Sept. 5, 2011
Morgantown, W. Va. - Amidst the severe weather that the entire state of West Virginia encountered within the last 24 hours, athletics still continues. After watching Sunday night’s football game between WVU and MU get delayed, and then eventually decided, the women’s soccer team followed suit. The Herd travelled to Morgantown to face the No. 24 Mountaineers on Sunday, Sept. 4, but would not be able to compete until the following day.
Marshall and West Virginia both battled the sloppy conditions that only accrued throughout Labor Day, yet it was the Mountaineers who came away with the 3-0 victory. The Herd put up a defensive battle, however, could not stick with WVU down the stretch.
The Mountaineers put the pressure on The Herd early, as a Marshall defender was unable to clear a ball and unfortunately put it in the MU net. West Virginia would strike once more in the first period, as Emily Dillon put in a rebounded shot that was initially saved by Herd goalie Betsy Haugh (Earlysville, Va./Albemarle HS).
WVU nabbed one more insurance goal in the second period as Meghan Lewis finished a Bri Rodriguez pass that came off of another Haugh save.
Despite the 3-0 defeat Marshall managed to fire 11 shots, including two on-goal. Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East HS) has led the way for The Herd in shots fired this season and the trend continued today as she rattled off five shots. Robin Waskowski (Strongsville, Ohio/Strongsville HS) also was among the Marshall players to get in the action with two shots, one being on goal.
Betsy Haugh put on an individual performance, as she recorded a personal collegiate best eight saves.
Coach Kevin Long saw great strides throughout the day's performance noting, “Credit WVU for their talents, as they have a great team. However, each one of the goals they tallied was difficult as two were off of a great save by Betsy, and one was due to an unfortunate clear.”
Long further said, “Our girls showed heart and a great competitive desire. They showed through Friday and today’s game that they can play with anyone. Looking ahead, we need to find ways for our players to get good shots in the net.”
Marshall will look to end their current skid and get another tally in the win column as it travels to Richmond, Kentucky to take on the Colonels of Eastern Kentucky in a 5 P.M. match Friday, Sept. 9.