Herd Faces First Road Tests in Philadelphia

Freshman Kayla Byrnside scored her first collegite goal versus Campbell, Aug. 23.

Sep 4, 2013

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Friday, Sept. 6 | 1:30 p.m. ET
Philadelphia, Pa. | Ambler Sports Complex
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Sunday, Sept. 8 | 1 p.m. ET
Philadelphia, Pa. | McCarthy Stadium
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – After opening the regular season with four consecutive home matches, Marshall women’s soccer (2-1-1) will make its first road trip to take on the Temple Owls (4-0-0) and La Salle Explorers (2-1-0) in Philadelphia this weekend.

Live stats will be available for both contests for no charge through each team’s website. Live video streaming will be available for the match at Temple for a fee through OwlSports.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.

The Thundering Herd went 0-1-1 in last week’s competition at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, dropping the match versus James Madison, 2-1, and drawing with Akron, 1-1, in double overtime. Sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) scored in both matches for Marshall and leads the team with three goals this season.

Other notes: Newcomers have seen substantial playing time for the Herd, with Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) starting all four matches and scoring her first collegiate goal against Kent State. Beth Dine (Kennett Square, Pa.) and Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio) have seen plenty of minutes, both scoring their first collegiate goals against Campbell in the 3-0 victory. Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) leads Conference USA as part of a four-way tie for most shutouts (two), and junior forward Myka DeMarco (Dallas, Texas) leads Marshall with two assists.

Unbeaten Temple (4-0-0) has yet to allow a goal, achieving the best start in program history. Last week, the Owls notched 1-0 victories over Mount St. Mary’s and Loyola (Md.), and sophomore keeper Shauni Kerkhoff was selected to the American Athletic Conference weekly honor roll for her performances. Freshman Ingrid Mello and junior Alyssa Kirk lead the team with two goals apiece.

Friday’s match marks the first-ever meeting between Temple and Marshall.

Last week, La Salle (2-1-0) lost a 5-1 decision to Penn State in University Park, Pa. Junior Kelsey Haycook scored her third goal of the season in the match. Next, the Explorers host American in their home opener Friday, Sept. 6.

The last meeting between Marshall and La Salle was Sept. 9, 2005, when the Explorers won, 2-1. The Herd faced La Salle for the first time in the 2004 opener – a 1-1 draw.

Long enters his sixth season as the Thundering Herd’s head coach and 15th season as a head coach. In his first five seasons at Marshall, Long led the women to a 35-49-11 record and advanced to the postseason once, losing a 3-0 decision to Houston in the first round of the 2010 C-USA Tournament.

Long has added two assistant coaches for 2013: Kristen McFadden and Herd soccer alumna Erika Duncan.

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).

Marshall stays on the road to face the Liberty Flames in Lynchburg, Va., Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m.