Bartels scores, but WSOC falls 2-1 at Nebraska
Aug. 19, 2016
LINCOLN, Nebraska – Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Liz Bartels scored in her return to her native Nebraska, but the Marquette University women’s soccer team fell to the Huskers, 2-1, on Friday evening in the 2016 opener at Hibner Stadium.
“It was great to get (Bartel’s goal) back before halftime,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “We scratched and clawed and tried to play. They had a unique style, which was much more direct than what we tried to do. But at the end of the day, give them credit, they grinded it out and we tried to do a lot of different things. I thought we went into the second half we dominated the overall play for long spells and created some opportunities. I think we could have been a little bit sharper in some areas. We could have gotten the ball a little bit wider a little bit more and be sharper on services.
Bartels scored her 11th career goal in the 32nd minute as the Golden Eagles (0-1) attempted to fight their way back from an early 2-0 hole.
“We had a couple of situations that I didn’t think we were particularly sharp on the first goal against,” Roeders said. “We were a little unfortunate that it happened that early because we were already playing from behind. The second came off a corner on a set play where Maddy (Henry) got pushed and undercut a little bit and I think we can be better in that situation.”
The Huskers struck first in the fifth minute as Meg Brandt got her boot on a Jaycie Johnson cross to beat Henry to the upper left corner of the net.
Nebraska’s second goal came in the 20th minute off a Sydney Miramontez corner kick as Henry was unable to fully deflect the ball that was played into the box. Morgan Proffitt was back at the goal line as the ball hurdled back towards the net, but a last ditch effort to get her head on the ball proved fruitless as it ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.
Bartels’ goal came in the 32nd minute as Carrie Madden played a ball into the box from the left flank. Madden found Bartels who slid to put the ball to the far post, just past the outstretched arms of NU keeper Aubrei Corder. The ball had just enough behind it to hit the post and bounce into the net for MU’s first marker of the year.
The Golden Eagles were able to apply pressure early in the second half but couldn’t capitalize on a number of good looks as Bartels and Proffitt maneuvered in space to generate chances.
Marquette resumes action on Sunday in a 7 p.m. showdown with Kansas at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas. The contest will be broadcast live on WatchESPN.
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