No. 20/25 Marquette Falls to No. 4/2 UCLA
Aug 30, 2013
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.
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.