Herd to Prep for Split Weekend, Senior Day
Women's soccer at Charlotte, Friday; Senior Day versus Tulsa, Sunday
Oct. 24, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer will take on the Charlotte 49ers (8-5-2, 3-3-2 C-USA) in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, before returning home for Senior Day versus Tulsa (9-6-1, 3-3-1 C-USA), Sunday, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
For the two matches, live stats will be available for no cost and live video will be available for a fee through Charlotte’s women’s soccer schedule page at Charlotte49ers.com and through the Marshall women’s soccer schedule page at HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.
HAVE YOU HERD?
Last time out, the Herd outlasted Middle Tennessee to win in overtime, 2-1, Sunday at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Sophomore midfielder Brittany Entz (Glen Allen, Va.) struck with eight seconds remaining in the overtime period for the golden goal. Junior defender Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo.) scored her first goal of the season in the match off a corner kick assist by fellow defender freshman Summer Wheatley (Huntington).
OTHER NOTABLES: Friday, junior forward Myka DeMarco (Dallas) scored her team-leading fifth goal in a 2-1 loss to FAU off an assist by sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio). FAU’s Claire Emslie’s score in the 34th minute marked the first time all season that the Herd had allowed a goal in the first half.
FIVE STELLAR SENIORS
The Herd will honor five senior student-athletes at Sunday’s match. Forward Morgan Cain (Tarentum, Pa.), defender Kelsey Gault (Cincinnati), goalkeeper Caroline Harwell (Mooresville, N.C.), midfielder Lizzy Lemons (Louisville, Ky.) and midfielder Casey Walsh (Chalfont, Pa.) will play in their final home match at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex versus Tulsa.
Over the course of their careers, the five have combined for 17 points, seven goals (three game-winning) and four assists. The class of 2013 earned a combined total of three Conference USA Academic Medals and were named to the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll a combined 12 times.
On Senior Day, Sunday, admission will be $1 for fans wearing Halloween costumes. Contestants will be judged and the winner will receive a prize courtesy of Marshall Athletics. The first 50 fans will receive a candy bag giveaway courtesy of City Tan Express.
POINTS OF PRIDE
Twelve members of the Herd have recorded a point so far this season, including nine different goal scorers. Five Herd players have contributed their first points in a Marshall uniform this season.
FIRST OUT OF THE GATE
The Herd is 6-1-1 when leading at halftime this season, and 7-1-1 when drawing first blood. Marshall has allowed only two goals in the first half this season, outscoring opponents 10-2.
NO GOALS FOR YOU
This season, the Herd has tallied eight shutouts and is 7-0-1 when allowing zero goals. The team has allowed only 11 goals in 15 outings (T-1 in Conference USA), and all but one of the Herd’s eight wins are shutouts. With junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) at the defensive helm, Marshall is first in C-USA for goals against average (0.70), fourth in shutouts (8) and sixth for save percentage (.820).
KISH IS A KEEPER
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.
SCOUTING THE 49ERS
Junior midfielder Amanda Jones’ golden goal in the 103rd minute lifted Charlotte (8-5-2, 3-2-2 C-USA) over UAB, Friday, Oct. 18, and moved the 49ers into second place in Conference USA’s East Division. Jones leads the team with 14 points (6g, 2a). Senior goalkeeper Alex Kubrick is ranked third in save percentage (.830) and fourth in goals against average (0.87) in C-USA.
Friday’s match marks the second-ever meeting between Charlotte and Marshall. The two teams last met in 2005, when the 49ers took the match, 2-1.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN HURRICANE
Following two losses last week versus North Texas (4-1) and UTEP (1-0), Tulsa (9-6-1, 3-3-1 C-USA) moved to sixth place in Conference USA’s West Division. Senior goalkeeper Hayley Harryman is tied for second in C-USA with eight shutouts and senior midfielder Bradi Hinch has a team-best six goals on the season.
Tulsa leads the all-time series with Marshall, 5-2-0, winning the last two meetings. Last time out, The Golden Hurricane shut out the Herd, 2-0 (Oct. 12, 2012).
Marshall women’s soccer closes out the regular season by traveling to Miami to face the FIU Golden Panthers on Halloween (Thursday, Oct. 31) at 7 p.m.