MU Olympic Sports Update

It's not just about football at Marshall Athletics. While the football team was giving Tennessee all they wanted in a 34-24 loss, Marshall's men's and women's soccer and volleyball were in action. Women's golf kicked off the weekend as well.

The Thundering Herd men's soccer team shut out the High Point Panthers 1-0 Friday night at Sam Hood Field. Granit Caushaj, the goal scorer in Monday's game against St. Peter's, kept his hot streak going by scoring the only goal of the contest against High Point. The Herd's scoring goal came by way of an assist by Brandon Mason. Caushaj scored at the 44:08 mark of the game, giving the Herd the lead going into the half. The Panthers came out shooting in the second half, but Marshall goalie Joe Nebel made seven saves, including one in the final minute, to preserve the win for the Herd. The defense, led by team captain Paul Dirou and Rob Clouse, played well in front of Nebel to contribute to the win. High Point came close to tying the game at the 74:09 mark, but their shot hit the post.

High Point out-shot the Herd, 16-13. Caushaj led the way for the Herd, tallying up five shots, including the team's lone goal. Kirk Rudder and Chris Archer led High Point with four shots each. Marshall Coach Bob Gray was very pleased with the effort. "It is good to get a win, I am proud of the team, they played hard. We are still a young team, a little inexperienced, but we stayed in our system and were successful. The Herd travels to Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, PA, for a match on September 7.

The Marshall University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-30, 27-30, 27-30) decision to the University of Cincinnati on Friday in the opening day of the Bearcat Invitational at Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats were lead by preseason All-Conference USA selection Julie Dupont's match-high 20 kills and 17 digs. UC's Rachel Torblaa registered a .579 hitting percentage with 11 kills to help improve the Bearcats' record to 4-1.

Nicole Michal (Louisville, Ky.) paced Marshall (2-2) with 10 kills while Nickie Sanlin (Fairview Heights, Ill.) recorded a .385 hitting percentage with seven kills and five digs. Katie Stein (Sussex, Wis.) and Ashley Barnard (Maumee, Ohio) led the Thundering Herd with 32 assists and 10 digs, respectively. Cincinnati's .515 hitting percentage in the first game of the match was too much for the Herd, who countered with a .256 hitting percentage for a 25-30 loss. Marshall dropped two matches on Saturday in the Bearcat tourney. The host school, the University of Cincinnati beat Marshall 3-0 (25-30, 27-30, 27-30) late in the day after the Herd dropped a 3-1 set to New Mexico State (17-30, 31-29, 16-30 29-30). For the second consecutive week, Nichol Michal of Marshall was named to the all-tounament team.

In women's soccer, the 2002 Atlantic-10 regular season champion, Dayton, remained undefeated after a 3-0 shutout of the Herd. Marshall drops to 0-4 to start the season. Marshall was unable to convert on any of their six shots on the Flyer's goal. A-10 Freshman of the Week Sara West held the Herd scoreless for 45 minutes while posting one save. Dayton, now 3-0 to start the season, is ranked number four by "Soccer Buzz" national poll and is top-ranked in the "NSCAA/addidas Great Lakes Top Ten" poll. Marshall junior goalkeeper Ashleigh Woods had six saves for the Herd. Marshall opens coach Chris Kane's home schedule on Sunday, September 7, at 1:00 p.m. when the Herd host the Hokies of Virginia Tech at Sam Hood Field in Huntington. Admission is free.

Marshall University cross country's scheduled meet for Sept. 6, in Athens, Ohio, was cancelled. The Herd's next meet will be the Virginia Tech Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 20, in Blacksburg, Virginia.

On Sept. 3, 2003, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association released its NCAA Division I pre-season standings. It includes two members of the Thundering Herd. The Marshall Tennis team placed two individuals on this list. Senior, Jessica Johnson is ranked 95th on the singles list receiving 74 votes. In doubles again Jessica Johnson along with junior, Ashley Kroh ranked 41st receiving 130 votes.

Women's Golf opened the fall portion of their schedule over the weekend with an appearance in the Unlimited Potential Bay Tree Classic. The tournament was held in Charleston, SC, and results will be reported when available.

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