Aug 25, 2013
Huntington, W.Va. - Senior Kristine Culicerto netted two goals for Marshall in a 3-0 shutout of Kent State Sunday at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
"I think today really boosted her confidence," head coach Kevin Long said. "The Culicerto family is such a great Marshall family. What we're seeing is impacts from both [Kelly and Kristine] on both sides of the field. Kristine's also coming back from an injury so there's storyline after storyline with the Culicertos."
Culicerto's first goal came at the 10th minute when she headed-in a corner kick off sophomore Jenna Dubs. Not much action followed the rest of the half, with the Thundering Herd's only shot on goal being Culicerto's header.
"If we're going to compete in the conference this year we've got to have back-to-back quality performances like this weekend," Long said. "In the second half I thought we brought out that quality that we're going to expect day-in and day-out."
The second half brought about freshman Sydney Arnold's first collegiate goal at the 65th minute, when she capitalized on a pass from fellow freshman Kayla Byrnside. Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (1-1-0) got a hand on Arnold's high cross shot, but it fell in anyway.
Not four minutes later, Culicerto struck again on a cross pass from junior Myka DeMarco, sealing the match at 3-0. The last time a member of the Herd scored two goals in a match was Sept. 23, 2012, when Chelsey Maiden and current sophomore Erin Simmons both netted twice in a 4-1 victory vs. UTEP.
The Herd had a few more chances to score at the end of the match with a flurry of shots by junior Alyssa Cathey and senior Morgan Cain. Cain hit the crossbar twice in the final four minutes.
The Flashes couldn't come up with many scoring chances, with three total shots on goal. Marshall goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (2-0-0) made three saves on the day for her second consecutive shutout.
Marshall led Kent State in shots (17-11) and both teams took six corner kicks. Senn made four saves on the day and tallied three goals against her.
The Herd (2-0-0) finished the weekend with two victories, both 3-0, vs. Campbell (0-1-0) and Kent State (1-1-0). Marshall stays at home next weekend with matches vs. James Madison (Friday, Aug. 30, 7 p.m. ET) and Akron (Sunday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m. ET).