Sept. 29, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In a Sunday afternoon match filled with offensive opportunity, the Marshall women’s soccer team (6-3-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) suffered its first loss in three matches, 1-0, to the UAB Blazers (8-3-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) in Conference USA play at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
For the first time in nine matches, the Thundering Herd failed to find the back of the net, despite outshooting the Blazers, 21-14. Six different players took shots for Marshall in the 90-minute span. The Herd’s 21 shots marked the most taken by the team since Sept. 2, 2011, when it dropped a 1-0 decision to Ohio.
“Looking at the numbers, it’s great that they got those offensive attempts,” Marshall coach Kevin Long said. “They’re getting more dangerous, but the output is poor. You’re shooting that often and not getting on the board…we need product from that. We took a total as a team, 21 shots, and to get a zero out of that…I give a lot of credit to the UAB defense and goalkeeper, but we didn’t really challenge them.”
Junior forward Myka DeMarco (Dallas) led Marshall’s offensive battle, taking a team-high seven shots. Her performance marked the most shots by a member of the Herd since Oct. 23, 2011, when Angela DeSumma struck six times.
In the 78th minute, UAB’s Johanna Liney took control of the ball near Marshall’s 18-yard-line and connected, sending it just over Herd junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.), into the top right corner of the goal. The goal marked the Marshall’s first goal allowed in 281 minutes, since a 2-1 loss to La Salle, Sept. 8. The Herd battled but seemed to lose most of its momentum following the goal, only taking one shot in the remaining 12 minutes.
Kish (6-3-1, 1-1-0 C-USA) made three saves on the day, and took one goal against. UAB’s Courtnie Northern (3-2-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) had a clean slate, making five saves. Both teams took three corner kicks and fouled six times.
Next, the Herd makes its first Conference USA road trip, traveling to traveling to Louisiana Tech (Ruston, La.) and Southern Miss (Hattiesburg, Miss.) Oct. 4 and 6, respectively.