Women's Soccer Concludes Regular Season on the Road





Oct. 29, 2008

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall University women's soccer team will conclude its conference and regular season schedule against Conference USA opponent, East Carolina University. The Thundering Herd will travel to Greenville, N.C., Friday, for a 3 p.m. EST kick-off at Bunting Field.

Marshall enters Friday's match 5-9-4 overall, 3-7-0 in the league, while the Pirates are 11-3-4 on the season, 6-0-4 in conference play. ECU stands at the top of the conference rankings and eighth in the Southeast Region heading into weekend action.

"We know our strength and weakness now," Marshall's interim head coach Kevin Long said. "Since we are eliminated from the conference tournament, we hope to go into ECU and show character."

ECU leads the all-time series with Marshall, 2-0-1, dating back to 2005. In the most recent meeting, the Herd and Pirates took a 0-0 draw last season at Sam Hood Field.

Sophomore forward Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) is tied for third with Memphis' Lizzy Simonin in conference shots with 51. Duncan also stands tied for third with Rice's Shelley Wong in conference goals with eight.

Freshman forward Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa.) ranks 15th in the nation in assists per game (0.61/game) with 11 assists through 18 matches, and stands alone as the C-USA assists leader.

Co-captain keeper Liz Orton (Fort Collins, Colo.) has 1,652 minutes and 72 saves through 18 matches. The junior has registered 262 saves so far in her three-year career. Orton's 72 saves puts her eighth in C-USA.

The Herd has out-shot its opponents 307-215 so far this season, while ECU's opponents have out-shot the Pirates 175-237 through 18 matches.

Marshall's opponents have out-scored the Herd 35-27. ECU has tallied 27 goals, compared to its opponents' 16.

"We are going to try and end this season on a positive note," Coach Long added.

The Herd's away record so far this season is 4-5-2, while the home record is 1-4-2.

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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