Women's Soccer Hosts No. 6 Memphis and UAB

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Huntington, WV – The Thundering Herd open its conference home opener this weekend as Marshall plays host to the No. 6 Memphis Tigers on Friday evening at 7 P.M. at Sam Hood Field. MU then welcomes the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers to a matinee on Sunday afternoon at 1 P.M.

Memphis, who has opened the season undefeated after 10 games, comes in Friday night with key victories against LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Rice to face Marshall who is eager for a win. The Tigers have won four consecutive Conference USA championships and don’t appear to be tapping the brakes anytime soon. In 2010, Marshall surrendered two early goals to Memphis and was never able to surmount the lead.

UAB, much like The Herd, are thirsting for more victories to prove themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Conference USA. At 3-7-0, the Blazers look to make their plane trip worth the money Sunday. 2010’s matchup between these two opponents went down to the wire until Tiffini Turpin delivered a golden goal for the Blazers in the 95th minute.

In its last two competitions The Herd has been bitterly defeated by UTEP and Colorado College, who each tallied a single goal in the 1-0 losses. Previous to that, MU lost a close battle to Ball State who sealed a victory within the final four minutes of the game.  At 2-7-1 (0-2-0) the Thundering Herd is looking to tally a win within C-USA play and get back on the right track.

Head Coach Kevin Long knows his team has the ability to compete with the upcoming opponents, but sees his teams need to mature. “We are at a better place than we were a week ago. Our squad understands the level of play that is expected throughout the conference if they want to compete. Our group still believes they can be a tournament team, but they have to prove themselves. A ranked Memphis provides a real opportunity to showcase our talent.”

Long continued, “We’d like to own our style of play this weekend and execute the game plan we design, instead of responding to our opponents. It is exciting to see the strength of our conference, but we want to be in the mix as well. A potential opportunity to take two wins this weekend could gain considerable momentum for the season and our program.”

Live stats for Friday’s affair with Memphis can be viewed here, while stats for Sunday’s matchup against UAB can be viewed here.

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