Women's Soccer Travels to Marshall, Kentucky This Weekend

Ashley Dibble (Photo by Rob Hayes)
Ashley Dibble (Photo by Rob Hayes)

The Youngstown State women's soccer team hits the road for the first time this season when they travel to Marshall on Friday, Aug. 30 for match against the Thundering Herd at 7 p.m. from Hoops Family Field. The Penguins head west on Sunday, Sept. 1 to battle the Kentucky Wildcats at 2 p.m. from the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex. 

Live stats will be available for both matches through YSUsports.com and Sunday's match against Kentucky will be streamed on ESPN3. 

Looking At The Opponents
Marshall: The Thundering Herd enter the match with an 0-2 record after dropping games to Michigan and Michigan State last week. Rene Ross scored the lone goal for Marshall as they are under the direction of 12th year head coach Kevin Long. 

Friday evening will be the first time in 18 years that YSU and Marshall square off in a regular season game. The last match between the two teams came in 2000 when the Thundering Herd defeated the Penguins 8-0. Last season, the teams played an exhibition match at Farmers National Bank Field which ended in a 1-1 tie. 

Kentucky: The Wildcats head into Sunday's match with a record of 0-0-2, but that will change as they travel to George Mason to play the Patriots on Thursday, Aug. 29. Jordyn Rhodes is the leading scoring for Kentucky after netting two goals in their season opener against Bowling Green. 

Sunday afternoon will feature the first-ever match between the Wildcats and Penguins as well as the first time that YSU battles a team from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). 

Last Time Out
The Penguins took care of business in their 2019 season opener when they took down Purdue Fort Wayne on Friday by a score of 2-1. The Penguins jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Addie Roman found the back of the net on a sequence of passes from a corner kick in the 2nd minute of play. After Fort Wayne tied the game in the 49th minute, Marcella Sizer scored what everntually went on to be the game-winning goal just two minutes later in the 51st minute. 

YSU dropped their second game of the weekend when they lost to St. Bonaventure by a score of 3-1. Sizer scored the lone goal for the Penguins when she converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute.

Sizer's Quick Start
Freshman Marcella Sizer picked up right where she left off and thats with scoring goals. Sizer, who scored 114 goals during her high school career, netted her first two collegiate goals this past weekend. She scored the game-winning goal in Friday's victory against Fort Wayne before adding another on penalty kick against St. Bonaventure. After the first week of games, Sizer is tied atop of the Horizon League for most goals scored (2) with Milwaukee's Haley Johnson. She also ranks second in points with four through the first two games. 

Youth Movement
With only seven upperclassman on the roster, Head Coch Brian Shrum turned to his talented group of freshman to play significant minutes over the first two matches. In fact, Friday's starting lineup featured six freshman while two others received playing time. On Sunday, Shrum gave the starting nod to seven freshman while three more saw action over the course of the match.  

Jivraj Starts In Net
Sophomore Zeeyana Jivraj got the nod in goal for the Penguins after making five appearances and three starts in 2018. Over the weekend, she made 13 saves total including nine in a winning effort against Purdue Fort Wayne. 

The Lone Senior
Larsen Murvin enters the 2019 season as the only senior on the Penguin's roster. She'll look to provide that "senior leadership" as the Penguins feature 22 underclassmen on their roster. For her career, Murvin has seen action in 39 games while also making 18 starts. She's record three assists during her time at YSU, with two coming during her freshman year and one last season as a junior. To begin her senior campaign, Murvin has seen significant playing time making two starts at the defender position. 

Up Next
The Penguins return to Farmers National Bank Field on Friday, Sept. 6 when they host Akron at 7 p.m. On Sunday, Sept 8 the Penguins will travel to St. Francis (Pa.) to battle the Red Flash from the Stokes Soccer Complex.

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