Oct. 27, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - A penalty kick by junior Myka DeMarco (Dallas) in the 80th minute helped to settle a 2-2 draw between Marshall women's soccer and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, Sunday afternoon, on Senior Day at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
After 110 minutes of action, the Thundering Herd moved to 8-6-3, 3-4-2 in Conference USA, and Tulsa moved to 9-6-3, 3-3-3 C-USA. Marshall remains unbeaten in overtime play this season (2-0-3).
"It was a flat, physical day," Marshall coach Kevin Long said. "I think emotions were running high. It's a hard day with the seniors saying goodbye to the facility. There's a bit of reality that sets in that they're not going to be able to play here forever, and a huge part of their life changes. That's an emotional toll that weighs heavily on their physicality."
With one match remaining in the regular season, the draw with Tulsa guaranteed Marshall's first winning season since 2009, when the Herd went 12-7-0, 5-6-0 in conference play. It also marked the third winning season in the program's 15-year history, two of which are under sixth-year coach Long.
The Golden Hurricane came out of the gate quickly, scoring in the third minute when Lana Bermel struck a deflection by Camille Pelley, hitting the left goal post and into the net. The first half ended with the Hurricane leading the Herd, 1-0.
In the 58th minute, junior Alyssa Cathey (Fort Collins, Colo.) took control 20 yards out and to the left of the goal. She booted a ball high into the right corner of the net, past Tulsa goalkeeper Hayley Harryman, to tie the match at one goal apiece. It was her second goal of the season.
Jordan O'Brien answered for the Hurricane in the 72nd minute when she one-timed a cross from Alexa Sidorakis inside the six-yard box, putting Tulsa up, 2-1.
The Herd found the 2-2 equalizer in the 80th minute when Tulsa was called for a handball inside the box, and DeMarco converted the penalty kick for her team-leading sixth goal of the season. During two extra periods of battle, neither team could find a golden goal and the match ended in a draw.
Marshall junior goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (Boyertown, Pa.) spent all 110 minutes in goal, making three saves and taking two goals against her. Harryman also took two goals against while making six saves.
The Herd led the shot chart, 20-15 (eight on-goal), and led corner kicks, 8-4. The physical match saw three yellow cards and one red card between the two teams, while Marshall committed a season-high 28 fouls to Tulsa's 17.
Five seniors dressed for their final home match in a Marshall uniform, Sunday, including Morgan Cain (Tarentum, Pa.), Kelsey Gault (Cincinnati), Caroline Harwell (Mooresville, N.C.), Lizzy Lemons (Louisville, Ky.) and Casey Walsh (Chalfont, Pa.).
Next, Marshall gears up for its final regular season match at FIU in Miami, Thursday, at 7 p.m.
The Conference USA Women's Soccer Tournament is scheduled to begin Monday, Nov. 4, in Houston. The top five teams from the East and West Divisions compete for the championship. For more information, including standings and statistics, visit Conference USA's website.
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