Herd Downs Appalachian State, 2-1

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Junior Erin Simmons (Gahanna, Ohio) netted her first goal of Marshall women’s soccer’s (2-2-1) 2014 season in the Herd’s 2-1 defeat of Appalachian State (2-3-0) on Sunday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

After a scoreless first half, senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) got Marshall’s offense going when she netted her team-high third goal of the 2014 campaign in the 49th minute. The Herd kept pressure on the Mountaineer defense, and in the 55th minute, a Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.) chip deflected off Simmons and past Appalachian State keeper Megan Roberson to extend Marshall’s lead to 2-0.

The Herd’s shutout hopes were sunk in the 82nd minute when Aubrey Fletcher set up a header for Julia Holz, who sent it from right to left past Marshall keeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.). Appalachian State looked for an equalizer in the last few minutes, but ran out of time, giving the Herd its first home win of 2014 with a 2-1 final score.

Marshall led shots (16-13), shots on goal (7-5) and corner kicks (7-5). Roberson made five saves for the Mountaineers while taking in two goals, and Kish made three saves while taking one goal against her. Sophomore Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio) recorded a team save for the Herd when she deflected a shot away from the goal in the 16th minute. Simmons and Arnold led Marshall with four shots each, while all three of Culicerto’s shots were on-target.

Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On differences from the first half to the second half:
“We were frustrated in the first half, and you could tell from the players how they changed their style of play. From the first 20 minutes or so they were impatient on the attack. I was happy for those first 20 minutes. I felt you could see the frustration building, coupled with the fact that as we committed and got more impatient and threw our numbers forward, [Appalachian State’s] counter-attack was pretty effective. They were dangerous. I would say we were frustrated on a whole. We wanted to play better all the way around.”

On junior forward Erin Simmons:
“What we’re seeing now is more of what we saw in her as a freshman. When you look at her as an upperclassman, you see she is shouldering a lot of the responsibility. She’s not just talking the talk, she’s doing it. She’s been a real staple for us and I’m looking forward to see where she goes and how she develops later in the season.”

Just five games into the 2014 schedule, Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.) has matched her career-highs of three goals and six points in a single season. Her three goals and six points lead the 2014 Herd thus far. Last year, Culicerto netted two goals against Kent State (Aug. 25, 2013) and notched the game-winner in overtime versus Liberty (Sept. 15, 2013). This season, she scored two in a 3-3 draw with VCU (Aug. 24) and one in the Herd’s 2-1 victory over Appalachian State (Sept. 7).


-          The Herd won at home: Oct. 20, 2013 – vs. Middle Tennessee (W, 2-1 OT)

-          Erin Simmons scored a goal: Nov. 6, 2013 – vs. Charlotte (C-USA Quarterfinals) (L, 3-1)


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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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