Oct. 2, 2011
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - After two overtime periods the Marshall Thundering Herd walked away with a 1-1 tie against the opposing University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers Sunday at Sam Hood Field. This is the third consecutive matchup between these two teams that has gone to overtime, as Marshall tallied a 1-0 double overtime victory in 2009 and the Blazers mustered a goal in the 95th minute in the 2010 regular season.
Marshall executed an exceptional offensive approach in the opening period with numerous counter attacks that put the pressure on the Blazers throughout the half. Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo./Rocky Mountain HS) helped the Herd strike first as she striped a 25-yard shot past Blazer goalie CJ Winship to give Marshall the 1-0 lead at the 19-minute mark.
UAB never let up, however, firing shot after shot at Herd goalie Lindsey Kerns (Hurricane, W.Va./Nitro HS). Kerns withstood the pressure until Carolyn Polcari bee-lined a shot into the bottom left portion of the net on a penalty kick that tied the match at one.
Each team had several opportunities to put the other away, but strong defense endured the offensive attacks and kept either squad from scoring another goal. After two overtime periods the game ended at 1-1.
The Herd fired 17 shots throughout the competition, led by Angela DeSumma (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks East HS), who tallied five shots, which were comprised of three shots-on-goal. Chelsey Maiden (Vienna, W.Va.) delivered four shots herself, including two on-goal, while Sarah Vinson contributed three shots. MU also tallied more corner kicks than UAB, 7-6.
Lindsey Kerns, playing her second game of the season, put on another masterpiece in the net by not allowing a single goal in the course of regular play. Other than the allowed penalty kick, Kerns recorded 12 saves, putting her at 21 total saves on the weekend.
Head Coach Kevin Long noted after the game, "We gave ourselves several chances to score. In the first half our passing and execution was well-designed. Yet, we gave the ball to UAB too many times and couldn't finish when we had chances.
Marshall will continue its home stand next weekend, hosting the University of Central Florida and Southern Miss on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.