Women's Soccer Outlasts Middle Tennessee, 2-1 (OT)|
Oct. 20, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In a pivotal Conference USA women’s soccer matchup with Middle Tennessee, Marshall sophomore midfielder Brittany Entz (Glen Allen, Va.) netted a golden goal to lift the Thundering Herd over the Blue Raiders, 2-1, Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
The win moved Marshall to 8-5-2, 3-3-1 in conference play and marked the Herd’s first home overtime victory since 2009. The Herd’s eight wins on the season are the most since 2009 (12-7-0, 5-6-0 C-USA).
Marshall coach Kevin Long spoke about his team’s offensive resilience. The team has outshot all but five opponents, but is looking for better production and closure.
“We’ve been spending a lot of time over the last month trying to not only play better, but to finish,” he said. “I’ve been saying, ‘reward yourselves! You’ve been playing so well, so reward yourselves with some goals.’ So, it is frustrating, especially after Friday’s match [2-1 loss versus FAU], we thought we were in for another setback.”
Middle Tennessee fell to 5-6-4, 2-3-2 in the conference.
Sophomore midfielder Kate Loye struck first for the Blue Raiders in the 21st minute, sending a ball from the right corner of the box that hit the left post and trickled past the Herd’s junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.). It was only the second goal allowed in the first half by Marshall all season.
The Herd’s junior defender Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo.) found the equalizer in the 61st minute with a header off a corner kick by fellow defender freshman Summer Wheatley (Huntington), scoring her first goal of the 2013 campaign. Wheatley’s assist was her second of the year, and both her assists are corner kicks. Coach Long is pleased with the production from Wheatley.
“She is doing a fantastic job for us,” he said. “I’ve had the benefit of knowing Summer for a long time, and I felt like that’s why we brought her here. We felt like she could help us quite a bit, and she’s doing just that. It opens up a lot of other areas. The fact that she’s a local is a plus – not just for me, but for the community. It’s great seeing success from someone so close to home.”
The corner kick has been effective for the Herd as of late and has produced many scoring opportunities this season (two in the past three matches). Marshall led in corners, 9-5, and is 5-1-0 on the season when taking more CKs than the opponent.
Neither team could find a go-ahead goal during regulation, and time expired with the score locked at one goal apiece.
The final 10 seconds of the overtime period produced a thrilling sequence of events, when Wheatley put a free kick into traffic in front of Middle Tennessee’s goal. Entz took control off a rebound and struck a clear shot into the back of the net, scoring her first goal of the season.
MT’s goalkeeper Kelsey Brouwer (5-6-4, 2-3-2 C-USA) made four saves on the day and took two goals against her, while Kish (8-5-2, 3-3-1 C-USA) made two saves with one goal allowed.
With three matches remaining in the regular season, Marshall next travels to Charlotte, N.C., to take on the Charlotte 49ers (Friday, Oct. 25) before returning home for Senior Day versus Tulsa (Sunday, Oct. 27).
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