Marshall Drops Hard-Fought Contest to Memphis

Emma White

Emma White

Oct. 9, 2005

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women's soccer fell to Memphis by a score of 2-1 this afternoon at Sam Hood Field.

"I was happy with the performance, but disappointed with the outcome. We deserved to win. We need to find a way to finish and hopefully we can get a ball to bounce our way soon," Head Coach Chris Kane said.

The Tigers (7-4-0/1-1-0) opened scoring up 29 minutes into the first half when Kylie Hayes received a short pass from Alexandra Atkinson and finished from 10 yards out.

It did not take the Herd long to answer. In the 33rd minute of the first half Marshall (1-11-0/0-4-0) was awarded a penalty kick for a foul inside the penalty box. Freshman Emma White (Newport, Wales/Caerleon) took the p.k., placing the ball to the left of Memphis goalkeeper Joanna Alexopulos for the score. The goal was White's first of the season.

Melissa Savage gave Memphis the go ahead goal in the 40th minute of play in the first half. Robyn Smart and Atkinson assisted Savage for the score.

The second half of play went by scoreless for both teams. Goalkeeper Kai Nordness (Burnsville, Minn./Burnsville) made three big saves in the second half to keep Marshall within one goal of the Tigers.

Overall Nordness made eight saves in the match, while Alexopulos had four. The Herd was out-shot 18 -7 on the day. Memphis registered 10 shots on goal to Marshall's five.



"I was proud of the way the team responded following Friday night's performance. The girls gave a great effort in today's game," Kane said.

Marshall faces Southern Miss at 4 p.m. Friday in Hattiesburg, Miss. in its next match. Following the Southern Miss game, the Herd will travel to UCF on Sunday to close out the road swing.