Sept. 27, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's soccer opened Conference USA play by completing its third consecutive shutout, a 1-0 defeat of the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs, Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
The Thundering Herd (6-2-1, 1-0-0 C-USA) hasn't allowed a goal in 203 minutes of play, since a 2-1 loss to La Salle Sept. 8.
"First conference win in the first game, so it's certainly a win we'll take," Marshall coach Kevin Long said. "We do have a three-game win streak, but we also have a one-game win streak in the conference. All season long we've been preparing for Conference USA play. We have a lot of young players, and they have to remember that while the non-conference is great, it's fun and it's nice to have that record, the conference is an entirely different ball game."
Junior forward Myka DeMarco (Dallas) stepped up for the Herd and converted a penalty kick in the 13th minute after the Lady Monarchs (0-7-1, 0-1-0 C-USA) were called for a foul in the back corner of Marshall's box. The goal marked a team-leading fourth score for DeMarco, her third game winner of the season. It was also her second consecutive game winner, as she netted the 1-0 deciding factor in the Herd's victory over defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio), Sept. 22.
Although the Lady Monarchs outshot the Herd (10-7) and took more corner kicks (4-2), Marshall's lone goal proved to be enough as ODU failed to find an equalizer. Junior forward Jessie Klamut and senior defender Amber Cook led the Lady Monarchs with two shots apiece. Goalkeeper Meredith Lenox (0-5-1) made three saves and took one goal against in the loss.
The reigning Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) (6-2-1, 1-0-0 C-USA), picked up an impressive third consecutive shutout, bringing her season total to six. She made one save on the day. The Herd has only allowed five goals in the season's nine matches, and all six of Marshall's wins are shutouts.
Next, Marshall hosts C-USA East Division leader UAB (7-3-0, 0-1-0 C-USA) at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, Sunday at 1 p.m.