No. 20/25 Marquette Falls to No. 4/2 UCLA

Freshman Ashley Handwork scored her first collegiate goal for MU

Aug 30, 2013

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NOTRE DAME, Ind.--The No. 20/25 Marquette women's soccer team struck first, but ultimately fell to No. 4/2 UCLA in the Notre Dame adidas Invitational on Friday afternoon. Freshman Ashley Handwork netted her first collegiate goal in the contest.

"We played at a very high level today and showed that we can play with the best team," head coach Markus Roeders said. "We had a terrific start with Ashley's goal and it was unfortunate we had to concede one a few minutes later. Our team has a strong will and we played UCLA toe to toe. Although we have dropped a couple games early on this season, we won't hang our heads. Our squad has made great improvements within a week and the potential for our team is tremendous. We are getting better defensively, our possession is getting more crisp and the offensive firepower holds throughout a game. If we continue along this path, we will have a great season and can look forward to many wins."

Handwork wasted no time getting MU on the board as she finished a feed from senior Taylor Madigan on the left wing to score eight yards out, just 45 seconds into the game.

UCLA (3-0) evened the score at 1-1 at the 4:27 mark when Darian Jenkins scored an unassisted goal from the right wing. Madigan took a shot on goal to try and break the tie at 11:28, but it was saved.

The 1-1 score carried into halftime and until 60:59 when Sam Mewis took the ball from the top corner of the box and found the back of the net. It was a third consecutive shot for UCLA and gave the Bruins a 2-1 advantage.

Madigan had a good look to tie the score and extend the game with a shot at 82:36, but it was saved and the Bruins defeated MU, 2-1.

UCLA owned the edge on total shots, 19-13, but corner kicks were even at one apiece. Five shots for the Golden Eagles were on goal.



In net, sophomore Amanda Engel now has a 1-2 record as she played a full 90 minutes and recorded one save.

Madigan was credited with two shots on goal and one assist, while senior Maegan Kelly and junior Mady Vicker each had one shot on goal.

The Golden Eagles will have a one day break and return to Alumni Stadium at Notre Dame to face Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 1. Kick-off is slated for 10 a.m. CT.


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