Oct. 18, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - In a physical Friday night tilt, the Florida Atlantic Owls came away with a 2-1 decision over Marshall women's soccer at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
The loss dropped the Thundering Herd to 7-5-2, 2-3-1 in Conference USA play. FAU improved to 3-8-4, 1-2-3 C-USA, gaining its first conference win of the season.
Despite taking only two shots in the first half, FAU was first on the scoreboard with a goal by Claire Emslie in the 34th minute. She propelled the ball from 20 yards out into the top corner of the net, just past Marshall junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.). The score marked the first time all season that the Herd had allowed a goal in the first half.
Marshall found an equalizer in the 70th minute, when sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) gained control of the ball from an FAU defender near the goal line and passed it out to junior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) who struck from 18 yards out, scoring her team-leading fifth goal of the season.
The match seemed destined for overtime until the 88th minute when FAU's Marisa Russo struck through traffic in front of Marshall's goal, and the ball leaked past Kish, sealing the score at 2-1.
The Herd held a deceivingly healthy advantage in shots, 21-9, but couldn't seem to find the net. FAU's keeper, Courtney Zwetsch made six saves on the day, taking one goal against her. Kish made two saves for Marshall with two goals past her.
It was Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, with the Herd players wearing pink instead of the traditional Marshall kelly green and white. The pink jerseys were held at auction during the match with proceeds benefiting the St. Mary's Pink Ribbon Fund.
Next, Marshall hosts a first-time meeting with Middle Tennessee, Sunday at 1 p.m.
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