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Herd to Conclude Non-Conference Play Against Miami (Ohio)
Live stats will be available for the match for no charge and live video will be available for a fee through the women’s soccer schedule page at HerdZone.com. Follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter for more information.
HAVE YOU HERD?
The Thundering Herd finished its first road stretch of the season with an overtime victory, 1-0, over the Liberty Lady Flames in Lynchburg, Va., Sunday. Senior forward Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) netted the golden goal in the 98th minute, her third score of the season. Sophomore Jenna Dubs (Green Lane, Pa.) was credited with the assist off a free kick just outside the 18-yard mark in front of the goal. The win marked Marshall’s first overtime victory since 2009.
Other notes: Marshall is ranked first in Conference USA in goals-against average (.68) and is tied for first for goals allowed (5).
KISH IS A KEEPER
Junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) leads Conference USA as part of a four-way tie for most shutouts (four). She notched her fourth shutout in the 1-0 overtime victory over Liberty. Kish also ranks third in C-USA in goals-against average (0.68), fourth in save percentage (.848) and fifth in saves (28). Notably, all four of Marshall’s wins are shutouts with Kish in the net.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
Miami moved to 3-4-0 following a 4-3 double overtime loss to Purdue Sunday. Senior midfielder Katy Dolesh was named MAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against Purdue and Milwaukee, scoring three of the RedHawks’ six goals on the weekend.
Marshall and Miami have not met since 2004, when the Herd was part of the MAC. The RedHawks took the match, 3-2, in double overtime. Miami leads the all-time series, 5-2-0, winning the last five. The Herd has not defeated the ‘Hawks since 1999.
100TH CAREER WIN FOR COACH LONG
Marshall coach Kevin Long notched his 100th career win with the Herd’s defeat of Temple, 1-0, Sept. 6.
Long in in his sixth season as the Thundering Herd coach and 15th season as a head coach. In his first five seasons at Marshall, Long led the women to a 35-49-11 record and advanced to the postseason once, losing a 3-0 decision to Houston in the first round of the 2010 C-USA Tournament.
Long added two assistant coaches for 2013: Kristen McFadden and Herd soccer alumna Erika Duncan.
McFadden hails from Dayton, Ohio, and spent her collegiate career in the net for the Mastodons at IPFW in Fort Wayne, Ind. She brings a great deal of goal-keeping expertise through her time coaching and working with soccer programs in her local communities.
Duncan returns to the Marshall women’s soccer program as one of the most decorated players in Herd history. A four-year letter winner at forward from 2007-2010, she holds the Marshall record for career goals (23) and career game-winning goals (eight).
The Herd opens Conference USA play at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex versus Old Dominion and UAB Friday, Sept. 27, and Sunday, Sept. 29, respectively.