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Herd’s Historic Unbeaten Streak Continues with 1-0 Win

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Freshman forward Mack Moore (West Chester, Pa.) found the back of the net for the first time in a Marshall uniform as the Thundering Herd women’s soccer team extended its historic unbeaten streak to 10 matches, winning 1-0 on Sunday against defending Conference USA Champion Rice at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

Marshall is now 8-1-2, 1-0-1 on the year, gaining its first win in C-USA play after battling to a scoreless draw with North Texas on Friday. Senior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) booked her fourth consecutive blank sheet and broke a school record in the process with her 18th career shutout. She has six perfect games on the year. The Herd has not allowed a goal in 538 minutes, since a 2-1 win over ETSU on Sept. 11. Rice fell to 5-4-1, 1-1-0 in the league.

After a scoreless first half, Rice led shots 8-3. The Herd picked up the pace to start the second period, keeping possession on the offensive side and finding multiple opportunities in the box. In the 66th minute, senior midfielder Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) took a strike from beyond 18 yards out that hit the crossbar and fell to the ground. Moore was in perfect position for the finish near the goal line, collecting the rebound and finding the nylon to give Marshall the 1-0 advantage. The Herd held on for the final 24 minutes, through multiple Owl corner kicks, and earned its first league victory when time expired.

Kish made five saves in the shutout, while Rice’s Zoe Pochobradsky had one save off Marshall’s two attempted shots on goal.

The series between the teams is now even at 4-4-1, with Marshall coming out the victor in the last two outings. In the last meeting, the Herd knocked Rice out of the 2013 C-USA Tournament first round, 3-1, in Houston (Nov. 4, 2013).


-          Playing at home (4-0-1)

-          Facing a C-USA opponent (1-0-1)

-          Leading or tied at halftime (7-0-2)
Allowing zero goals (4-0-2)

-          Scoring first (8-0-0)

-          Scoring at least one goal (8-0-0)

-          Sydney Arnold scores a goal (4-0-0)


Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On making changes at halftime:
“I thought we were giving them too much room, so we made some changes and in one of those changes we had to find another gear, because Rice played Friday night too, and yet they looked fresher. They looked like they were ready to play and we keep talking about how tired we were after Friday and I called them out and said ‘It’s in your head.’ This is early season, and we have played Fridays all year. They needed to make a decision in the second half and I think they did just that. Late in the half especially I thought we were outworking Rice and so all those hours working the summer are really paying off in these games.”

“We had to stop them from having as many chances on us. That’s first and foremost because if we came out and did the exact same thing in the second half that we were in the first half, I thought that it was just matter of time before Rice found the net. So our first priority was to slow them down. From that we knew we had some specific players that could do things up front, but it doesn’t matter if we can’t get to our forwards because we aren’t winning the ball in the middle.”

On freshman Mack Moore’s first goal:
“Mack’s doing such a great job for us. Here’s a kid who just doesn’t quit and I think this is evidence of it. I think people just assumed Kelly’s (Culicerto) shot was going in, and Mack never really gave up on it. She put home the goal. And what a crucial game-winning goal for us. We’re really pleased with what she’s bringing, which is an attitude of ‘I’ll do whatever it takes.’ It’s very refreshing to have players like that.”

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The Herd will spend the next two weeks on the road, beginning with UTSA (Oct. 2) and UTEP (Oct. 4). For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

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