Marshall Edges Soccer In Exhibition Match

Aug 15, 2019

Credit MSU Athletics

The Morehead State Soccer team dropped an exhibition match against Marshall 2-0 on Thursday evening at MSU Recreation & Wellness Center Intramural Field.

The Thundering Herd netted a goal off of a free kick by Rene Ross with less than a minute remaining in the first half. The visitors again found the back of the net on a counter-attack goal by Marah Abu-Tayeh in the 75th minute. Aby-Tayeh's goal was assisted by Farah Abu-Tayeh.

"This is why we play this exhibition matches," said Eagles' head coach Warren Lipka. "Our team came out and was really good at defending space throughout the game. Their (Marshall) second goal came after we hit them with a strong attack and they were able to counter it well so credit to them. Overall though I was pleased with my club's effort tonight and look forward to getting back to work."

In goal, the Eagles utilized both freshmen goalkeepers as Kayla Landman played the opening half before Grace Gaffney hit the field for the final 45 minutes.

"I think both goalkeepers had their moments," said Lipka. "I thought Kayla (Landman) was a good distributer of the ball and came off her line well and then Grace (Gaffney) made some big saves for us in the second half."

The Morehead State offense managed a solid attack in the final 15 minutes of play that left Lipka proud of his teams' effort.

"I told my team how proud I was of their effort down the stretch and I thought the fight they showed was tremendous and a great thing to see this early in the process."

Morehead State returns to the field on Saturday for its final exhibition match on Saturday at Northern Kentucky. The Norse and Eagles will kick things off on at 7:00 p.m. ET at the NKU Soccer Stadium.