Oct. 19, 2006
DALLAS- After splitting the past weekend with Southern Miss and UCF, Marshall's women's soccer conference schedule picks up intensity as the Thundering Herd travels to No. 19 SMU on Friday and Tulsa on Sunday.
This is Marshall's (5-7-1/1-4-1) first trip to SMU and Tulsa.
The Mustangs (12-2-1) lead the conference with a 5-0-0 record and a No. 19 ranking in the Soccer America Top 25 poll. SMU, one of the two Conference USA teams to be ranked, shutout Houston 1-0 and posted an impressive 5-1 victory over Rice on the road last weekend.
The 1-0 shutout of the Cougars was the ninth shutout of the season for SMU. Olivia O'Rear notched the game-winning goal against Houston and scored the first goal of the match against Rice. Her teams leading 11 goals that have helped the Mustangs maintain a nine-game winning streak.
Tulsa (5-9-0/1-4-0) continued its recent trend, playing close matches against tough teams, but lacking the firepower to pull through in the end. On Oct. 13, Rice shutout Tulsa 1-0, despite the eight shots on-goal tallied by the Golden Hurricane. Tulsa's Megan Cash scored both of the goals against Houston that took the match to double overtime on Oct. 15. Houston prevailed with a golden goal in the 101st minute. Tulsa picked up its single win in C-USA play against UTEP on Oct. 1.
The Herd claimed its first win in conference play on Oct. 13 against Southern Miss 1-0. Kassie Hollman scored the match-winning goal off of a pass from Julia Axelsson in the 85th minute of play. Hollman has compiled eight goals this season.
Marshall found itself on the opposite side of the score against UCF on Oct. 15. The Herd fell 4-0 to the second place team in the conference.
Fans can watch the SMU match live on all-Access. Visit www.herdzone.com or www.smumustangs.com for more information.