Herd to Host Old Dominion, UAB in First Conference USA Weekend

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer (5-2-1) will open Conference USA play by hosting the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs (0-6-1) and UAB Blazers (7-2-0) at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Live stats will be available for each 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.

The Thundering Herd completed its fifth shutout (second consecutive) after defeating defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio), 1-0, Sunday. The win marked Marshall’s first victory versus the RedHawks since 1999.

In the 23rd minute, two Herd forwards connected when freshman Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) drove down the field and crossed the ball back from the right bottom corner of Miami’s box. Junior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) took control and struck from 20 yards out, burying the ball into the top left corner of the net, scoring her third goal of the year.

Following the win, the Herd extended its scoring streak to eight matches.

Marshall junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) earned Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors for her performance against Miami (Ohio), the conference announced Monday.

Kish picked up her fifth shutout (second consecutive) in eight games following the Thundering Herd's 1-0 defeat of Miami, Sunday. She tallied three saves to snap Miami’s 25-match scoring streak.

All five of Marshall's wins are shutouts with Kish in the net. With Kish at the helm, the Herd leads C-USA in goals allowed (five) and goals against average (0.60), and is tied for first in shutouts (five). This is her first career C-USA Defensive Player of the Week award.

Kish is the first Marshall player to garner C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors since goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns earned the title for the week of Oct. 10, 2011. Kish is the third Herd keeper and fourth Marshall player all-time to gain the honors.

Marshall’s front line proved its depth in the non-conference schedule, contributing 11 of 12 goals and four of eight assists. Senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.), junior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) and sophomore Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) led the team with three goals apiece. Freshmen Beth Dine (Kennett Square, Pa.) and Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) scored their first collegiate goals versus Campbell and Kent State, respectively. Culicerto and DeMarco have each tallied two gamewinners, and DeMarco and Arnold both have two assists.

Old Dominion earned its first point of the season in a 2-2 draw with Penn, Sunday afternoon, moving to 0-6-1. Freshman defender Jackie Stroud leads the Lady Monarchs with three points, tallying one goal and one assist on the season.

Friday’s match marks the first meeting between Marshall and Old Dominion.

After defeating Arkansas-Little Rock, Friday, UAB improved to 7-2-0, marking the most victories in a season under coach Harold Warren. Sophomore Paige Hanks scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season in the 3-1 victory. UAB leads Conference USA’s East Division with seven wins.

The Blazers lead the all-time series with Marshall, 6-2-1. The two teams met last season when the Herd took the match, 3-2, in Birmingham.

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, dropping a 3-0 decision to Houston in the first round of the 2010 C-USA Tournament.

Marshall makes its first C-USA road trip of the season, traveling to Louisiana Tech (Ruston, La.) and Southern Miss (Hattiesburg, Miss.) Oct. 4 and 6, respectively.

GAME 9: OLD DOMINION (0-6-1) at MARSHALL (5-2-1)
Friday, Sept. 27 | 7:30 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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GAME 10: UAB (7-2-0) at MARSHALL (5-2-1)
Sunday, Sept. 29 | 1 p.m. ET
Huntington, W.Va. | Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex
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