Sept. 16, 2012
AKRON, Ohio -- Goals from freshman Kelly Culicerto and sophomore Alyssa Cathey lifted the Thundering Herd women’s soccer team past the Akron Zips 2-0 Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium on Cub Cadet Field.
Marshall picked up its second road victory of the season and improved to 4-4-0. Akron lost for the first time in its last three games and fell to 4-3-0.
Culicerto added her second goal in as many games when she headed in senior Chelsey Maiden’s corner kick in the 11th minute. The goal was her third of the season and tied her with fellow freshman Erin Simmons for the team’s scoring lead. Maiden’s assist was her fourth this year.
Akron nearly equalized in the 27th minute when Ashley Hughes beat Marshall goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns only to hear her shot crash off the iron of the crossbar.
Marshall opened up the second half the same way it did the first, needing just over eight minutes to double the lead. The goal, off the foot of Cathey, came less than a minute after Akron defender Katie George’s shot from 35 yards out caromed off the top of the crossbar. Cathey’s strike (54’) came on the counterattack from roughly the same distance as George’s. Junior Casey Walsh was credited with the assist.
Maiden led all players with five shots in the Herd’s victory. Maiden, Culicerto, Cathey, and Simmons each had two shots on goal.
Simmons looked to add to Marshall’s lead in the 56th minute, but a brilliant save by Akron goalkeeper Alex Luevano-Harden denied the long-range shot.
The Herd peppered Luevano-Harden and the Akron defense with 18 shots and 11 corner kicks in the contest. Twelve of the shots and seven of the corners were taken in the second half alone.
Akron took 10 shots and was awarded five corner kicks.
Kerns earned her second shutout of the season with five saves. Luevano-Harden made seven saves among the nine shots on goal she faced.
Marshall will return home for a pair of weekend matches on September 21 and 23 when it will face Conference USA foes Colorado College and UTEP. Details are available on HerdZone.com.