Comeback Win Launches @HerdWSoccer into First C-USA Championship
Entz, Byrnside with second-half goals
MIAMI – The second-seeded Marshall women’s soccer team rallied from a one-goal, halftime deficit to advance to its first Conference USA Championship, defeating No. 7-seed Old Dominion, 2-1, in the semifinals on Friday evening at FIU Soccer Stadium.
The Thundering Herd (15-3-3, 6-2-2) is set to face top-seeded North Texas on Sunday morning in the final. The match will be televised by FOX Sports Network at 11 a.m. ET.
Old Dominion controlled the match in the early minutes, and found the net in the 17th minute. C-USA Freshman of the Year Iris Achterhof tallied her eighth goal, chipping the ball over Marshall goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) from 12 yards away. Marshall could not muster a response for the remainder of the half, down 1-0 on the scoreboard and taking only three shots, none on-target.
The Herd came out of the break with a vengeance, placing more pressure on the Lady Monarch defense in the attacking third of the pitch.
In the 64th minute, senior Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.), an All-C-USA first team selection, stepped up to take Marshall’s first (and only) corner kick of the match. She launched a perfect ball to the top right corner of the 18-yard box to classmate Brittany Entz (Glen Allen, Va.), who buried it in the back of the net to tie the match at 1-1. It was Entz’s career-high second goal of the year, the third of her career. Dubs’ assist put her in sole possession of sixth place all-time at Marshall with 10 for her career.
Just seven minutes later, sophomore forward Adela Trevino (Alamogordo, N.M.) gathered a ball near the Lady Monarchs’ end line and centered it to junior Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio) inside the six-yard box. Byrnside struck high, placing it past ODU keeper Erin Kinz for the 2-1 go-ahead score. It was Trevino’s first point, and Byrnside’s first goal since playing her first match in a Herd uniform (Aug. 23, 2013).
Marshall used a keep-away strategy for the majority of the final 19 minutes and held off the Lady Monarchs to secure a spot in the 2015 C-USA Championship. Old Dominion’s season ended with an 8-12-1 record.
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Marshall advances to its first C-USA Championship, set to face top-seed North Texas on Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on FOX Sports Network. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.