DALLAS (SMU) – With the game tied late, the SMU women’s soccer team once again scored a crucial late goal as it defeated Marshall 2-1 tonight at Westcott Field. The win moves the Mustangs to 9-5-1 on the season and 5-1-1 in Conference USA, while Marshall drops to 3-9-3 overall and 1-4-2 in the league.
SMU struck first in the 19th minute as Kenzie Scovill scored her team-leading fifth goal of the season. A Marshall miscue on a clearance led to a deflected ball off of a defender that Scovill quickly pounced on and one-timed a shot to the lower left corner past Marshall goalkeeper Lindsey Kerns.
The Mustangs continued to pressure the Marshall defense, with one chance after another, outshooting Marshall 7-4 in the half.
Coming out of the break, Megan Tabler quickly leveled the score just shy of two minutes into the half. Alyssa Cathey and Chelsey Maiden linked up with Tabler as she slotted a shot to the near post from six yards out.
Just past the 80-minute mark, Courtney Smith stepped up to take a corner from right flag. The sophomore’s left-footed cross into the six-yard box continued to bend as Kerns went up to get a handle on it. The Herd keeper was unable to grasp the ball as it continued to drift into the back of the net for the eventual game-winner. The goal was Smith’s second on the season and second game-winning goal as well.
The Mustang defense buckled down in the final nine-plus minutes to preserve the win. In total, SMU outshot Marshall 16-7, edging the opposition 4-2 in corner kicks.
The Mustangs are back at home on Sunday as the team hosts East Carolina on senior day. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Westcott Field.
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