Marshall Drops C-USA Opener, 1-0, to Hilltoppers

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall women’s soccer (3-4-2, 0-1-0) was held scoreless in its Conference USA opener by Western Kentucky (6-2-0, 1-0-0), 1-0, snapping the Thundering Herd’s seven-match scoring streak on Saturday evening at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

Following a blank scoreboard in the first half, Caitlin Hesse broke free for the Hilltoppers in the 58th minute and one-timed a rebound from 20 yards out past Herd keeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.). Marshall continued to fight for an equalizer with a combined three scoring opportunities by sophomores Kayla Byrnside (Milford, Ohio) and Sydney Arnold (Stafford, Va.), but ultimately could not convert and the Herd fell, 1-0, at the final horn.

Marshall decisively out-shot Western Kentucky (20-5) and led in corner kicks (6-3), but was unable to produce an offensive output. Kelly Culicerto(Charlotte, N.C.) took a team-high seven shots but placed zero on-target. Kish made two saves and took a goal against her.

Quotes by Coach Kevin Long:

On positive outcomes of the match despite the loss:
“We played well and dominated the game in a lot of different areas. The goal that was scored was a career-goal. She hit it really well and I’d like to see her do it twice in a row. What you’re seeing is 99 percent a great game, and the one percent is hurting us. It’s the first game of the conference season and we’re doing everything we’re supposed to do, except getting the result. That part is painful.”

On contributions by many different players on the roster: 
“We need it. We see it in training. We had a great week of training all across the board. Every player on the roster did a really good job in training. We recognized it during the previous week of games that we weren’t playing very well for 90 minutes and it was disappointing. It’s affecting our record. So, we put it to the players – we said we need players to step up. We need players to fight for their minutes.”


-          The Herd did not score a goal in regulation: Aug. 22, 2014 at No. 3 Virginia (L, 3-0)

-          The Herd lost at home: Sept. 4, 2014 vs. Purdue (L, 2-1)

-          The Herd dropped its C-USA opener: Sept. 21, 2012 vs. Colorado College (L, 2-1)

-          A member of the Herd attempted 6+ shots: Aug. 29, 2014 – Erin Simmons at Eastern Illinois (W, 3-0)


Western Kentucky remains unbeaten against Marshall (2-0), and leads the series in Huntington (1-0).

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Marshall will make its first C-USA road trip of 2014, visiting Charlotte (Oct. 3) and Old Dominion (Oct. 5). For all the latest information about Marshall women's soccer, follow @HerdWSoccer on Twitter.

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