Women's Soccer Defeats Winthrop University, 1-0
The Thundering Herd ties its best start in school history
Sept. 4, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.- Marshall University senior Molly Snead (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored her first goal of the season in leading the Herd to a 1-0 victory over the Winthrop Eagles in Friday night’s non-conference women’s soccer match at Sam Hood Field.
The Herd improves to 4-0 on the season, tying its best start in school history. The Eagles remain winless on the season, dropping to 0-2-1.
“Our start to the season is a major accomplishment from where we were last year,” Marshall Head Coach Kevin Long said.
MU controlled the ball throughout the first half and had a number of scoring opportunities, including three centering passes from Snead, but was unable to capitalize on any of them.
Snead’s goal came in the 61st minute when a Freya Holdaway’s pass deflected off a Winthrop defender and found its way to Snead. Snead dribbled through two Eagle defenders and slotted her shot past goalkeeper Kelsy Weavil (Raleigh, N.C.). Snead’s goal moves her up to third in Marshall’s all-time game winning goal list with four. She led the Herd with five shots, placing them all on goal.
Marshall outshot Winthrop 18-4, including 7-1 in shots on goal.
“These games are learning steps for us because these wins won’t get us into the conference tournament come November and that’s where we want to be,” Long said. “We want to still be playing in November.”
Goalkeeper Liz Orton (Ft. Collins, Colo.) earned her 4th shutout of the year and the 12th of her career.
The Herd returns to action when it travels to the Patrick D. Cupp Memorial Stadium on Sunday to take on the defending Big South Champions, Radford. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m.
Photo’s from tonight’s match are available at www.HerdZone.com.
Sunday’s match will be covered on the Big South Network at http://www.bigsouthsports.com/liveEvents/liveEvents.dbml?&&&DB_OEM_ID=4800.