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Road Trip to Kick Off 2015 @HerdWSoccer Season

The Herd was picked fifth in the C-USA Preseason Poll.
Aug. 20, 2015

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MATCH 1: MARSHALL (0-0-0, 0-0-0 C-USA) VS. MONMOUTH (0-0-0, 0-0-0 MAAC)
Friday, Aug. 21 | 7 p.m. ET
West Long Branch, N.J. | Hesse Field on The Great Lawn
Live Stats | Twitter

MATCH 2: MARSHALL (0-0-0, 0-0-0 C-USA) VS. VCU (0-0-0, 0-0-0 A-10)
Sunday, Aug. 23 | 1 p.m. ET
Richmond, Va. | SportsBackers Stadium (3,000)
Live Stats | Live Video | Twitter

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer will begin its 2015 season this weekend with road matches at Monmouth and VCU. The Herd will meet the Hawks for the first time at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, before traveling to Richmond, Va., for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Rams on Sunday, Aug. 23.

In addition to live tweets from @HerdWSoccer, live coverage will be available through each opponent’s website.

HAVE YOU HERD?
Marshall faced Virginia Tech in the Herd’s only exhibition match of the season and dropped a 6-0 decision on Aug. 15 at Thompson Field in Blacksburg, Va. The teams played an alternate format of three 30-minute periods, and the Herd allowed zero goals in the final period. Senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) led the Herd with three shots, all on-target. The Hokies were ranked No. 13 in the Preseason NSCAA NCAA Division I rankings and returned five starters.

MARSHALL PICKED FIFTH

The Herd rounded out the top five of Conference USA’s 14-team preseason poll, as selected by league coaches (Aug. 4). The Herd returned 14 players from its 2014 roster, including seven starters. Preseason All-C-USA selection Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) enters her senior year as the Herd’s top scorer from last season.

RETURNING TO THE PITCH

Marshall’s retained 56 percent of its 2014 offense, including top scorer Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) who netted eight goals en route to becoming the program’s first player on the All-Conference USA first team. Also back in the lineup is forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.), who earned a spot on the 2014 All-Conference USA second team after producing three goals and three assists. Marshall also kept senior Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) in goal. Kish has 12 shutouts over the last two seasons, ranking No. 2 in a Herd career.

HEALTHY HERD

The Herd welcomes Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio), Lia Foster (Keswick, Ontario), Katie Suchodolski (Langhorne, Pa.) and Jordan Parkhurst (Scottsdale, Ariz.) back to the pitch after losing each to season-ending ACL injuries in 2014. Simmons was the Herd’s No. 2 scorer last year with three goals over 13 matches played. Foster led the team with five assists over 16 matches in 2014.

NEW FACES

Marshall has added 10 freshmen to the squad in 2015. The Herd’s rookie class includes four forwards and six midfielders: Courtney Andrews (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Jayne Lawman (Winfield, W.Va.), Peyton Miller (Wellston, Ohio), Mack Moore (West Chester, Pa.), Ashley Seltzer (Knoxville, Tenn.), Kylie Slusser (Powell, Ohio), Julianna Smith (Lothian, Md.), Shontelle Smith (Dunedin, New Zealand), Bri Velasquez (Cary, N.C.) and Jenna Zuzolo (Tipp City, Ohio).
Additionally, Lauren Middleton joined coach Kevin Long’s staff as an assistant coach. Middleton, a Birmingham, Ala., native, will work primarily with goalkeepers while assisting with all parts of the program.

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SCOUTING THE HAWKS

Monmouth was tabbed Metro Atlantic preseason favorite as the league’s defending regular-season champion. The Hawks lost only three starters from its 2014 roster and returned seven All-MAAC selections, including reigning MAAC Rookie of the Year Rachelle Ross. Ross had seven goals and five assists last season for a team-high 19 points. The Hawks went 14-5-0 with a 9-1-0 league record in 2014 and eventually lost in the MAAC Tournament semifinals.

This Friday will be Marshall’s first meeting with Monmouth.


SCOUTING THE RAMS

VCU posted a 10-5-5 record in 2014 and ended its season in the Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals against Dayton. The Rams will begin 2015 on Friday against C-USA opponent Old Dominion after battling to a scoreless draw with William & Mary in an exhibition on Aug. 16. VCU was picked to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason poll, and fifth-year senior goalkeeper Emma Kruse received preseason all-conference team recognition.

The Herd is 0-2-1 all-time against VCU. Last season, Kristine Culicerto netted two goals in a 3-3 double-overtime draw with the Rams at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. (Aug. 24, 2014).


UP NEXT

The Herd’s road trip continues with matches at IUPUI (Aug. 28) and Indiana State (Aug. 30). For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.


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