Women's Soccer Drops Tulsa Sunday, 2-1





Oct. 12, 2008

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's soccer team earned its third Conference USA victory of the season over the University of Tulsa, 2-1, Sunday morning at Sam Hood Field. The Thundering Herd improve to 5-5-4 overall, 3-3-0 in conference, while the Golden Hurricane dropped to 6-7-2 in the season, 1-4-1 in league play.

Sunday's victory marks the first time since 2002 the Herd has won three conference matches. Marshall went 3-7-2 in the Mid-American Conference that season.

Sunday's contest was the conclusion to Marshall's inaugural Breast Cancer Awareness weekend, where the Herd wore pink jerseys to recognize the devastating disease. The program's Kicks Against Breast Cancer auction includes the pink jerseys the players wore this weekend and bidding will end at midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 15. For more information about the auction and to place a bid, visit the women's soccer page at herdzone.com.

"We solved our issues from Friday night's loss to SMU," Marshall's interim head coach Kevin Long said. "Today's level of play is what we need to play in every conference match to win."

Tulsa took to the board first when Alyvia Rogers placed her first goal of the season in the top left corner of the net. The 19th minute goal was a rebound off Jennifer Kacergis' corner kick.

Marshall would answer in the 33rd minute as sophomore forward Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) beat the defense and blasted her eighth goal of the season. The nations 13th-ranked assists per game leader, freshman forward Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa.), added an assist on the goal. DeSumma now has nine assists so far this season and also tallied three shots, one on goal in the contest.

The Herd clinched the victory at the 39:51 mark as sophomore Marisa Leconte (Greer, S.C.) drilled her first goal of the season from 35 yards out to the top right of the net. Senior forward Ali Lizotte (Iron Station, N.C.) assisted the midfielder on the go-ahead score. Lizotte added five shots, two on goal in the victory.

"We had a deep bench today," Coach Long continued. "This was a great Tulsa team and I am pleased with our performance."

Despite the loss, the Golden Hurricane still lead the all-time series with Marshall, 2-1, dating back to 2005.

The Herd dominated play by out-shooting Tulsa 22-13, with eight being on goal. The Golden Hurricane notched 10 shots on goal.

Leconte ended with three shots, two on goal, while freshman forward Freya Holdaway (Llandrindod Wells) tallied three shots, one on goal.

Co-captain Liz Orton (Fort Collins, Colo.) registered nine saves, while the Golden Hurricane's Kendall Harclerode had six.

"It's great to finally win at home," Coach Long added. "We stood strong and stopped Tulsa from coming back today."

The Herd finished its C-USA home opener, 1-1, after falling to Southern Methodist University Friday evening, 3-2.

Marshall resumes its four-match home stand against conference rivals, UTEP and Colorado College next weekend at Sam Hood Field. The "Kick For A Car" half-time contest, courtesy of Bob Clyse Buick Pontiac GMC of Ironton, Ohio, continues at both matches against the Miners and Tigers.

Herd fans can view and purchase photos from the 2008 women's soccer season at http://herdsportsphotos.exposuremanager.com/ under "2008 Women's Soccer."

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