Herd Looks to Remain Unbeaten vs. James Madison, Akron|
Aug 28, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Opponents have yet to score against Marshall (2-0-0), and this streak is on the line when the Herd hosts James Madison (1-1-0) Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. and Akron (1-1-0) Sunday, Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.
The last time the Herd opened the season at 2-0-0 was in 2009 with Kevin Long's first recruiting class and second season as head coach, with wins versus Cleveland State and Duquesne. That team would go on to win five more consecutive matches, eventually ending the best season in program history at 12-7-0 (5-6-0 Conference USA).
For both contests, GameTracker will be available to fans for no charge and live video streaming will be available for a fee through HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.
WELCOME TO HOOPS FAMILY FIELD AT "THE VET"
"The Vet" hosts 10 home matches for Marshall women's soccer this season. Conference USA action kicks off Friday, Sept. 27, when the Herd takes on Old Dominion at 7 p.m. Admission is $7.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Other notes: senior Kristine Culicerto had a career match versus Kent State, scoring two goals in the 3-0 shutout. Three freshmen scored their first collegiate goals this weekend - Beth Dine and Kayla Byrnside against Campbell, and Sydney Arnold against Kent State. Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish notched back-to-back shutouts, with six saves.
SCOUTING THE DUKES
The Herd met the Dukes for the first time in 2012, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision in Harrisonburg, Va.
SCOUTING THE ZIPS
Last time, the Herd shut out the Zips, 2-0 (Sept. 16, 2012), in Akron, Ohio. This time, Marshall looks to even the all-time series, which Akron leads 3-2-1.
A LOOK AT 2012
Despite losing leading point-scorer Chelsey Maiden (16p, 6g, 4a), Marshall returns sophomore striker Erin Simmons, the 2012 co-leader in goals scored (14p, 6g, 2a). The Gahanna, Ohio, native also earned All-C-USA third team honors and All-Freshman honors for the 2012 season.
SIMMONS EARNS PRESEASON HONORS
HEAD COACH Kevin Long
McFadden hails from Dayton, Ohio, and spent her collegiate career in the net for the Mastodons at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. She brings a great deal of goal-keeping expertise through her time coaching and working with soccer programs in her local communities.
Duncan returns to the Marshall women's soccer program as one of the most decorated players in Herd history. A four-year letterwinner at forward from 2007-2010, she holds the Marshall record for most career goals (23) and most career game winning goals (eight).