WSOC picks up first win at Illinois State, 2-1

Aug. 25, 2016

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NORMAL, Illinois - The Marquette University women's soccer team picked up its first victory of the 2016 campaign on Thursday evening with a 2-1 decision over Illinois State at Adelaide Street Field.

"We're elated to get that first victory under our belt," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "It wasn't easy, but I don't think anyone expected it to be. What Illinois State had already done this season - they've got to feel a level of disappointment because they've put a lot of work into their three games, but they haven't gotten any results."

Freshman Emily Hess scored her first collegiate goal to give the Golden Eagles (1-2) an early lead in the first half and Darian Powell was able to notch the match winner in the 78th minute off a Cali Pyzdrowski corner kick.

"It was important to start the way that we did and take advantage of set plays overall," Roeders said. "I thought there we're some things in the first half that going forward we are going to have to shore up, but in the second half we we're very good, very effective. I give our team a ton of credit, just for being resilient. Coming back from being up to the game being tied on the own goal, to the second half really having that fight, that belief and that winning spirit in them to get one back at the end. I am really proud of them and it's a great effort getting one on the road."

The Redbirds (0-3) outshot MU, 11-6, but it was Marquette whose 5-0 second half edge in corner kicks secured the victory.

Hess scored in the fifth minute off a corner kick on a shot that hit off the goalkeeper's arm and crossed the goal line after skimming the goalmouth. The officials convened for a minute before awarding the Golden Eagles the goal and their first lead of the 2016 campaign.

The goal was the first career tally for Hess who was making her first start of the year in her native Illinois. The freshman contributed all over on the evening, making a number of takeaways in individual one-on-one matchups and pushing the ball up field in her role as the left back. The Batavia, Illinois native also displayed toughness while taking shots off the chin in each half.

"Emily, as a freshman in her second college game, she plays the position very well," Roeders said. "She's had a great youth career and she's very comfortable back there. She came up big right at the beginning on a set play in the corner. I thought throughout she played very well and within herself. She did well on both ends of the field and hopefully she can build on that momentum and what she's brought so far. She was definitely one of the highlights of tonight's game.

The Redbirds picked up the equalizer in 23rd minute on an own goal after Pyzdrowski had a ball deflect off her and into the back of the net, beating keeper Maddy Henry to the far post.

The Golden Eagles were able to dictate the pace of play in the second half and eventually picked up the match winner in the 78th minute off Pyzdrowski's corner kick. Pyzdrowski sent the ball into the goal area and ISU keeper Haley Smith was unable to make a play on it before it hit off Powell and went in the net.

Redshirt freshman Hailey VanDerLeest and redshirt sophomore Carrie Madden each made their first career starts along with Hess in the victory.

Marquette returns to action on Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. in their home opener at Valley Fields when they take on Michigan in a match broadcast live on MU downed the Wolverines 2-1 in last season's meeting in Ann Arbor.

Keep up with the Marquette women's soccer program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and `liking' on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).




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