Aug. 16, 2008
Freshman Danielle Martens' game-winning goal with less than one minute to play gave the Marquette women's soccer team a 2-1 exhibition win over Wisconsin Saturday evening at Valley Fields. The game was part the Marquette soccer program's second annual FanFest.
Despite the short period of preparation, head coach Markus Roeders felt the team's determination to get the win shows promise for the young squad.
"Tonight's game was a good test for our squad," said Roeders. "Considering we have only spent less than a week in pre-season, we saw many positives. Winning the game at the end is exciting. It shows determination and a willingness to win. This group can be special, but we have a lot of work ahead of us and tomorrow we will be right back preparing for our game versus Loyola. We started strong tonight. At times we chased a bit too much, but our organization was good. The team kept pushing hard in the second half and getting all the healthy players on the field was important. We are talented and strength in numbers is definitely an advantage. They are eager to learn and want to get better."
The Golden Eagles stuck first early in the seventh minute when Martens served the ball across the front of the goal to junior Michelle Compty, who nailed it far post.
Wisconsin got the equalizer in the 27th minute when Laurie Norbusch knocked one past freshman goalkeeper Natalie Kulla.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles created many opportunities but were unable to capitalize. Marquette was awarded a corner kick with 17 minutes to play in the game; however, no MU player could get a foot on sophomore Lauren Thut's serve.
With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Martens took the aggressor role and ran onto the end of a Marquette free kick, but her shot sailed high.
For the remainder of the game, the two teams pushed hard to claim the win, but the Golden Eagles prevailed when Martens took control of the ball, got through Wisconsin's backline and found the back of the net with 49 seconds left to play.
For the game, the Golden Eagles out shot the Badgers, 14-9. Both Kulla and junior transfer Chelsey Turner saw action in net. Kulla played the first 45-minute half, while Turner played the second 55-minute stanza. The pair combined for three saves.
The Golden Eagles will return to Camp Whitcomb for the remainder of training camp and will open the season against Loyola (Ill.) on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at Valley Fields.