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Herd defeats Miami in women's soccer, 1-0

Sep. 23, 2013 @ 12:28 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall's Myka DeMarco scored in the 23rd minute to give the Thundering Herd a 1-0 win over defending Mid-American Conference champion Miami (Ohio) in women's soccer Sunday at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

It was DeMarco's third goal of the season and she's now tied for the team lead with Kristine Culicerto and Erin Simmons.

Marshall finished non-league play 5-2-1 and stopped Miami's scoring streak at 25 matches. The RedHawks (3-5-0) hadn't been blanked since Sept. 14, 2012.

Herd goalkeeper Lizzie Kish made three saves to record her second straight shutout and fifth of the season.

The Herd begins Conference USA play this weekend at home. Old Dominion visits on Friday at 7:30 p.m. UAB is in on Sunday at 1 p.m.

"We wanted to go forward with some momentum into conference play," Marshall coach Kevin Long said. "If momentum is a real thing, we wanted to have a successful style of play going into that first weekend."

Men's soccer

HUNTINGTON -- Nick Edginton headed home a cross from Jahvon Allison in the 78th minute to give Marshall (2-4-2) a 1-1 double overtime tie against Northern Kentucky (3-2-3) at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

"It was a tough match," Herd coach Bob Gray said. "Northern Kentucky is the type of team that is very similar to what we will face in conference play. I was pleased with our overall performance as I believe this was our best performance of the year.

"We had a couple of really good chances and their goal keeper came up big for them. They scored a goal early which was a little disheartening, but to our credit we battled back to get the equalizer. We tried to get the game-winner on a few good chances, but it just wasn't meant to be."

Marshall leads the overall series 4-3-1. The Herd wraps up non-league play Friday at home against Bowling Green. The match begins at 5 p.m.

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