@HerdWSoccer Keeps Streak Alive with 2-1 Comeback Win
Culicerto ties MU record with eighth career game-winner
JOHNSON CITY, Ten. – Senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) tied a Marshall women’s soccer record with her eighth career game-winning goal in the Thundering Herd’s 2-1 comeback victory over East Tennessee State on Friday at Summers-Taylor Stadium.
Marshall (6-1-0) has won six straight, its longest stretch since claiming the first seven outings of 2009. ETSU dropped its second consecutive match, falling to 4-3-0. Friday was the first meeting between the two teams.
Culicerto is tied with Erika Duncan (2007-10) – now assistant coach for the Herd – and Angela DeSumma (2008-11) with eight career game-winners. She has scored in back-to-back matches and leads the team with 41 shots this season.
The first half moved slowly up until the 42nd minute when the Bucs’ Simona Koren scored her first goal of the season on a header from Molly Collinson. ETSU took its 1-0 lead into halftime, despite the Herd’s 11-7 lead on the shot chart.
Just two minutes into the second half, sophomore Katie Suchodolski (Langhorne, Pa.) evened things up with her first career goal, assisted by a Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) corner kick. From that point, the Herd kept things on the offensive side of the pitch, outshooting the Bucs 10-3 in the second half.
In the 65th minute, Culicerto struck from 20 yards out and nailed the go-ahead goal, assisted by junior Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Pa.). Marshall held on through multiple close calls and sealed the comeback victory, 2-1. It was the Herd’s first win this season when trailing at halftime (1-1-0).
Senior keeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa) played all 90 minutes in goal for the Herd, making three saves and taking one goal against her.
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Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:
On the team’s resilience, rebounding from a 1-0 halftime deficit:
“So we go down, and they score a good goal, but we’re dominating the stats in the first half. We were taking a lot of pressure from them and weren’t getting a lot of good looks. We were taking a lot of shots, but not a lot of shots at the keeper. At halftime, we talked about our challenges: to find our game and stop letting the other team dictate. Then we came right out of the gate and Katie [Suchodolski] scored a great goal with great athleticism. And the second goal, Kelly’s [Culicerto] goal, was great too, and we had great assists on that. In the second half, I thought we played much better so they had to defend us for much longer periods of time, and they stopped showing everything at us. The resiliency was great to see. We knew we were up against a tougher team than the competition we had last week, and that’s great to see before we start conference play. I’m proud of them.”
On assistant coach Erika Duncan’s reaction to Kelly Culicerto tying her game-winning goals record:
“Duncs, as an alum, wants to see her records broken. She was so excited for Kelly tonight. From Duncs’ perspective, it’s awesome for people to break her records because it means the program is having success. Having her as a coach has had a huge impact on our program.”
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Marshall will travel to Boone, N.C., to face the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Sunday at 1 p.m. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.