Herd to Conclude Regular Season at FIU, Thursday

Junior Alyssa Cathey

Oct. 30, 2013

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MATCH 18: MARSHALL (8-6-3, 3-4-2 C-USA) at FIU (7-10-0, 5-4-0 C-USA)
Thursday, Oct. 31 | 7 p.m. ET
Miami | FIU Soccer Stadium

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – To complete its regular-season schedule, Marshall women’s soccer will play for a bid to the Conference USA Tournament when it travels to Miami, Thursday, to face the FIU Panthers.

Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s soccer schedule page at FIUSports.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.

Last time out, the Thundering Herd finished an away-and-home weekend with a split record of 0-1-1. Marshall dropped a 1-0 decision at Charlotte (Oct. 25) and recorded a 2-2 draw with Tulsa on Senior Day (Oct. 27) in double overtime.

In the draw with Tulsa, junior Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo.) scored her second goal of the season and junior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) scored her team-leading sixth goal on her second successful penalty kick of the year.

Marshall’s postseason fate rides on the outcome of Thursday’s match at FIU. The Herd is tied for fifth in the East Division, and the top five teams from the East and West Divisions qualify for the Conference USA Tournament in Houston.

If the Herd qualifies, it will reach its first postseason since 2010, when Marshall dropped a 3-0 decision to Houston in the first round of the C-USA  Tournament. All-time, Marshall is 0-2 in postseason play.

For the first time since 2010, Marshall women’s soccer has clinched a winning regular-season record. Following Sunday’s 2-2 tie with Tulsa, the Herd moved to 8-6-3, 3-4-2 C-USA, securing the third winning record in program history (2010: 12-7-0, 5-6-0 C-USA; 2001: 11-7-1, 7-4-1 MAC).

Twelve members of the Herd have recorded a point so far this season, including nine different goal scorers and seven players with an assist. 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 scoring first. Marshall has allowed only three goals in the first half this season, outscoring opponents 10-3.

This season, the Herd has tallied eight shutouts and is 7-0-1 when allowing zero goals. The team has allowed only 14 goals in 17 outings (second 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 second in C-USA for goals against average (0.78) and tied for fourth in shutouts (eight).

Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) is moving up in the Herd record book. She now ranks third in Marshall 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. It was 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.

FIU secured a Conference USA Tournament berth following a 1-0 loss at Middle Tennessee, Sunday. The loss snapped a two-match win streak for the Panthers, who sit atop the East Division standings with a 5-4-0 Conference USA record (7-10-0 overall). FIU is the only C-USA team that has yet to record a tie in 2013. Junior forward Ashleigh Shim leads the way for the Panther, with 17 points (8g, 1a).

Thursday’s match marks the first meeting between Marshall and FIU.

Marshall’s regular season ends with Thursday’s match at FIU. Depending on Thursday’s results, Marshall could secure a bid to the Conference USA Tournament in Houston. For more information about the tournament, visit Conference USA’s website.