Late Game Heroics Lead to 1-0 Victory for @HerdWSoccer
Seltzer hits penalty kick in the 99th minute
Box Score (PDF)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall women’s soccer team (5-8-1, 3-3-1) reigned victorious Friday night at Hoops Family Field, 1-0, over the FIU Panthers (1-10, 0-6) in overtime. Junior Ashley Seltzer scored the game winning goal in the 99th minute on a penalty kick.
In the first half both teams struggled to put together offensive opportunities. Marshall mustered two shots with one being on target. Freshman Mary Lawman acquired the only shot on goal in the first half for the Herd. The Panthers managed to collect four shots, three of which were on frame.
It was much of the same in the second half of the contest, with both teams struggling to find offensive success. FIU continued to lead in total shots after 90 minutes, 9-7 and in shots on goal, 5-4.
In the first overtime period, the Thundering Herd was awarded a penalty kick with just one minute and 39 seconds remaining until the break. Seltzer stepped up and slotted the kick low and to the right to give Marshall its fifth win of the season and third win in conference play.
Sophomore Megan Bonelli stopped all five shots on target by the Panthers for her third shutout of the season.
The Marshall women’s soccer team will be back in action this Sunday against the Florida Atlantic Owls.
Head Coach Kevin Long
On playing during Homecoming weekend:
“This is probably one of the toughest home weekends to play because of the distractions that are around it. The players last night had a beautiful endowment dinner, we have a homecoming parade, bonfires, and the (football) game is tomorrow. If you want to find distractions they are at every corner of campus right now. If you were looking for a showcase of possession and how to hold the ball away from an opponent tonight is a good example. Marshall possessed a good 65-75 percent of the game.”
On the offensive performance:
“We lacked the spark to get in behind and get shots off. This is probably our lowest shot totals that we have had, they lacked that spark. They don’t just award the team who holds on to the ball the longest with a victory. So, the good news is we kept ourselves in the game the entire time by not allowing a goal.”
Marshall will be back in action this Sunday, Oct. 15, against the Florida Atlantic Owls. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.