Women's Soccer Concludes 2008 Home Campaign This Weekend

Oct. 22, 2008

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's soccer squad continues Conference USA action this weekend against the University of Memphis (No. 10 in Central Region) on the road and UAB at home.

The Thundering will travel to Memphis, Tenn., Friday, to face the Blue and Gray at the Mike Rose Soccer Complex, with kick-off set for 7 p.m. Marshall will then conclude its 2008 home campaign against UAB at Sam Hood Field, Sunday, at 2 p.m.

Prior to Sunday's kick-off, Marshall will be recognizing its four seniors, Erin Johnson (Mansfield, Ohio), Ali Lizotte (Iron Station, N.C.), Stephanie Kot (Lindenhurst, N.Y.), and Jessica Jennings (Dayton, Ohio) for their commitment to the program, university, and community.

The Herd enters the weekend, 5-7-4 overall, 3-5-0 in conference after a 0-2 home stand against UTEP and Colorado College, last weekend. Despite out-shooting UTEP 36-to-10, the Miners defeated the Herd, 2-0, Friday evening. Colorado College then took a 3-1 decision over Marshall, Sunday afternoon.

"I think the team is looking forward to the weekend's games," Marshall's interim head coach Kevin Long said. "This week in training we have focused on eliminating our tendency to give up soft goals, while at the same time, we must take advantage of the shots we are getting."

Memphis enters Friday's match 10-4-1 on the season, 6-2-0 in league play. The Tigers went 2-0 last weekend with a 3-0 victory over SMU in Dallas and a 4-2 advantage against Tulsa in Oklahoma, to highlight a four-match winning streak.

The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Herd, 3-0, dating back to 2005. In the most recent meeting, Memphis defeated Marshall, 3-1, last season at Sam Hood Field. Junior forward Molly Snead (Cincinnati, Ohio) scored the Herd's lone goal in the 66th-minute from a Marisa Leconte (Greer, S.C.) pass.

Despite the losing effort, junior co-captain Liz Orton (Fort Collins, Colo.) tied the single-game saves record of 13 and claimed the number two rank on the single-season saves record against the Tigers.

The Green and Gold begin its weekend 6-9-1 overall, 4-3-1 in the league. Before traveling to Huntington, UAB will first face conference foe, East Carolina, in Birmingham, Ala. The Blazers took a 1-1 double-overtime draw with Tulsa in Oklahoma, but rebounded with a 2-1 road win at SMU, last weekend.

UAB holds the all-time series with Marshall, 3-0, which dates back to 2005. Last season, the Blazers defeated the Herd 3-0 in Marshall's final match of the regular season at Sam Hood Field.

Freshman Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa.) ranks 16th in the nation in assists per game (0.63/game) with ten assists through 16 matches, and stands alone as the C-USA assists leader.

Forward Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) leads the Herd with 45 shots and eight goals. The sophomore is tied with Rice's Shelly Wong as the top goal scorer and ranks third in the conference in shots.

Junior keeper Orton has 1,499 minutes and 66 saves through 16 matches. The junior has registered 256 saves so far in her three-year career. Orton's 66 saves ranks her seventh in conference.

Marshall has out-shot its opponents 279-184 through 16 matches. The Tigers have out-shot its opponents 245-145 in 16 matches. UAB's opponents have out-shot the Blazers 207-203 through 16 matches.

The Herd's away record so far this season is 4-4-2, while the home record is 1-3-2.

"The tournament participants are still undecided and we know we control our own fate at this point," Coach Long added. "It is an exciting time in Conference USA and I hope that we perform well enough to play in the conference tournament for the first time since joining!"

GameTracker will be available for both matches by clicking the Marshall women's soccer schedule.

Admission to Sam Hood Field is free.

Sunday's match can be heard exclusively on-line through WMUL 88.1's website, http://www.marshall.edu/wmul.

Herd fans can view and purchase photos from the 2008 women's soccer season at http://herdsportsphotos.exposuremanager.com/ under "2008 Women's Soccer."

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