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Herd women’s soccer, Army play to draw

August 21, 2018

WEST POINT, N.Y. — Marshall’s women’s soccer team battled Army through 120 minutes, but neither side was able to emerge as the match ended in a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon from Malek Stadium.

Marshall moves to 0-1-1 while Army is now 1-0-1.

Senior Ashley Seltzer and junior Farah Abu-Tayeh each connected for their first goals of the season in the match.

“It took us a while to find each other on the field and that is due to the high level of pressure Army put on us,” Marshall head coach Kevin Long said. “We were able to show a lot more offense as the game went on and I am hoping that is a sticking trend.”

Marshall took a 2-1 lead with just under 15 minutes left after Abu-Tayeh took a pass from Gabby Powers and scored, but Army got the equalizer less than two minutes later and the teams went through the final 12 minutes of regulation and two overtime periods without finding the net.

Marshall goalkeeper Megan Bonelli helped keep the match knotted with a pair of saves in the overtime session. She finished the match with six saves.

Army was the aggressor early, taking a 1-0 lead into the intermission.

However, the Herd got its equalizer in the 53rd minute when Alyssa Totzke was taken down in the box, which led to Seltzer’s penalty kick goal.

After opening the season with a pair of road matches, Marshall returns home for its opener on Friday against UT-Martin, which is a doubleheader with Marshall men’s soccer at Hoops Family Field.

The women’s contest against UT-Martin starts at 4:30 p.m. while the men’s team takes on Duquesne at 7 p.m.

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