Marshall Women's Soccer Set for Exhibition Weekend

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer will kick-start the 2014 preseason by hosting two exhibition matches at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. The Herd will take on No. 5 Virginia Tech on Thursday and VMI on Saturday.

Live stats and live video will be available through the women’s soccer schedule page at HerdZone.com. The official live radio broadcast can be found onlineor through WMUL 88.1 FM, and live updates will be available through @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

HAVE YOU HERD?
The Herd is coming off a historic 2013 campaign, in which the team secured its first-ever postseason victory when it defeated Rice 3-1 in the opening round of the Conference USA Championship. Returning senior midfielder Chelsea Stalter (Strongsville, Ohio) recorded her first career goal in the match.

HITTING THE PITCH RUNNING
Marshall will be tested right out of the gate when it opens regular season play at 2013 NCAA College Cup Semifinalist Virginia. The Thundering Herd will face the Cavaliers who set school records with 78 goals, 80 assists, 236 points and 16 shutouts last season. No. 1 seed Virginia fell to eventual NCAA champion UCLA in penalty kicks in the semifinals, following a 1-1 draw (Dec. 7, 2013). The Cavaliers ended the season at 24-1-1, setting a record for wins in a season. August 22 will mark the first meeting between Marshall and Virginia.

SHE’S A KEEPER
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) will return to the net looking to build on a 2013 slate where she set the record for most minutes in a season at Marshall with 1,878. She also tied the Herd record of nine shutouts last season.

EIGHT FRESH FACES
The Herd welcomed eight freshman to the roster this season – goalkeeper Emily Moreland (Springboro, Ohio), forward Katie Suchodolski (Langhorne, Pa.), midfielders McKenna Klodnick (Rocky River, Ohio), Rachel Koch (Pickerington, Ohio), Morgan Mays (Amherst, Va.), Mary Schmeck (Sissonville, W.Va.),Maddy Schwartz (Longmont, Colo.) and Adela Trevino (Alamogordo, N.M.).

WELCOME BACK, DUNCS
After serving as a volunteer assistant for the Herd last fall, Erika Duncan (Easthaven, Scotland) was named assistant coach for Marshall women’s soccer. Duncan returned to the Marshall women’s soccer program for the fall 2013 season as one of the most decorated players in Thundering Herd history. A four-year letterwinner at forward from 2007-2010, she holds the Marshall record for most career goals (23) and most career game winning goals (eight). In 2009, she tied for most consecutive matches with a goal (four). She boasts the second-most career shots with 140; third-most career points with 54 and twice tied for third-most goals in a season with nine (2008, 2009).

2014 SCHEDULE NOTES
Two 2013 NCAA College Cup participants, 11 conference tournament qualifiers and four first meetings highlight the Herd’s 2014 campaign. Action will commence with the first-ever fall exhibition matches held at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, Aug. 14 and 17, against No. 5 Virginia Tech and VMI. Last season, the Hokies handed No. 1 Virginia its first loss of its 2013 campaign, snapping its school record 20-match win streak in the ACC Tournament semifinals (Nov. 8, 2013). After making its way to its first-ever NCAA College Cup, No. 4 seed Virginia Tech fell to No. 3 seed Florida State (Dec. 6, 2013) in the semifinals. Marshall will conclude exhibition play by hosting VMI, Aug. 17, which the Herd defeated last season in scrimmage play, 3-0.

Highlights include:

  • Two 2013 NCAA College Cup participants: Virginia Tech (exhibition) and Virginia
  • 11 conference tournament qualifiers: Virginia Tech, Virginia, VCU, Eastern Illinois, Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Western Kentucky, Charlotte, UTEP and UAB
  • Four first meetings: Cincinnati, Eastern Illinois, UTSA and Virginia

LET’S GET SOCIAL
Keep up with the latest news about Herd soccer by “liking” the team’s official Facebook page: Marshall University Soccer. For live in-match updates and news, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter. Want to see photos and behind-the-scenes action? Give @HerdZone a follow on Instagram.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team was voted at No. 5 in the country in the Preseason NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I women’s soccer rankings released August 7. Last year’s squad finished the season ranked fourth after reaching the NCAA College Cup and posting a 19-5-3 record, recording its best season in program history.

This season, head coach Chugger Adair returns eight starters and remains loaded with depth at nearly every position with only five letterwinners gone from last season’s team. Tech is led by Junior Ashley Meier, who was recently named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Preseason Top XI Third Team, and freshman Murielle Tiernan, who returns after breaking the freshman record for goals in a season and tying the team-high with 11.

This ranking marks the highest preseason tab the program has ever received by the NSCAA. Last season, the Hokies began the year sitting in the No. 22 spot but quickly made their way up the rankings and eventually earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Marshall and Tech have met three times, all during the regular season. The Hokies blanked the Herd in each match, most recently by a margin of 4-0 (Oct. 27, 2004).

SCOUTING THE KEYDETS
Coach Bryan Williams returns 15 of 16 letterwinners and all 11 starters from his 2013 squad. Last season, the Keydets finished 3-15-0, 1-10-0 in the Southern Conference. Midfielder Kristen Whitehurst led the team with six points off three goals during her freshman campaign.

VMI and Marshall have faced off in exhibition twice, with the Herd at 2-0 all-time. Last preseason, Marshall defeated the Keydets 3-0 (Aug. 14, 2013).

UP NEXT
The Thundering Herd will open regular-season play at No. 3 Virginia. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSocceron Twitter.

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