Herd Women’s Soccer Falls at UTEP
The Herd will close out the regular season at WKU on Oct. 27
El Paso, Texas – A first half strike from UTEP’s Anna Jimmerson and second half penalty kick from Aylin Vilalobos sunk the Marshall women’s soccer team, 2-0, on Thursday night at University Stadium in El Paso, Texas.
With the loss, the Herd fell to 5-10-1 overall (3-5-1 C-USA), while the Miners rose to 6-10 overall (3-5 C-USA).
Marshall tried to break the deadlock in the opening two minutes with strikes from freshman Molly Preston and sophomore Jordan Sackaris, but neither shot found the back of the net. UTEP gained the 1-0 advantage at the 11:00 mark when Cayla Payne’s throw in found Jimmerson, who buried the shot.
The score held for the rest of the half with Marshall trailing 1-0 after 45 minutes. The Miners had a 5-3 shot advantage, while two shots were on target compared to the Herd’s lone shot on target from Sackaris. Both sides made one save each and UTEP had 10-5 more fouls than Marshall.
After the second half began, the Herd had an early opportunity to tie things up in the 47th minute after junior Ashley Seltzer’s shot on goal, but the Miners’ Caley Leask came up big with the save. UTEP wrapped up the game in the 70th minute. After conceding a penalty kick, Aylin Villalobos converted the pick and made the score 2-0 for UTEP. That score held for the remainder of the game and Marshall fell 2-0.
Sophomore goalkeeper Megan Bonelli finished the game with three saves, while Leask made four saves.
UTEP out-shot Marshall, 13-8, and had 6-4 more shots on goal. The Miners had 5-4 more corners and 4-1 more offsides.
The women’s soccer team will close out the regular season when it travels to Bowling Green, Ky., to take on WKU on Oct. 27.