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Golden Eagles fall just short against Marshall

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Tennessee Tech soccer team became the first team to score a goal against undefeated Marshall in 2009, as junior Jen Hoffman put the Golden Eagles ahead 1-0 in the first half against the Thundering Herd. But Marshall would respond with 3 unanswered goals in the first half en route to a 3-2 win over the Golden Eagles at the University of Kentucky Tournament on Friday.

Hoffman's goal came in the 13th minute of the contest after freshman Kerri Reid set her up with a crossing pass.  The goal was Hoffman's first of the season, as Reid racked up her team-leading second assist of the year.

The Thundering Herd answered in a big way, scoring three goals in the final 20 minutes of the period to take a 3-1 lead into the break. First it was Kristen Berquist putting Marshall on the board in the 26th minute to tie the game at one. Then Erika Duncan gave Marshall a 2-1 in the 30th minute. Finally, Megan Tabler put Marshall up 3-1 in the 39th minute.

Sophomore goalkeeper Kaitlyn Thacker had three saves in the first half for the Golden Eagles and finished the contest with seven saves.

The Golden Eagles threatened in the second half, closing the gap on a goal from Cambron in the 62nd minute to pull Tech within 3-2. The goal was Cambron's second of the season, and she is second on the team in points with five. Cambron's goal was assisted by junior Brooke Mayo.

The Golden Eagles finished the game with three shots, all on goal. Hoffman had the only shot that didn't reach the back of the net for Tech.

Reid, Taren Brown, Leigh Heffner and Sarah Gawthrop played all 90 minutes for Tech, while Julie Thompson played 89.

Tech falls to 1-6-1 on the season, as Marshall improves to a perfect 7-0. The meeting was the first all-time between the two programs.

The Golden Eagles will play the second of their two matches at the UK Tournament on Sunday against host Kentucky.

Tech will return to Cookeville next weekend to open Ohio Valley Conference play against UT Martin on Sept. 25. Tech will then host OVC foe Murray State on Sept. 27. Admission to Tech home soccer matches is free.