Oct. 19, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- A match that seemed destined for overtime took a thrilling turn in the 89th minute as Marshall junior Morgan Cain broke a scoreless tie to lift the Thundering Herd women’s soccer team past Southern Miss 1-0 Friday night at the Southern Miss Soccer Complex.
In front of its largest crowd since facing No. 25 Memphis (350), Cain’s late-game theatrics helped Marshall improve to 7-9-1 (3-5-1 Conference USA). Southern Miss fell to 4-10-1 (1-7-0 C-USA).
Marshall peppered the Southern Miss defense with 14 shots, including eight in the second half, but none counted more than Cain’s first collegiate goal. With under a minute and a half remaining, the junior defender from Tarentum, Pa. buried a low shot from 18 yards out into the bottom corner, past Southern Miss goalkeeper Lindsey Schwaner for what would all but ensure the Herd victory.
Schwaner faced a total of seven shots on goal and made six saves in the losing effort.
MU goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns made four saves and recorded her third clean sheet of the season. It was also the eighth shutout recorded by the senior who ranks fourth on Marshall’s all-time list in that category.
The Golden Eagles outshot Marshall 17-14 and earned a healthy advantage in corner kicks (12-4) but could not find their way past the resilient Herd defense.
Freshman forward Erin Simmons took four shots (three on frame) to lead a Marshall squad that saw eight different players take a shot at goal. Southern Miss, which also had eight different shot-takers, was lead by junior forward Chelsea Cruthirds who took five shots (two on goal).
The victory for Marshall saw Sarah Vinson make her 74th start in a Herd uniform. The senior who has been in every starting lineup of her entire MU career is now tied with Lindsey Jayjack – who set the record in 2002 – for the all-time lead. Vinson will need to play in two more matches to tie Angela DeSumma’s record of match appearances (set in 2011).
Marshall will continue its current road trip with a match against No. 21 UCF Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at the UCF Soccer Complex.