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August 26, 2013

Culicerto’s 2 goals propel Marshall past Kent State

HUNTINGTON — The Culicerto family is making an impact at Marshall.

Senior Kristine Culicerto netted two goals for Marshall in a 3-0 shutout of Kent State Sunday at Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex.

Culicerto and her sister Kelly are teammates at Marshall who graduated from David W. Butler High in Charlotte, N.C. They are the granddaughters of retired Woodrow Wilson football coach Pete Culicerto.

Their brother, Pete, is a former linebacker for the Thundering Herd.

“I think today really boosted (Kristine’s) confidence,” head coach Kevin Long said. “The Culicerto family is such a great Marshall family. What we’re seeing is impacts from both (Kelly and Kristine) on both sides of the field. Kristine’s also coming back from an injury so there’s storyline after storyline with the Culicertos.”

Culicerto’s first goal came at the 10th minute when she headed in a corner kick from sophomore Jenna Dubs. Not much action followed the rest of the half, with the Thundering Herd’s only shot on goal being Culicerto’s header.

“If we’re going to compete in the conference this year we’ve got to have back-to-back quality performances like this weekend,” Long said. “In the second half I thought we brought out that quality that we’re going to expect day in and day out.”

The second half brought about freshman Sydney Arnold’s first collegiate goal at the 65th minute, when she capitalized on a pass from fellow freshman Kayla Byrnside. Kent State goalkeeper Stephanie Senn (1-1-0) got a hand on Arnold’s high cross shot, but could not keep it out of the net.

Less than four minutes later, Culicerto struck again on a cross pass from junior Myka DeMarco, sealing the match at 3-0.

The last time a member of the Herd scored two goals in a match was Sept. 23, 2012, when Chelsey Maiden and current sophomore Erin Simmons both netted twice in a 4-1 victory over UTEP.

The Herd had a few more chances to score at the end of the match with a flurry of shots by junior Alyssa Cathey and senior Morgan Cain. Cain hit the crossbar twice in the final four minutes.

The Flashes couldn’t come up with many scoring chances, with three total shots on goal. Marshall goalkeeper Lizzie Kish (2-0-0) made three saves on the day for her second consecutive shutout.

Marshall led Kent State in shots (17-11) and both teams took six corner kicks. Senn made four saves on the day and tallied three goals against her.

The Herd (2-0-0) finished the weekend with two victories, both 3-0, vs. Campbell (0-1-0) and Kent State (1-1-0). The win over Campbell was the first women’s match ever played at Marshall’s new stadium.

Marshall stays at home next weekend with matches vs. James Madison (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Akron (Sunday, Sept. 1, 1 p.m.).


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