Herd to Kick for Breast Cancer Awareness

Senior Lizzy Lemons

Oct. 16, 2013

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MATCH 14: FLORIDA ATLANTIC (2-8-4, 0-2-3 C-USA) at MARSHALL (7-4-2, 2-2-1 C-USA)
Breast Cancer Awareness Match
Friday, Oct. 18 | 7:30 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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MATCH 15: MIDDLE TENNESSEE (5-5-3, 2-2-1 C-USA) at MARSHALL (7-4-2, 2-2-1 C-USA)
Sunday, Oct. 20 | 1 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – In support of breast cancer research, Marshall women’s soccer (7-4-2, 2-2-1 C-USA) will wear pink jerseys when it hosts a first meeting with Conference USA foe Florida Atlantic (2-8-4, 0-2-3 C-USA), Friday.

The Thundering Herd will host another first meeting when it faces Middle Tennessee (5-5-3, 2-2-1 C-USA), Sunday, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

For each match, live stats will be available for no cost and live video will be available for a fee through the women’s soccer schedule page at HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.

At Friday’s match versus Florida Atlantic, the Herd will wear pink jerseys instead of the traditional Marshall kelly green and white in order to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

During the match, the Herd’s pink jerseys will be held at auction, with proceeds benefiting the St. Mary’s Pink Ribbon Fund. The auction will be held Friday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. If you are unable to attend and would like to bid, please contact 304-696-6160.

Fans who attend the match are encouraged to wear pink, and will receive $1 admission for doing so.

Senior Lizzy Lemons (Louisville, Ky.) ended Marshall's three-match, 378-minute scoring drought with her first goal of the season in the Thundering Herd's 2-0 shutout of East Carolina, Sunday. The win moved Marshall to 7-4-2, matching the Herd's 2012 win total. The Herd hadn't defeated the Pirates since Oct. 28, 2010.

Freshman Summer Wheatley (Huntington) notched her first collegiate point in the victory with the corner kick that assisted Lemons’ goal.

Ten members of the Herd have recorded a point so far this season, including seven goal scorers. Five Herd players have contributed their first points in a Marshall uniform this season.

The Herd is 6-1-1 when leading at halftime this season, and 7-1-1 when drawing first blood. Marshall hasn’t allowed a goal in the first half all year, outscoring opponents 10-0.

This season, the Herd has tallied eight shutouts and is 7-0-1 when allowing zero goals. The team has allowed only eight goals in 14 outings (T-1 in Conference USA), and each of the Herd’s seven wins are shutouts. With junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) at the helm, Marshall is second in C-USA for goals against average (0.59) and save percentage (.852) and is tied for first in shutouts (8).

Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) is moving up in the Herd record book. She now ranks third in program history for most shutouts in a season (8) and fourth for her career season total (8).

Kish earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for her shutout performance against Miami (Ohio), Sept. 22. This is her first career C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award. She is the first Marshall player to gain this title since goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns did for the week of Oct. 10, 2011. Kish is the third Herd keeper and fourth Marshall player all-time to gain the honors.

Florida Atlantic picked up a point in the Conference USA standings as it battled Old Dominion to a scoreless draw, Sunday. The Owls have yet to win a conference match in 2013, with a record of 2-8-4, 0-2-3 C-USA. Sophomore Claire Emslie leads FAU with seven points (3g, 1a).

Friday’s match marks the first meeting between FAU and Marshall.

Middle Tennessee is coming off a 1-0 loss to Louisiana Tech, moving the Blue Raiders to 5-5-3, 2-2-1 in the conference. With a team-leading 15 points (6g, 3a) sophomore Kate Loy is tied for fourth in Conference USA in both points (15) and goals (6), and is fourth for points per game (1.15).

The team travels to Old Dominion on Friday, before its first meeting with Marshall.

Marshall women’s soccer travels to Charlotte, N.C., to face the Charlotte 49ers, Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., before returning home for Senior Day versus Tulsa, Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.