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Big C-USA Weekend Ahead for @HerdWSoccer

Sydney Arnold was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Sept. 23, 2015

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MATCH 10: NORTH TEXAS (8-2-0, 0-0-0 C-USA) VS. MARSHALL (7-1-1, 0-0-0 C-USA)
Friday, Sept. 25 | 7:30 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex (1,006)
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MATCH 11: RICE (4-3-1, 0-0-0 C-USA) VS. MARSHALL (7-1-1, 0-0-0 C-USA)

Sunday, Sept. 27 | Noon ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex (1,006)
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Marshall women’s soccer (7-1-1) will begin Conference USA play by hosting the league’s 2014 regular-season champion North Texas (8-2-0) and 2014 tournament champion Rice (4-3-1) at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex this weekend. The Herd will face the Mean Green on Friday at 7:30 and the Owls on Sunday at noon.

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Marshall broke a six-year standing program record by extending its unbeaten streak to eight matches, tallying a 1-0 shutout of James Madison on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. The Herd improved to 7-1-1, with its only loss being the season opener at Monmouth (Aug. 21), and concluded non-conference play with the win.


The season’s first NCAA RPI was released on Monday with Marshall ranked 69th, the highest mark in program history. The Herd is second in Conference USA behind North Texas (43rd).


This season’s Herd squad has already made its way into the Marshall record book with an eight-match unbeaten streak. Several individual members of the Herd are also on their way to making their mark in history:

  • Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) is one shutout away from tying the Marshall career record of 17, held by Liz Orton (2006-09).
  • Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) has started 67 consecutive matches – every match of her career. Sarah Vinson (2009-12) holds the all-time record with 76 straight starts.
  • Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) ranks No. 2 in Marshall history with 187 career shots. She needs 21 more to tie Angela DeSumma (2008-11) for the record.
  • Culicerto tied a Marshall record with the eighth game-winning goal of her career at ETSU (Sept. 11). Now-assistant coach Erika Duncan (2007-10) and Angela DeSumma (2008-11) also had eight apiece.

Junior forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) became the first Marshall women’s soccer player to earn two C-USA weekly honors in the same season as she was named Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. She first earned it for the week of Aug. 31.

Arnold’s award marks the fourth consecutive week with a C-USA accolade for Marshall. Other Herd winners this season include defender Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) on Sept. 14 and M/F Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) on Sept. 8. The four awards are the most in a Marshall season.

Marshall and North Texas lead C-USA with four weekly awards each. The Mean Green’s Jackie Kerestine has been named Goalkeeper of the Week for four out of the season’s five weeks.


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Entering conference play, North Texas (8-2-0) has the second-best record in the league behind the Herd (7-1-1). The Mean Green, who claimed the 2014 C-USA regular-season title and received votes in the 2015 NSCAA preseason poll, placed three on the league's all-preseason team as the No. 2 pick in the poll. Two-time All-Conference USA first-team selection Rachel Holden was joined by seniors Jackie Kerestine and Karla Pineda. Kerestine has all but swept C-USA Goalkeeper of the Week honors this season, winning four out of five weeks. The Mean Green leads the league with seven shutouts and has allowed only five goals over 10 matches. Last time out, North Texas dropped a 2-1 double-overtime decision to No. 5 Texas A&M on Sunday, its first road loss of the year.

Last season, the No. 1-seeded Mean Green ousted the Herd in the first round of the C-USA Tournament, 2-0, in the first meeting between the teams.


Defending C-USA champion Rice (4-3-1) swept the league’s preseason honors as reigning C-USA Offensive Player of the Year Lauren Hughes and Owl teammate Jenny Fichera were voted the Preseason Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. Hughes earned top offensive honors in 2014 after leading C-USA in goals (14) and points (35). Both marks tied Rice single-season records. The Owls enter C-USA play on a two-match losing streak, dropping games at Dayton, 5-2 (Sept. 11) and Miami (Ohio), 2-0 (Sept. 13).

The Owls own a 4-3-1 advantage in the series with Marshall. In the last meeting, the Herd knocked Rice out of the 2013 C-USA Tournament first round, 3-1, in Houston (Nov. 4, 2013). Sunday will be the Owls’ first visit to the three-year-old Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.


The Herd will spend the next two weeks on the road, beginning with UTSA (Oct. 2) and UTEP (Oct. 4). For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.