Marshall Thundering Herd vs Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders live, MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Middle Tennessee soccer team will take to the road this weekend, playing two more games in Conference USA action against Old Dominion Friday, Oct. 18 and Marshall Sunday, Oct. 20.

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The Blue Raiders are coming off a heart-breaking 1-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in its annual pink game at Dean A. Hayes Soccer Stadium last Sunday. This weekend’s matchups will mark the first time MT has played Old Dominion or Marshall.

Middle Tennessee played a nearly flawless first half against LA Tech Oct. 13, keeping the Lady Techster offense at bay, while creating opportunities of its own. LA Tech managed only two shots in the first half and did not attempt a corner kick. The Blue Raiders took five shots, two of which were on goal.

Early in the second period, LA Tech broke through the MT defense, hitting a shot off the upper-left cross bar, sending Kelsey Brouwer to the left. The ball bounced right back and ended up finding the foot of Rosie Lethbridge, who scored on the open net.

Amalie Anderdal had three of the 10 shots for Middle Tennessee, while Kelsie Roberts fired two of her own. Emily Jorgenson, Miranda Caballero, Rachel Figg and Courteney Gibson each tallied one shot.

The Blue Raiders will look to move up from their current third-place position in the C-USA East play, sitting tied with UAB and Marshall.

Old Dominion (1-9-2, 1-3-1) has only been able to squeeze out one victory in its first 12 games of the 2013 season, taking a 2-0 victory against East Carolina Oct. 4.

In its lone victory of the season, ODU scored in the 10th minute, when Jessie Klamut received the pass from Jordan Jones, nailing it off the right post and in. The Monarchs added an insurance goal in the 87th minute, when Taylor Smith put one into the back of the net off a free kick.

Klamut and Smith are tied for a team-high two goals. Klamut leads Old Dominion with 29 shots taken, while playing in 11 games. In the net for Old Dominion is Meredith Lenox, who has played in all 12 games, making 44 saves with two shutouts.

On Sunday, Middle Tennessee travels to Huntington, W.Va., to take on Marshall (7-4-2, 2-2-1) for a match of third-place C-USA East Division teams. The Thundering Herd’s two C-USA wins are against ECU and Old Dominion by scores of 2-0 and 1-0, respectively.

In Marshall’s 2-0 victory against ECU, Myka DeMarco and Lizzy Lemons netted the team’s two goals. DeMarco is leading the Herd with four goals and two assists. Erin Simmons and Kristine Culicerto are tied for a team-second best three goals, while Simmons leads Marshall with 33 shots.

The Herd’s two losses came against LA Tech Oct 4. and UAB Sept. 29. Against the Lady Techsters, Marshall was shutout, while allowing two goals. Only a week earlier, Marshall lost 1-0 to UAB, surrendering a goal in the 79th minute.

Lizzie Kish has been a staple in goal for the Thundering Herd, starting in all 13 games. Kish has 46 saves with eight shutouts and was named C-USA Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 23.

Fans can follow all the action this weekend via live stats. Lives stats for the contest at Old Dominion are available here and the live stats for Marshall can be

LEXINGTON, Kentucky — Facing an unranked opponent for a change doesn’t necessarily mean that Kentucky has it easier. But after four straight losses to ranked opponents, including a 48-7 drubbing by No. 1 Alabama 10 days ago, the Wildcats might find Mississippi State a more manageable opponent.
jalen-whitlow-vs-florida.jpgKentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow, who suffered an ankle injury against Alabama on Oct. 12 against Alabama, has returned to practice this week. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

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Kentucky (1-5, 0-3 Southeastern Conference) returns from a bye to face the Bulldogs (3-3, 0-2) on Thursday night in Starkville. Wildcats coach Mark Stoops considers this matchup just as challenging because both schools are pursuing their first league victories.

One upside of that tough stretch of games is that Kentucky players are eager to apply what they learned against the Bulldogs. The week off came in handy in helping the Wildcats enter physically and mentally refreshed following the most grueling series of opponents in program history.

"I think should help us going into this game," Stoops said Monday about the bye week’s timing. "I think our preparation has been very good. I feel like the team is in a good place right now.

"I feel like we’re getting our legs back up underneath us. I feel like we’re getting a little bit healthier, and we’ve had some good work, so that should be good."

After Thursday’s prime-time appearance against the Bulldogs, Kentucky hosts FCS Alabama State for homecoming on Nov. 2 before hosting resurgent No. 5 Missouri (7-0) a week later.

Though Kentucky faces a tough road in its rebuilding process, Stoops said this upcoming stretch could show what kind of progress the Wildcats are making in they’re calling “the second season.”

Stoops said that Alabama “was a tough game and we’re going to watch it, we’re going to correct our mistakes and hold everybody accountable. But after that, let’s get ready for the next half of the season and in particular get ready for the next game, which is Mississippi State.”

The Wildcats head in a little bit healthier at key spots.

Sophomore quarterback Jalen Whitlow recovered enough from an ankle injury sustained against Alabama to practice this week, though he’ll likely back up Maxwell Smith.

"Jalen’s worked really hard to get back to where I think he’s going to be an option on Thursday," offensive coordinator Neal Brown said on Monday.

Senior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree could also be available after sitting out the Alabama games with a pectoral muscle injury. While his presence wouldn’t have helped against a powerhouse Crimson Tide offense that rolled up 668 yards including 299 rushing, Dupree’s return against MSU certainly boosts Kentucky’s strategy no matter what capacity he is used.

Though Mississippi State ranks 11th of the league’s 14 teams in total offense, its 457.5 yards-per-game average is 105 yards better than the last-place Wildcats (352.3). Kentucky must prepare for the possibility of facing two quarterbacks in Dak Prescott, the league’s No. 8 rusher with 457 yards and two touchdowns, or Tyler Russell, who has completed nearly 71 percent of his passes for 381 yards and two TDs.

Dupree said watching the Alabama game from the sidelines was hard but that he has learned from the absence and is ready to move forward — a prospect that obviously pleased defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot.

"He’s one of our best, if not our best player," Eliot said, "so I think to have him back will have a huge impact on everything we do on defense."