlysville, Ohio/ Albemarle HS) and the Marshall defense tightened their defense after the halftime break, holding SFU scoreless in the second period. DeSumma then in the 77th
minute drilled the equalizer to square the match at 2-2. The senior eventually hit the game-winner on an assist by Cathey with 30 seconds remaining in regulation, which proved to be the ticket to a "W".
The Herd held the advantage offensively on the afternoon with 17 shots, including seven on-goal. Comparatively, St. Francis's twisted 11 shots, but only found five on-goal. The two were even from the corners with seven each.
Individually, DeSumma finished the day with six total shots, two goals and an assist. Cathey added an additional five shots, one goal, and the game-winning assist. In the net, Haugh finished with three saves.
Coach Kevin Long
was thrilled to come away with the victory as he noted, "St. Francis had a great approach early on to attack our backline, however, our young talent pushed forward to create tough challenges to the opposing defense. This win was a testament to our team's perseverance, and it was a great test for these players as we prepare for the upcoming conference schedule."
Long went on to say, "I was excited to see Alyssa shake the nerves and come out of the gate with a her first collegiate goal. We are anxious to see her development while wearing a Marshall uniform. It was also fantastic to see Angela showcase how dangerous she can be both shooting and creating shots. Our goal from here is to only look forward, rather than focus on what lies behind us."
The Herd will be matching up against Virginia Commonwealth University on Friday, August 26, where they look to hold their ground in the VCU Tournament held in Richmond, Virginia.