Herd to Continue Road Stretch at Liberty
Women's soccer to face the Lady Flames in Virginia
Sept. 13, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer (3-2-1) will play its third consecutive road contest Sunday when it faces the Liberty Lady Flames (5-1-0) at 2 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd finished its first road weekend in Philadelphia after shutting out the previously unbeaten Temple Owls, 1-0, and falling to La Salle, 2-1. Junior forward Myka DeMarco (Dallas) scored the lone goal in both matches for Marshall. She leads the team with two assists and seven shots on goal.
KISH IS A KEEPER
Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) leads Conference USA as part of a three-way tie for most shutouts (three). She notched her third shutout in the 1-0 victory over Temple and had a career match with seven saves vs. La Salle.
SCOUTING THE LADY FLAMES
Liberty improved to 5-1-0 for the first time in program history with a 1-0 victory over UNCG Thursday evening. The Lady Flames are now on a five-game win streak for the first time since the 2009 season. That year, Liberty captured the Big South regular-season title.
Current Big South and ECAC Defensive Player of the Week Holly Van Noord has five shutouts on the year and has not allowed a goal since the Lady Flames' season opener at Charlotte (Aug. 23). Alanna Dunkle leads the Lady Flames with three goals, three assists and nine points on the season.
The Herd holds a 1-0-1 advantage in the all-time series versus Liberty, with the last meeting ending in a draw, 3-3, in 2010. Marshall took the first meeting in 1999, 1-0.
100TH CAREER WIN FOR COACH LONG
Marshall coach Kevin Long notched his 100th career win with the Herd’s defeat of Temple, 1-0, Sept. 6.
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 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).
The Herd returns home to face Miami (OH) on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex at noon ET.