WSOC Shutout in 1-0 loss at Kansas
Aug. 21, 2016
LAWRENCE, Kansas - The Marquette University women's soccer team dropped its second straight contest to begin the 2016 regular season, falling 1-0 to Kansas at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday evening.
"I thought it was a game where we got better as the game went on," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "It was a better game all around (than Friday). In the first half we had to settle in a little bit and we weren't really stable in the midfield. We had to absorb a little bit of pressure out of which came their goal, which was a pretty good goal. The adjustment that we made and the effort we put forth going into the second half and throughout created some chances. It was not the result we wanted, but when you look at where we are in the season, it is a situation where are on the wrong end, but we are going in the right direction."
Freshman keeper Maddy Henry made four saves for the Golden Eagles (0-2), who saw 16 KU shots in the loss. MU was able to muster seven shots on the night with three coming from Ashley Handwork, while Morgan Proffitt had a pair.
The Jayhawks (1-1) held on for the victory after an early score and kept MU out of the attacking third for much of the latter portion of the contest, save for a few late opportunities.
The Golden Eagles had a pair of early corners, but it was the Jayhawks who struck first in the 19th minute. Grace Hagan broke free past Madison Dunker, which opened space for a cross from Morgan Williams on the right flank into Mandi Duggan, who headed in her first career goal.
The Jayhawks held a 9-3 advantage in shots over the first 45 minutes, including a 5-1 edge in shots on goal. Henry made three saves in the first stanza and MU also received a team save as freshman Emily Hess halted a shot off a corner kick. The chance came at point blank range in the 37th minute to prevent KU from going up 2-0.
Another Marquette team save came off a corner kick in the 59th minute as Bartels was the last line of defense on a shot from KU's Kayla Morrison. The ball was blasted from the weak side and was blocked by Bartels after the shot had gotten past the outstretched arms of Henry.
The Golden Eagles had their best look of the second half in the 79th minute on a free kick served in by Meegan Johnston. Morgan Proffitt and Ashley Handwork were each able to fire shots from inside the box, but time was called on the pitch after Handwork's shot connected with the head of KU's Hannah Lukinac.
Marquette resumes action on Thursday, Aug. 25 in a 7 p.m. showdown with Illinois State in Normal, Illinois. The contest will be broadcast live on WatchESPN.
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