Redshirt Sophomore Molly Pfeiffer tallied the lone MU goal of the match with a header in the 72nd minute.
April 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team fell to crosstown foe UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, Sunday at Valley Fields in the squad’s first contest of their spring 2016 campaign.
“We learned a lot about our team today,” said Markus Roeders, who is entering his 21st season as head coach of the Golden Eagles. “Nobody on our team is happy about losing, but we will learn from it and that's what the spring is all about.”
Despite outshooting the Panthers, 3-2, in the first half, the Golden Eagles were unable to strike first, as UWM opened the scoring in the 27th minute after a long cross from the left side was picked up by the Panthers and deposited past MU keeper Sloane Carlson.
Early in the second half, Milwaukee was able to extend their lead to 2-0 after capitalizing on a penalty shot attempt in the 52nd minute.
“Our start lacked some energy and that could partly be due to us trying a new formation,” said Roeders. “We have only trained this formation for a couple of weeks, so there is a definite learning curve. Our team got stronger and stronger and the last 30 minutes we dominated the play. Unfortunately, we had dug ourselves a 0-2 hole by then.”
Following the second Panthers goal, Marquette was able to pick up the tempo offensively and have a strong finish to the match. In the 57th minute, Freshman Allison Jacobson sent an excellent ball into Heather Handwork, who beat the UWM keeper, but the Sophomore’s goal was disallowed after an offside call.
Marquette finally broke through in the 72nd minute as Molly Pfeiffer received a cross into the box from Leah Celarek, and the Barrington, Ill., native took advantage, heading home the lone MU goal of the game.
Even with the loss, Roeders was pleased with the growth of his players throughout the match, as all 18 players who were healthy played extended minutes in the match. “It's exciting to see how players are developing and how our group has embraced the new elements were are working on.”
Carlson, a Freshman from St. Louis, Mo., played the full 90 minutes in the goal, while fellow classmate Courtney Dugan saw her first collegiate action after redshirting in the fall due to injury.
“Hopefully with some additional training and getting comfortable, we will build on this and have longer stretches of great play.” Roeders continued, “A lot of positives are in place, it will be fun to keep watching us grow over the next month.”
After the loss to UWM, Marquette will continue its spring 2016 slate Sunday, April 17, with an 11 a.m. Central time tilt against Loyola-Chicago at Valley Fields.