Women's Soccer Falls 3-1 To Rice Sunday





Sept. 28, 2008

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HOUSTON, Texas - The Marshall University women's soccer team fell to Conference USA rival, Rice University, 3-1, Sunday afternoon at the Rice Track/Soccer Stadium. The Thundering Herd's Molly Snead (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched her third goal of the season in the loss.

Marshall fell to 3-3-4 overall, 1-1-0 in C-USA, while the Owls improved to 5-4-0 overall, 1-1-0 in league play.

"We did not play very well today, but Rice has a roster full of great athletes," Marshall's interim head coach Kevin Long said. "We needed to be more aggressive in our attack this afternoon."

Rice's Amy Beger had the game-winning goal in the 12th minute as she shot it to the left side of the net from 18 yards out. Chealsey Russell assisted in the Owl's first goal. Beger also had five shots.

Snead responded with the tying goal in the 24th minute as she followed-up a shot from Missy Gordon (Carmel, Ind.). Snead finished with two shots, while Gordon ended with one shot on goal.

The Owl's took the lead back in the 28th minute from Shelly Wong's close range goal with assists from Erin Scott and Amy Beger. Scott finished with three shots, two placed on goal.

Shelly Wong notched her fifth goal of the season as she rebounded a shot from teammate Erin Scott in the 82nd minute to secure Rice's victory. Wong ended with five shots, three on goal.

Rice continues to lead the series over Marshall, 3-0, with the first meeting being in 2005.

Sophomore Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) led the Herd in shots with six, two being on goal.

The nation's 20th-ranked assists leader Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa.) had one shot placed on goal.

Marshall's Erin Blakely (Westerville, Ohio) also notched one shot on goal.

Co-captain keeper Liz Orton (Fort Collins, Colo.) tallied five saves, while Rice's Meghan Erkel had three and Catherine Fitzsimmons notched two.

The Owls outshot the Herd 18-to-11, with Marshall taking six on goal, while Rice took eight shots on goal.

"As a young team, this will hopefully be a lesson to show-up every match ready to play," coach Long added. "We have to regroup and be ready for another conference road trip next weekend."

Marshall will close out its eight-match road trip as the Herd travels to Orlando, Fla. and Hattiesburg, Miss. to continue its C-USA schedule against the University of Central Florida and the University of Southern Miss. Marshall will first face UCF, Friday, Oct. 3, at the UCF Soccer Complex. The Herd will then meet the Golden Eagles, Sunday, Oct. 5, at the Track & Field and Soccer Complex.

Herd fans can view and purchase photos from the 2008 women's soccer season at http://herdsportsphotos.exposuremanager.com/ under "2008 Women's Soccer."

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