Eastern Illinois on Deck for Women’s Soccer

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Searching for its first win, Marshall women’s soccer will travel to Charleston, Ill., for the EIU Women’s Soccer Tournament, Friday. The Herd will take on the host Panthers at 2 p.m. at Lakeside Field.


Live stats and live video will be available through the EIU women’s soccer schedule, and live in-match updates will be available through the official Marshall women’s soccer Twitter: @HerdWSoccer.


Despite a two-goal performance by senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.), Marshall women’s soccer drew a 3-3 decision with VCU after double overtime, Aug. 24, in its home opener at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. The Herd out-shot VCU (16-8) and led in shots on-goal (9-5). Each team had five corner kicks. Kruse made six saves with three goals against her, and Marshall’s Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) made two saves.


The Herd will join fellow Conference USA member Louisiana Tech when it travels to Eastern Illinois for the EIU Women’s Soccer Tournament. Friday, Marshall will face host EIU and LA Tech will take on Lewis. The Lady Techsters will face Eastern Illinois, Sunday, at 1 p.m.


Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On the Herd’s performance against VCU
“It was a good effort. VCU is a good team. We’ve certainly seen some strides since we last played them in 2011. I’m proud of the way we came back from a one-goal deficit early in the game. However we would have loved to see some different things happen on all levels, from how we defended attacks to how we handled adversity.”

On changing lineups against VCU
“It was really hot and we went pretty deep into our bench throughout the game, deeper than we normally would for a home game. We were looking for some energy. At this point in the season, we’re looking for players who can give us a spark.”

On taking strategic shots
“We have players who have taken it to heart that we need to find the back of the net versus just getting it in that direction. You saw that today [against VCU]. I think Kristine [Culicerto] did a fantastic job. We scored some great goals that I think will be fun to watch on replay. So that part is positive: we didn’t just get chances, we got goals. The next step is to eliminate those from occurring against us.”

For the second time in her career, senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) netted two goals in a single match in the Herd’s 3-3 draw with VCU (Aug. 24). Almost exactly a year earlier, Culicerto scored twice in Marshall’s 3-0 shutout of Kent State (Aug. 25, 2013).

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With Eastern Illinois (0-2-0) and Marshall (0-1-1) looking for their first regular-season wins, the Panthers also are looking for their first points, dropping decisions to Northern Kentucky, 4-0 (Aug. 22), and Indiana State, 2-0 (Aug. 24). Redshirt senior Laura Hoppensteadt leads the team with three shots, two on-goal. Junior goalkeeper Emily Hinton has made 10 saves with six goals against so far.


Friday will mark the first meeting between the Herd and the Panthers.


The Herd will host a pair of matches at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex, Aug. 4 and 7, against Purdue and Appalachian State, respectively. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

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