Oct. 5, 2012
HOUSTON -- A late goal from Marshall sophomore Alyssa Cathey was not enough as the Rice women’s soccer team defeated the Thundering Herd 4-1 on a cool and clear Friday night at Rice Soccer Stadium.
Marshall fell to 6-7-0 (2-3-0 Conference USA) while Rice remained in a second-place tie in league action and improved to 7-5-2 (4-1-0 C-USA).
Cathey scored her third goal of the season in the 69th minute when she guided a rocket to the far post from roughly 25 yards out. The strike, which she buried in the back corner of the side netting, came after a corner kick from freshman Jenna Dubs and a failed clearance by the Owl defense. Senior Sarah Vinson was credited with the assist.
The goal ignited an offensive fury for the Herd, which outshot Rice 4-1 over the ensuing 20 minutes of play, but Rice senior Amy Beger’s goal in the 89th minute gave Rice insurance and ended Marshall’s late-game resilience.
Rice opened the scoring in the 18th minute on a header from freshman Holly Hargreaves. Assists came from senior Julia Barrow and junior Hayley Williams.
In the close of the first half (42’), the Owls doubled their advantage with a goal from Lauren Hughes, another freshman.
Sophomore Gabriela Iribarne assisted Hughes’ would-be match-winner before scoring one of her own early in the second half (47’).
Marshall was outshot 16-9 overall and 7-6 in shots on frame. Rice also took six corner kicks compared to the Herd’s three.
Marshall senior GK Lindsey Kerns made three saves in the loss.
Marshall will resume its trip in the Lone Star State with a match against Houston Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.