Nov. 6, 2013
HOUSTON – Sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) put the Thundering Herd first on the scoreboard, but her lone goal would not prove to be enough as Marshall women’s soccer fell to East Division champion Charlotte, 3-1, in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals, Wednesday night.
It was a historic season for the 2013 Herd, which saw Marshall’s first postseason victory ever with a 3-1 win over Rice, Monday night. The Herd ended the season with a 10-7-3 record, totaling the third-most wins (11 in 2001, 12 in 2009), second-fewest goals allowed (18), second-most shutouts (9) and the second-lowest goals-against average in program history (0.90). The season also marks the first winning record for Marshall since 2009 (12-7-0).
Simmons struck in the 18th minute for her fourth goal of the season with a one-timer off a cross from freshman forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.), but the Herd would not find the net again.
Amanda Jones scored two consecutive goals for the 49ers, in the 25th and 61st minutes, putting Charlotte up, 2-1. Ari Reilley sealed the deal for East Division champion Charlotte with a goal in the 64th minute, advancing the team to the semifinals, 3-1.
Marshall junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) made five saves on the night and took three goals against her. With 1,878 total minutes in goal, she now holds the Marshall record for most season goalkeeper minutes. She is also tied with Liz Orton for most season shutouts (9), and is tied with Kayla Johnson for second-most career shutouts (9).
On another note, senior Casey Walsh (Chalfont, Pa.) ended her Marshall career in a three-way tie with Angela DeSumma and Sarah Vinson for most matches played in a Herd uniform (76).
With the win, Charlotte advances to the C-USA Tournament semifinals to face North Texas, Friday, at 8 p.m. ET in Houston.