Aug. 18, 2006
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Ohio University women's soccer team defeated Marshall tonight at Sam Hood Field by a score of 2-1. The match marked the Thundering Herd's first exhibition match of the season.
In the 13th minute of play junior Kassie Hollman took a throw deep in Ohio territory. The ball flew to the far post of Ohio's goal where freshman Julia Axelsson was able to get a head on it and find the back of the net.
After 20 minutes of back and forth play, Ohio's Lindsey Price carried the ball down Marshall's sideline and placed a deep crossing ball to Jasmine Merith. Merith placed the ball in the goal with one strike.
The teams would remain deadlocked at one a piece at the end of the first half.
Junior Kelly Jackson gave the Herd its best chance of the second half when she made a long onsides pass to freshman Meghan Wetzel. Wetzel was just one step too late, Ohio's goalkeeper Jess MacLean broke the play up at the six yard box.
The game-winning goal came in the 69th minute by Ohio's Sarah Merritt. Merritt was assisted by Tiffany Horvath.
"I know the outcome is not what we were looking for, but I am happy with parts of the performance. This was a good first test for the team. I am very pleased with the freshman class as whole, especially Julia (Axelsson)," Marshall Head Coach Chris Kane said.
Marshall will travel to Charleston, W.Va. to play the last exhibition match of the season on Sunday against the University of Charleston at 7 p.m.