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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer extended its best start since 2009 with a 3-2 defeat of regional Rival Ohio on Friday evening at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

The Herd is now 4-1-0, winning its last four matches since it opened the season with a 1-0 loss at Monmouth (Aug. 21). Marshall’s four-match win streak is its longest since it opened the 2009 season with seven straight wins. Ohio remains winless at 0-4-0.

Junior Jordan Parkhurst (Scottsdale, Ariz.) became the fifth member of the Herd to find the back of the net this season when she scored her first career goal in the 28th minute. She chipped the ball from outside the box, and it deflected high and over the goalkeeper.

Just after halftime, Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) scored the 15th goal of her career to make it 2-0 in Marshall’s favor, assisted by Katie Suchodolski (Langhorne, Pa.) and Jayne Lawman (Winfield, W.Va.). Shortly after the goal, officials issued a lightning delay which lasted for an hour, and then play resumed at 9:30 ET with 43 minutes remaining to play.

Nearly two minutes after the delay ended, Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) took a pass from Suchodolski and drove toward the goal, and took an uncontested shot that landed in the top right corner of the net to give Marshall a 3-0 lead. She leads the team with three goals and seven points on the year. Suchodolski recorded the first multi-assist match of her career.

The Herd kept its unanswered lead until the 61st minute when Alexis Milesky scored the Bobcats’ first goal of the season. Stephanie Rowland added another goal in the 88th minute, assisted by Hannah Jaggers. Marshall held off the final attack to win 3-2.

The Herd out-shot Ohio, 15-13, but the Bobcats led corner kicks 6-2.

MILESTONES

-          Simmons has 15 career goals, tied with Kelly Posey (1999-02) and Molly Snead (2006-09) for fifth place all-time in the Marshall record book. She needs two more goals to tie Kassie Hollman (2004-07) for fourth place.

 

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Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On Jordan Parkhurst’s first career goal:
“She’s been playing really well. She, of course, is a talented player but she’s a lot like a freshman in the sense that she’s been injured. She’s a junior but we’ve barely seen her on the field and she’s very talented. She’s still getting her legs about her and we’re still trying to figure out where she is. But you can see that she’s technical and has an eye for the goal. Great first goal tonight for her.”

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