Oct. 11, 2009
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TULSA, Okla.- Marshall University’s Megan Tabler (Ashland, Ky.) scored her fourth goal of the season but it wasn’t enough to overcome Tulsa’s three second half goals, as the Golden Hurricane defeat the Herd 4-1, in Sunday afternoon’s Conference USA women’s soccer match at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium.
The Thundering Herd drops to 11-3 on the season and 4-2 in C-USA. Tulsa has won three of its last four to improve to 6-6-2, 3-3 C-USA and stretch its series lead to 3-1 against MU.
“We had a chance to be at the top of the conference with UCF and be in good shape for the conference tournament,” head coach Kevin Long said. “Instead we are in the middle of the pack.”
Tabler gave the Herd an early 1-0 lead as she tallied her first conference goal of the season, blasting a shot from five yards out. Tabler placed two of her three shots of the afternoon on goal. Molly Snead (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered her fourth assist of the season on the play.
A Golden Hurricane corner kick bounced off a Marshall defender and past goalkeeper Liz Orton (Ft. Collins, Colo.) to even the match at one heading into halftime.
Courtney Chadney (Humble, Texas) scored her second goal in three games as she notched in the eventual game-winner on a penalty kick early in the second half. Chadney finished the game with one goal and one assist on three shots.
Shannon Locke (Port Coquitlan, Canada) and Hannah Taylor (Tulsa, Okla.) added insurance goals for the Golden Hurricane, scoring their first and second goals of the season respectively.
“We had a series of errors today that directly lead to goals,” Long said. “If you’re going to give away goals like we did today, I don’t care who you are playing you aren’t going to win games.”
This week’s C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Katie Bykowski (Tulsa, Okla.), finished the afternoon with four saves.
Marshall goes 1-1 on the weekend and returns to conference action as it travels to El Paso, Texas to take on UTEP on Friday October 16. The Herd concludes the weekend on Sunday with a trip to Colorado Springs, Colo. to battle Colorado College.