WSOC tops Michigan, 2-1, in home opener
Aug. 28, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team scored two goals in the second half to defeat Michigan, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields.
“I’m really proud and ecstatic about the win and how we played Michigan today,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “I know, and our team knows we played a very good team today. I think it’s a step in the right direction. It shows us what we’re capable of doing.”
The Golden Eagles (2-2) mirrored their performance against Michigan from a year ago, when they overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to top the Wolverines in Ann Arbor. Ani Sarkisian, who give U of M a 1-0 lead, also recorded Michigan’s lone tally in last year’s matchup.
The Wolverines (2-1-1) suffered their first setback and now fall to 1-4 all-time against Marquette.
Both teams put forth strong defensive efforts in the first stanza, as Marquette and Michigan combined for just nine shots. However, Michigan was able to break the scoreless tie in the 35th minute when Sarkisian was able to evade Marquette’s back line and find the upper-right 90 from just outside the box for her third goal of the season.
Marquette was unable to score on the limited chances they saw during the first half. Redshirt sophomore Carrie Madden tallied two shots on target in the first 45 minutes, both of which being saved by Michigan’s goalkeeper Sarah Jackson.
Marquette netted its first goal of the match when Emily Hess got tackled in the box, which resulted in a Golden Eagles penalty kick. Proffitt was able to capitalize on the penalty, tying the match in the 51st minute.
Hess would again help MU take the lead, sending a perfect cross into the box off a set piece, which Molly Pfeiffer was able to head in for the go-ahead goal.
The Wolverines intensified their offensive push late in the game, with three corner kicks the Golden Eagles were able to thwart.
“I thought we played with great resolve and grit and really couldn’t be more proud of them,” said Roeders. “I think they know what it takes to play at home and protect our home at Valley Fields. Hopefully we can take this forward and bottle it up and play this way the rest of the year.”
With the win, the Golden Eagles are now 11-1 in their last 12 home openers in the Valley.
Marquette returns to the pitch in the Bay Area on Thursday, Sept. 1 in a 9:30 p.m. match at No. 13 Santa Clara. The Golden Eagles will also face No. 3 Stanford on Sunday afternoon before heading back to Milwaukee.
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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