Sept. 28, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Freshman Erin Simmons converted a penalty kick in the 79th minute against UAB and helped Marshall complete its second come-from-behind victory of the season with a 3-2 win at West Campus Field Friday night.
Simmons was one of two freshman to score in the Thundering Herd women’s soccer team’s second Conference USA victory of the season.
Marshall improved to 6-5-0 (2-1-0 C-USA) on the year while the Blazers dropped to 2-9-0 (1-2-0 C-USA).
Simmons’ match-winning goal came less than 11 minutes after UAB tied the match at 2-2 via a goal from freshman Johanna Liney. It was the sixth goal of the season for the Marshall forward and helped her keep pace with senior Chelsey Maiden for the team scoring lead. Maiden scored her sixth goal this year in the 60th minute to give the Herd the lead early in the second half.
UAB opened the scoring and took the lead late in the first half (40’) when Blazer senior Emma Jane Smith fed a crossing pass to junior Abby Phillips who scored her first goal of the season.
Marshall responded less than three minutes later (42’) when freshman Jenna Dubs delivered a corner kick into the penalty area which was finished off in a scramble by classmate Kelly Culicerto.
Second half action continued in much the same way the first half concluded. Less than 15 minutes into the period, Maiden took advantage of UAB goalkeeper Courtnie Northern’s misplay to put Marshall into the lead with her sixth goal of the season (60’). Culicerto had the assist.
Less than 10 minutes later, UAB leveled the affair with Liney’s team-leading fourth goal of the season. Paige Hanks recorded the assist on a crafty play that gave UAB hope in the second half.
Simmons would have the answer, though, in the 79th minute. Following a UAB foul in the penalty area, Simmons converted her third PK of her freshman season and gave Marshall a lead that would not be relinquished.
UAB outshot Marshall 15-11 overall and 7-6 in shots on goal.
Marshall took six corner kicks compared to UAB’s four.
Herd goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns made five saves in the winning effort while Northern made three.
Marshall will continue its C-USA schedule with a trip to Memphis on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.