@HerdWSoccer Seniors Shine in 2-1 Comeback Victory Against Charlotte
Marshall captured the win on Senior Night
Huntington W.Va. – The Marshall women’s soccer team (6-7-4, 4-4-2) came back to defeat the Charlotte 49ers (9-8-1, 5-4-1), 2-1, on Friday night at Hoops Family Field to finish off its 2016 regular season campaign.
The win gave the senior class the best winning percentage in program history. It also marked the largest amount of points accumulated for Marshall seniors on Senior Night in school history.
The Charlotte 49ers took an early lead at the 10:29 mark when Riley Orr’s corner kick found Megan Green’s head to give the 49ers the 1-0 lead.
The lead was short lived as senior Jordan Parkhurst buried her first goal in the 18th minute, from outside the penalty box to level the match at one. It gave the senior her first goal of the season and Kayla Byrnside her second assist of the season.
Charlotte would go on to lead The Thundering Herd in first half shots with seven, four of them being on target. Marshall had four first half shots and two corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Megan Bonelli collected three saves from four shots.
The second half continued with both team’s level at 1-1, but the Thundering Herd sealed the game in the 49th minute. Senior Sydney Arnold scored her fifth goal of the season to give Marshall a 2-1 lead and collect her sixth career game-winning goal. The game-winning goal ties her for fourth place in school history.
The Herd finished the match trailing in total shots 8-12. Bonelli led the match in saves with three and collected her fourth win of the season.
On the teams play style
“What has happened is that they have agreed to a style of play that suits them. I think there was a big segment of the season about three or four games where we thought we were a direct team and were not. We can be dangerous direct but overall we are a possession team. The longer we had the more dangerous we became.”
On the seniors preforming on senior night
“It certainly shows the value of our three seniors. They leave us as the winningest three that we have ever had in this program, which is defined by winning percentage. Add that to the way they played tonight, I think they all played really well tonight and they lead. They showed us the way a little bit. I could not be prouder of them. They walked off the Vet leaving nothing on that field.”
On Sydney Arnolds play
“I thought Sydney played well and she fought hard for everything and never gave up.”
On Kayla Byrnside tonight
“Kayla was as good as she has been all year in the defensive end. I thought she found players more often today than she has in other games.”
On Jordan Parkhurst tonight
“JP she is kind of a special player. In that you don’t know which way her knees are going to work for her on a given night. She ends up putting in this great shot that half the crowd were most likely screaming ‘no don’t take it’ and the other half were screaming for it to go in. I could not be more proud of her.”
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