Sept. 15, 2013
Lynchburg, Va. - In a thrilling sequence, senior forward Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) recorded the gamewinning goal after 98 minutes to steal a victory, 1-0, from the Liberty Lady Flames Sunday at Osborne Stadium.
"The goal was phenomenal," Marshall coach Kevin Long said. "Kristine [Culicerto] did a great job of getting on the other end of it, and we walked away very happy."
The Thundering Herd moved to 4-2-1, tallying the first overtime win since Oct. 25, 2009, when Marshall defeated UAB, 1-0, in double overtime. Liberty fell to 5-2-0 on the season, ending a five-game win streak. Culicerto is the first player to score against the Lady Flames in 450 minutes, since their season-opening 1-0 loss versus Charlotte, Aug. 23.
Marshall controlled the tempo for most of the first half, taking six shots versus Liberty's three. The Herd appeared to score on a long shot late in the first half, but it was called offside, and the scoreboard showed 0-0 after 45 minutes. Regulation play ended with the score locked at nil apiece, and the teams headed to overtime.
With just under two minutes to spare in the first overtime period, a yellow card called on Liberty's Maddie Boone set up a free kick for the Herd just outside the 18-yard mark in front of the goal. Sophomore Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) stepped up for Marshall and set up the sequence, sailing the ball high, and Culicerto knocked it in with a header to seal the deal. Dubs recorded her second assist of the year while Culicerto tallied her third goal.
"All our forwards played well," Long said. "Our numbers showed many scoring opportunities, and I think we were more dangerous today than we've been recently. Coming into Lynchburg and facing a team that was on a five-game win streak was challenging. We're trying to use this game as a way to move forward into our last game of non-conference play."
Marshall outshot the Lady Flames, 16-12, and took five corner kicks. The Herd is 4-0-1 when outshooting the opponent this season.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (4-2-1) (Boyertown, Pa.) notched her fourth shutout of the season with five saves. Notably, all four of Marshall's victories have been shutouts. For Liberty, Holly Van Noord made six saves and took one goal against.
Next, the Herd returns home to host the Miami (OH) RedHawks Sunday, Sept. 22, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex at noon.