Huntington, W.Va. – The Herd women’s soccer team shutout the Campbell Camels, 3-0, in the inaugural match at Hoops Family Field at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.
“It feels good to get the first win in the first home game at the brand new stadium,” head coach Kevin Long said. “You couldn’t ask for a better night to have this kind of success. Last year, this team beat us, 4-2, so we certainly wanted to come out of the gates quickly.”
The Herd did just that in the second minute of play, jumping to a 1-0 lead with the first goal ever scored at the newly christened Hoops Family Field: a quick cross shot by sophomore Erin Simmons. Senior Casey Walsh was credited with the assist.
After a few substitutions by both teams in the middle of the half, freshman Beth Dine scored her first collegiate goal, putting the Herd up 2-0. She was unassisted on the play.
Another rookie, Kayla Byrnside, notched her first collegiate goal in the 85th minute to seal the deal for Marshall, 3-0. Freshman Sydney Arnold had the assist. At that point, Campbell substituted Samantha Lawson in goal for starter Alexis Connors. Connors (0-1-0) made seven saves on the day with three goals against her.
Junior Lizzie Kish (1-0-0) played all 90 minutes in the net for the Herd and tallied three saves for the match.
The Herd led the Camels in shots (18-5), corners (9-2) and saves (7-3).
Marshall (1-0-0) returns to the pitch at Hoops Family Field Sunday, Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. for a match with Kent State (1-0-0).