Sept. 22, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Thanks to junior Myka DeMarco’s (Dallas) third goal of the season, Marshall women’s soccer extended its scoring streak to eight matches in a 1-0 victory over defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio) Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
Following the win, the Thundering Herd concluded non-conference play and improved to 5-2-1. The RedHawks fell to 3-5-0. Marshall stopped Miami’s scoring streak at 25 matches – the RedHawks hadn’t been shut out since Sept. 14, 2012.
“We wanted to go forward with some momentum into conference play,” Marshall coach Kevin Long said. “If momentum is a real thing, we wanted to have a successful style of play going into that first weekend. We didn’t want to have to reevaluate and re-find a style, and I think we did today that against a good Miami of Ohio team.”
Two Herd forwards connected in the 23rd minute, when freshman Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) drove down the field and crossed the ball back from the right bottom corner of Miami’s box. DeMarco took control and struck from about 20 yards out, burying the ball into the top left corner of the net. With the goal, DeMarco tied with fellow forwards senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) and sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio), who lead the Herd with three goals apiece on the year.
“At the end of the day, our forwards are measured on the product they’re creating,” Long said. “You can’t argue with the product we’re getting from them. It was nice to see the great things come from them today.”
The RedHawks outshot the Herd (10-5) and took more corner kicks (9-5), but could not find their way past the Marshall defense. Kayla Zakrzewski and Kelsey Dinges took three shots apiece for Miami.
Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) (5-2-1) made three saves on the day and recorded her fifth shutout (second consecutive) of the season for the Herd. Notably, all five of Marshall’s victories are shutouts with Kish in the net.
RedHawk goalkeeper Allison Norenberg (2-5-0) made one save and took one goal against in the loss.
The Herd opens up Conference USA play at home, hosting Old Dominion and UAB at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex Friday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 29, respectively.