Molly Pfeiffer had three points in the win, including the match-winning goal
Aug. 23, 2015
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Goals from Allison Jacobson and Molly Pfeiffer just 34 seconds apart allowed the Marquette University women's soccer team to pick up its first victory of the season, a 2-1 decision over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium.
"Huge win and congrats to our team today," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said following the victory. "We showed tremendous determination, grit, character and the ability to adjust within the game. The first goal was crucial and a fantastic finish by Allison Jacobson. We just jumped on them with two quick goals in that short span. To come here and beat a great team like Michigan is a real statement by our team."
The Golden Eagles (1-1) were being outshot 12-3 by the Wolverines until the 78th minute when Jacobson scored on a feed from Pfeiffer, followed shortly thereafter by Pfeiffer's header. All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection Liz Bartels set up Pfeiffer for the go-ahead goal with 11:45 remaining on a cross from left to right, while Jacobson's volley was her first collegiate goal in a Marquette uniform.
"We improved today and showed a willingness to learn and get better. I love our fighting spirit and we didn't let our heads down when it would have been easy to throw in the towel," said Roeders.
Michigan (1-1) peppered MU with 14 shots, 10 of which came in the opening half, but Marquette goalkeeper Amanda Engel stood strong in net with three saves. U of M scored eight goals in its season-opening 8-1 victory over Eastern Michigan on Friday evening.
"In the first half, Michigan had more of the match and was dangerous on some set plays as well," Roeders said. "We stayed compact and worked very hard but our adjustments at half worked very well. It was an even match in the second 45 minutes with us taking advantage of the chances we created. Some gals on the bench really made a difference and our strength is in our team and numbers. Molly had a great day all around plus the goal and assist. I'm very proud of getting the result today and bouncing back onto the winning track after Friday. We built a tough schedule and we will benefit from it moving forward."
The Wolverines jumped out to an early lead just 3:27 into play as Ani Sarkisian found the back of the net after getting to a loose ball and tucking it inside the far post. Teammate Madisson Lewis kept the ball in play on the possession before Sarkisian buried her second goal in as many games to begin the year.
Forward Darian Powell recorded the first shot in the eighth minute for the Golden Eagles, who did not register another until Meegan Johnston missed wide in the 44th minute. Michigan outshot MU 10-2 in the opening half and had four corner kicks to MU's zero.
The Golden Eagles did not post their first shot of the second half until the 73rd minute when senior midfielder Ann Marie Lynch had her first shot of the season saved by U-M keeper Megan Hinz.
Marquette improves to 3-1-0 all-time against the Wolverines with the victory.
Freshman Jamie Kutey made her first start of the year for the Golden Eagles after seeing action as a reserve in the season opener against Utah. Michigander Caitlin Carroll also made her first career appearance with MU in her native state and played 24 minutes.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Aug. 28 at Valley Fields against Portland at 7 p.m. and will also face Boston University on Sunday afternoon.