Preston's Overtime Heroics Seal 1-0 Women's Soccer Victory
The Herd defeated Gardner-Webb 1-0 in overtime
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Freshman Molly Preston’s overtime goal sealed the Marshall women’s soccer team first win of the 2017 season Sunday, as it defeated Gardner-Webb, 1-0, at Hoops Family field.
With the win, Marshall rose to 1-4 overall, while Gardner-Webb fell to 0-5.
Marshall dominated the stat lines in the first half. Mary Lawman led the team in shots with three and all of them were on target. Rene Ross and Jenna Zuzolo also added to the shot total by collecting 2 shots apiece. The Herd hit the bar two separate times throughout the first half as well. Marshall finished the half with nine total shots and three corner kicks.
The Thundering Herd once again managed to hit the post early in the second half, after Seltzer belted a shot from outside the box. Jordan Sackaris managed to get in behind the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ defense late in the game but her shot was answered by Keely Brown. Brown totaled nine saves through the first 90 minutes of the contest. Marshall totaled 19 shots after 90 minutes but to no avail as the Herd could not convert its chances. Lawman once again led the team in shots with five, Sackaris and Zuzolo each managed four at the end of regulation.
Marshall finally broke down the Gardner-Webb backline in overtime when Ross passed the ball through to Molly Preston who went on the finish her first goal of the year and the match winner in 91st minute of overtime.
“I think on Friday night we upped the pressure that we were putting on our opponents and that showed by us winning the higher up the field. I think that’s probably the biggest factor in getting more shots off Dayton and today. [It’s] just dominating on that stat category as well. We won the ball higher and it gave us a shorter field and we were able to go right to goal. We hit three posts early and thought they were great shots from dynamic players. I was pleased to see that effort. I think when you start 0-4 and you know you are a better team than that, I think you need to be ready for a season where nothing comes easy. I think we saw that in the first half.”
On the offensive dominance:
“I think we have done a better job defensively which is giving us better opportunities higher up the field to take the ball and create our chances. The first several games, we didn’t get very many shots off at all. That was one of the bigger focuses that we wanted to emphasize in training, win it higher and better organization defensively. Of course that may translate into better performance in front of your own net.
“Conceding zero goals today was great, considering we have given up a lot of goals all year. We knew we had to start with the defensive end and we did it properly. We have taken great pride in our defense over the years.”
The Herd is back in action this Friday, Sept. 8, against the Ohio Bobcats in Huntington, W.Va. at Hoops Family Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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