Herd to Host Purdue, Appalachian State

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer (1-1-1) will look to secure its first home victory of 2014 when it hosts Purdue (3-1-0) on Thursday and Appalachian State (2-1-0) on Sunday at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

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

HAVE YOU HERD?
One game after her older sister’s two-goal performance against VCU (Aug. 24), junior Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) scored twice in Marshall’s first victory of 2014: a 3-0 shutout of Eastern Illinois (0-3-0) on Aug. 29, in Charleston, Ill. The Herd led all offensive parts of the score sheet: shots (21-4), shots on goal (11-2) and corner kicks (10-1). Redshirt junior keeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) made two saves in her first 2014 shutout while Emily Hinton made eight saves and took three goals against.

REPEAT OFFENDERS
In back-to-back matches this season, a Culicerto sister scored two goals. Senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) netted two for the second time in her career in Marshall’s 3-3 tie against VCU (Aug. 24). In the following match, younger sister Kelly Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) put two past Eastern Illinois (Aug. 29).

KEEPING UP WITH KISH 
With the Marshall’s 3-0 blanking of Eastern Illinois (Aug. 29), Herd keeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) secured her 10th career shutout, moving her into sole possession of second place in the Marshall record book. The win also was the Herd’s first shutout of the season.

LONG STORY SHORT
Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On the team’s performance in the second half against EIU:
“With the 1-0 halftime lead, it was great knowing we could put the game away in the second half. The significance of the second half is big. We had a great output from many players who got some quality minutes. It shows that we have players who are developing well here at Marshall.”

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.

COME SEE US!
Purchase a 2014-15 All-Sports Flex Pass from the Herd Ticket Office and use Herd Points to gain admission to all Marshall Olympic Sports events. Each Herd Point is valid for one admission for one person to any event. Passes are $45 for 25 Herd Points or $50 for 50 Herd Points. Otherwise, general admission is $7 for adults, $5 for children 17 and under and $3 for groups of 10 or more.

THEMED GATHERINGS
Thursday’s match against Purdue will be Veterans Appreciation Night at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. Show an official government ID (military, armed forces, firefighters, EMT, police) and receive $1 admission and family discounts. Also, Sunday’s doubleheader with men’s soccer will be Youth Soccer Day – sign up for a free soccer clinic with Marshall men’s and women’s soccer players.

SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS
Purdue (3-1-0) opened its regular season with the Boilermaker Challenge Cup, in which it fell to Miami (Ohio), 1-0, and defeated Ohio, 2-0. The Boilermakers continued their winning streak against Ball State, 2-0, and SIU Edwardsville, 4-1. The team is led by Erika Arkans’ three goals, and Maddy Williams has scored once.

The only prior meeting between Marshall and Purdue was Aug. 29, 2003, when the Herd dropped a 3-0 decision to the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind. Thursday will be Purdue’s first visit to Huntington and its first road outing of 2014.

SCOUTING THE MOUNTAINEERS
Appalachian State (2-1-0) has seen extra minutes in two of its three games this season, defeating Liberty, 4-3, after 98 minutes and falling to ETSU, 1-0, in double overtime. Sam Childress tops the team with three goals, followed by Merlin Beckwith with two.

Marshall claimed the only prior meeting with the Mountaineers, 2-0, at Sam Hood Field in Huntington (Sept. 5, 2010).

UP NEXT
Marshall will have a home-and-away weekend beginning with Cincinnati, Sept. 12, at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex and Eastern Kentucky, Sept. 14, in Richmond, Ky. For all the latest information about Marshall women’s soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

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