Second-Seeded @HerdWSoccer Set for C-USA Quarterfinal
Marshall to face No. 7 Louisiana Tech, Wednesday
MATCH 20: NO. 7 LOUISIANA TECH (12-7-1, 5-4-1 C-USA) VS. NO. 2 MARSHALL (13-3-3, 6-2-2 C-USA)
C-USA TOURNAMENT - QUARTERFINAL
Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 4:30 p.m. ET
Miami, Fla. | FIU Soccer Stadium (2,000)
Championship Central | Live Stats | Live Video | Twitter
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The second-seeded Marshall women’s soccer team (13-3-3, 6-2-2) will take on No. 7 Louisiana Tech (12-7-1, 5-4-1) in the Conference USA Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. ET at FIU Soccer Stadium in Miami.
In addition to live tweets from @HerdWSoccer, live stats and live video will be available through ConferenceUSA.com.
HAVE YOU HERD?
A golden penalty kick in the 104th minute by senior Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) gave Marshall its school-record 13th win: a 1-0 shutout of Old Dominion in double overtime on Senior Night at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex (Oct. 30). The victory completed Marshall’s best regular season in program history, reaching 13 wins (13-3-3) and six Conference USA wins (6-2-2) for the first time.
LONG NAMED C-USA CO-COACH OF THE YEAR
Herd coach Kevin Long was named C-USA co-Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. The honor is the first of Long’s seven-plus seasons at Marshall. He earned the league’s top coaching award for leading the Herd to its winningest season in program history (13-3-3, 6-2-2). Marshall earned its highest seed in the C-USA Tournament, coming in at No. 2 with a 1-0 shutout of Old Dominion to end the regular season (Oct. 30).
SIX EARN ALL-CONFERENCE USA ACCOLADES
C-USA announced a 12-player first team, an 11-player second team, a 12-player third team, and an 11-player All-Freshman squad on Tuesday. Marshall, Rice and repeat regular-season champion North Texas led the league with six selections apiece. The Herd’s six selections are the most in program history.
Among those honored on the first team were senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior defender Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.). Junior forward Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) and senior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) were recognized on the second team. Forward Jayne Lawman (Winfield, W.Va.) and midfielder Ashley Seltzer (Knoxville, Tenn.) received All-Freshman honors.
Culicerto and Arnold are repeat winners from 2014, joining Erika Duncan – now assistant coach for the Herd – as the only Marshall players to be honored more than once. The awards are firsts for Dubs, Kish, Lawman and Seltzer. Rookies Lawman and Seltzer are the first to earn All-Freshman honors since Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) in 2012.
Finishing the regular season at 6-2-2 with 20 points, Marshall secured its highest seed in the C-USA Tournament, at No. 2 behind repeat champion North Texas. Here’s a look at the Herd’s history in the C-USA Tournament:
2010 (No. 6 seed) – First Round: Houston (L, 3-0)
2013 (No. 5 seed) – First Round: Rice (W, 3-1); Quarterfinal: Charlotte (L, 3-1)
2014 (No. 8 seed) – First Round: North Texas (L, 2-0)
CULICERTO WRAPS UP C-USA WEEKLY HONORS
Senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.), a two-time All-C-USA first team selection, was named the final C-USA Offensive Player of the Week of the season, the league announced Monday. She is the fifth Herd player to earn a C-USA weekly honor this year, third on the offensive side (Sydney Arnold, Erin Simmons). The title is the first of her career. Culicerto’s golden penalty kick in the 103rd minute against Old Dominion (Oct. 30) was her team-leading fourth game-winner this season. Her conversion helped the Herd reach its third consecutive shutout and secure a No. 2 seed in this week’s Conference USA Tournament, its highest seeding in program history.
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SCOUTING THE LADY TECHSTERS
Last time out, LA Tech (12-7-1, 5-4-1) spoiled regular-season champion North Texas’ previously unbeaten league record with a 1-0 shutout on Oct. 30 in Ruston, La. The Lady Techsters secured the No. 7 seed with 16 points on a 5-4-1 C-USA record. They are riding a four-match unbeaten streak and have not allowed a goal in 380 minutes. LA Tech swept the league’s final C-USA defensive weekly honors, with defender Halye Laque and goalkeeper Kylee Seto bringing home the titles. The Lady Techsters placed three on All-Conference USA squads, including forward Kathryn Sloan (second team), defender Donya Salomon-Ali (second team) and forward Mylene Roy-Ouellet (All-Freshman).
Marshall has never defeated the Lady Techsters, at 0-2-0 all-time. Last season, the Herd dropped a 2-1 decision in Ruston, with both of the Lady Techsters’ goals coming in the second half (Oct. 26, 2014).
The winner of the quarterfinal will advance to the semifinals on Friday at 7 p.m. ET against No. 3 Florida Atlantic or No. 6 Old Dominion. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.