Sept. 8, 2010
ATHENS, Ohio - The Marshall University women's soccer team snapped a two game win streak as it fell 1-0 to Ohio University in Wednesday night's nonconference match at Chessa Field.
The Thundering Herd drops to 2-2-2 on the season, while the Bobcats improve to 2-2 on the year, earning its first win in three matches.
The match established itself as a defensive battle early with only seven shots being registered in the opening 45 minutes of play.
Marshall once again proved to be more aggressive in the second half, tallying eight shots and seven corner kicks in the second period. The Herd is outshooting its opponents 54-24 and outscoring them 8-3 in the second half this season. However, it was the Bobcats who would strike in the 82nd minute for the only goal of the match.
A hand ball in the box by MU defender Meghan Wetzel (Aiken, S.C.) led to a Thundering Herd yellow card and a penalty kick for Ohio. Cathryn Rogers was able to take advantage as she blasted a shot past goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns (Hurricane, W.Va.) for her first goal of 2010.
The Herd presented itself with opportunities to even the match, hitting the crossbar twice in the closing minutes, but the Bobcats would walk away with the victory increasing its all-time lead to 8-1-1.
"Tonight was a winnable game for us," head coach Kevin Long said. "But we started off too passive, we waited until we were down to begin to be assertive and aggressive, which can't happen."
Megan Tabler (Ashland, Ky.), Marisa Leconte (Greer, S.C.) and Sarah Vinson (Amelia, Ohio) each tallied a team-high two shots on the night.
Kerns and Bobcats goalkeeper Mattie Liston each ended the contest with four saves.
The Herd return to action on Sunday, Sept. 12 as it looks to earn its first-ever victory against the Wildcats of Kentucky. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.