Herd Women's Soccer Falls to RedHawks in Non-Conference Finale, 2-1

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

OXFORD, Ohio – Despite a team-high fifth goal by senior Kristine Culicerto (Charlotte, N.C.), Marshall women’s soccer (3-3-2) could not overcome a first-half deficit and fell, 2-1, to Miami (Ohio) (5-1-0) on Friday at Miami Soccer Field.

In the 11th minute, the RedHawks drew first blood on their second shot of the match when Kelsey Dinges struck from 25 yards out into the top right corner of the Herd’s net. It was Dinges again in the 27th minute, assisted by Amy Malone and Haley Walter, to extend the lead to 2-0.

Two minutes after the break, Marshall seemed to find its footing when Culicerto headed the ball into the net off a chip by Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio) to cut the lead in half. Marshall kept possession for the majority of the second half with three more scoring opportunities. The Herd’s back line held off the RedHawks but could not ultimately find an equalizer, falling, 2-1.

Miami led shots (17-10) and corner kicks (8-6) while Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) (3-3-2) made seven saves for the Herd.

Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On ending non-conference action and moving into Conference USA play:
“This was a game that demonstrated that we have work to do before Saturday [to start Conference USA play]. Miami is a good team. They played with the urgency that we’ll see in conference play. We need to do a better job of showing up to play.”


-          Kayla Byrnside made an assist: Aug. 25, 2013 – Kent State (W, 3-0)

-          Kristine Culicerto scored a goal: Sept. 14, 2014 – at Eastern Kentucky (W, 3-1)


Marshall has never won in Oxford (0-4), and trails in the series, 3-6-0.


-          Kayla Byrnside: first point of 2014

-          Kristine Culicerto: career-highs of five season goals, 11 season points, first time scoring in back-to-back matches

-          Berrie Walker: first career start


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.

Marshall will begin Conference USA play at home against league newcomer Western Kentucky on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex. For all the latest information about Marshall women's soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

Comments powered by Disqus