Oct. 13, 2006
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HUNTINGTON- Marshall University's Kassie Hollman received a pass from Julia Axelsson in the 85th minute of play that led to the breakaway goal that lifted the Thundering Herd to its first Conference USA victory over Southern Miss 1-0 Friday night at Sam Hood Field.
"I am so proud of the effort tonight," Chris Kane said. "We played with a lot of heart, intensity and focus for a full 90 minutes. We deserved to win this game tonight."
From the initial game-starting whistle the Herd (5-6-1/1-3-0) challenged every ball earning numerous scoring opportunities. Just 15 minutes in Marshall was awarded a free kick at the top of Southern Miss' (4-9-1/0-5-0) penalty box. Hollman took the kick, bending the ball towards the goal, but not enough.
Molly Snead carried the ball down the sideline in the 22nd minute of the match beating her defender and launching a shot at Golden Eagle goalkeeper Christina Duvall. The ball rolled up Duvall's body as she was making the diving save and trickled out of bounds.
In the 25th minute of play, Hollman took the sixth corner kick of the night. She sent the ball sailing towards the goal, hitting the near post. Marshall was able to clear the ball back to Hollman, where she once again sent the ball to the goal, but hit the back post.
At halftime Marshall led the Golden Eagles in shots 10-1. The Herd earned five corner kicks and only gave up two.
The Herd came close to taking the lead just five minutes into the second half when Hollman sent a corner kick into the Southern Miss box. Axelsson got a head on the ball forcing Duvall to make the save, but she could keep her hands on it, sending the ball to Molly Snead. Snead took a shot, but had it blocked keeping the game scoreless.
The remainder of the half was spent with Marshall pounding shots on Southern Miss, but unable to get them to the back of the net.
The combination of Axelsson and Hollman finally came together in the 85th minute of play. Axelsson won a ball in the middle of the field and passed it to Hollman who was double-teamed. Hollman beat both defenders on a run and took a shot to the lower left corner, beating Duvall. The goal marks Hollman's eighth goal of the season and Axelsson's fourth assist of the season.
Marshall tightened up its defense for the next five minutes to preserve the one goal lead.
"We created lots of opportunities tonight and limited them to nothing," Kane said. "It was a great all around effort. I am so proud of the girls for being able to come back from basically two disappointing weeks and play like this. We now just have to carry this to Sunday," Kane said.
The Herd out-shot the Golden Eagles 20-4. Liz Orton made just one save in the match, compared to Duvall's four. Hollman lead the team in shots with seven followed by Snead with four.
Marshall hosts UCF on Sunday at noon before going on a two game road swing to SMU and Tulsa on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22.