Marshall Falls to Florida Atlantic, 3-0
Herd plays next at UTEP, Thursday Oct. 19
Box Score (PDF)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall women’s soccer (5-9-1, 3-4-1) continued their 2017 season with a loss on Sunday to the Florida Atlantic Owls (8-7-2, 3-4-1).
The Owls got off to a quick start after Marshall’s goalkeeper Megan Bonelli committed a foul inside the penalty box. The penalty was awarded and converted by FAU’s Ebba Blomqvist. Just 49 seconds later FAU doubled its lead when Elisha Holmes crossed the ball into the penalty box from the right flank and Mary O’Hara collected the pass and finished her third goal of the season. At the end of the first half, the Owls held the advantage, 2-0, and in shots, 6-5. Both teams were even in corner kicks with three apiece.
After the break, FAU added another goal when Pernille Velta finished her fourth goal of the season on the team’s only shot of the second half. Marshall continued to search for a goal finishing the second half with a massive lead in shots over FAU, 8-1. However, The Owls’ Jennifer Ocampo answered every attempt, stopping all four Marshall shots on goal. Sophomore Jordan Sackaris led the way for the Thundering Herd with five total shots, only one found the frame.
Marshall is back in action this Thursday in El Paso, Texas where they will take on the UTEP Miners.
Head Coach Kevin Long
On the seven seniors, final home game
“I think I mentioned it the other day they are a great bunch of players who have given everything they have to the Herd and they are not done giving. Sometimes, its impact on the field, sometimes it’s the support they give as a role that doesn’t involve playing minutes. It’s a great group and they are poised for some real success post undergraduate.”
On the first two goals
“It’s a problem we have had multiple times this year. I can’t even begin to tell you the frustration that builds when were not ready to play, whatever it is the distractions of homecoming, the parents, the friends, whatever it might have been. We took the field today in a gear that did not match our opponent and so right away they get a shot opportunity that requires Megan (Bonelli) to come off her line and she does so in a way where she fouls the player and bam, PK. Then we don’t clean up ourselves. We are still kind of reeling and at the same time trying to figure out ourselves. Then we give away that second goal and for 88 minutes we are chasing the game.”