Sackaris' Strikes Seals Second Conference Win for Women's Soccer|
Oct. 8, 2017
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Sophomore Jordan Sackaris’ two goals helped the Marshall women’s soccer team earn its second league victory when it defeated Middle Tennessee in a 2-1 overtime thriller on Sunday afternoon at Dean A. Hayes Track & Soccer Stadium.
With the win, the Herd’s record rose to 4-8-1 (2-3-1 Conference USA), while the Blue Raiders fell to 6-6 (3-2 C-USA). The victory gave Marshall three points on the road and helped move it into a tie for eighth place in the league.
Marshall just needed three minutes to break the deadlock after play began. After sophomore Farah Abu-Tayeh’s shot hit the crossbar, Sackaris tapped in the goal after the deflection fell at her feet at the 2:35 mark. The goal gave Sackaris her fourth goal of the season.
The Blue Raiders’ had a chance in the 44th minute when Peyton DePriest attempted a shot, but senior goalkeeper Emily Moreland came up with the save. That 1-0 score remained for the rest of the half, as Marshall held onto the lead.
After 45 minutes, both sides took four shots each and had one shot on goal apiece.
After the second half began, it took only 23 minutes for the Blue Raiders to equalize. Middle Tennessee made the game 1-1 after it was rewarded a corner kick, which Sydney Navarro volleyed into the back of the net. Sophomore Gabby Powers had the Herd’s best chance of the second half when she attempted a shot in the 87th minute, but it was saved. The contest remained even at 1-1 for the rest of regulation, which sent the game into overtime.
During the overtime period, junior Julianna Smith tried to put the game away, but her chance in the 97th minute went wide. After Smith’s shot, Marshall needed to wait for less than a minute for the final result. Sackaris sealed the victory for the Herd in the 97:50 mark after she volleyed in a cross from freshman Rene Ross to collect her fifth goal of the season and second game-winning goal, respectively.
Moreland, who was making her second start of the season, earned her second win of the season and made a career-high seven saves. The senior’s previous career-high was four saves against Longwood on Aug. 26, 2016.
Middle Tennessee out-shot Marshall 16-9 and had 9-4 more shots on goal.