Marshall Women’s Soccer Falls to North Texas
The Herd out-shot North Texas, 11-6
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Marshall women’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to the North Texas Mean Green, Thursday evening, at Hoops Family Field.
With the loss, the Herd fell to 2-7 overall (0-2 Conference USA), while the Mean Green rose to 5-2-1 (1-0 C-USA).
The opening half contained very few opportunities for either side, with the teams posting just one shot on goal each. The Mean Green converted its only shot, as Katie Gernsbacher chipped a shot from 25 yards away over Herd sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bonelli just 11 minutes into the contest. The goal was the only offense of the half, as North Texas took a 1-0 lead into the intermission.
The Herd found more opportunities in the second half than it did in the first, but was unable to convert on any of them. Marshall peppered Mean Green goalkeeper Brooke Bradley with three shots in a five-minute span. Junior Jenna Zuzolo had her shot saved by Bradley in the 65th minute. Sophomores Farah Abu-Tayeh and Jordan Sackaris had shots saved in the 67th and 69th minutes, respectively. The three shots on goal were the best chances the Herd had, as North Texas closed out a 1-0 win over the Herd.
Through 90 minutes, Marshall out-shot North Texas, 11-6, and had 5-1 more shots on goal. The Mean Green had 2-1 more corner kicks and 16-5 more fouls.
Head coach Kevin Long
“I thought we played very well tonight. This had all the intensity of a high-caliber conference game. They’re a very direct team and they certainly have tons of speed and athleticism. We wanted to protect the space behind us defensively. Most of the goals we’ve allowed have come from inside ten yards, so we wanted to avoid giving up the short goals. They scored on a one-timer from outside the box with no pressure. It was a good effort tonight and we’re hoping it’s a step in the right direction.”
The Herd stay at home to welcome the Southern Miss Golden Eagles on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 1 p.m.