Marshall Faces Weekend Road Trip to UAB, Memphis|
Sept. 27, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall women’s soccer will travel south this weekend for matches against Conference USA foes UAB and Memphis.
The Thundering Herd will face UAB Friday at 8 p.m. ET on West Campus Field in Birmingham, Ala. In Sunday’s match, Marshall will square off with the Memphis Tigers at 1 p.m. ET at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex in Memphis, Tenn.
Marshall is 1-5-1 all-time versus UAB but 1-1-1 in the last three meetings. MU and UAB played to a 1-1 draw in last year’s matchup after the two teams exchanged overtime victories in 2009 and 2010. Current Herd sophomore Alyssa Cathey tallied an early goal in the first half of the 2011 match, but the Blazers leveled the affair on a penalty kick midway through the second half.
UAB (2-8-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) is fueled by a freshman class that has accounted for nine of the team’s 10 goals. Through 10 games, freshman midfielder Johanna Liney leads the team in scoring with three goals while classmates Paige Hanks and Ashley Naumoff have registered two apiece.
Memphis (6-3-0, 2-0-0 C-USA) has beaten Marshall in all seven meetings between the two programs, dating back to 2005. In fact, the Tigers – selected as C-USA preseason favorites – have held the Herd scoreless in the two most recent matchups.
Christabel Oduro has scored seven goals in eight game appearances and leads Memphis and all of C-USA in goals per game (0.88). The junior midfielder also claims C-USA’s overall points lead with 18 (7G/4A).
As a team, Memphis leads C-USA with a 2.78 goal-per-game average. In addition to Oduro, 12 other Tigers have contributed to the Tigers’ success by registering a goal or an assist.
Marshall (5-5-0, 1-1-0 C-USA) is 2-4 away from home but has come away victorious in two of its last three road contests. Senior Chelsey Maiden and freshman Erin Simmons share the goal-scoring lead for the Herd as they have both scored five goals. Maiden ranks fifth in C-USA with 14 points (5G/4A).