Golden Eagles Soar Past Washington in Season Debut, 2-0

Aug. 31, 2007

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's soccer team started the 2007 season in fine fashion defeating Washington, 2-0, Friday evening at Valley Fields in the first game of the Milwaukee Cup. Senior Christy Zwolski and sophomore Anna Sawicki each scored goals for the Golden Eagles. The win marks the third consecutive season Marquette has won its season opener.

"If you looked at the team and understood that everything is still new for them and that we are still trying to settle in and identify roles, I am pleased," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We won 2-0, we had a shutout, and we limited their opportunities. Washington is a very good team. To start the way we did is going to give us extra confidence and experience. Overall, I am very please that we started the season the way we did."

The Golden Eagles, who are ranked no. 30 according the Soccer Buzz Preseason poll, took most of the first half to find their rhythm. Marquette scored its first goal of the night off of a corner kick awarded to the Golden Eagles in the 41st minute. MU's free kick specialist, Kelly, served the ball in near post right to the head of Sawicki who had just entered the game three minutes earlier. With ease, Sawicki knocked it in past Washington's keeper, Taylor Carr.

Sawicki and Kelly also played a role in Marquette's second goal four minutes into the second half as each were credited with an assist. Kelly sent the ball down the right line to Sawicki who dished the ball off to Zwolski in front of Washington's goal. Zwolski controlled the ball, took a dribble and knocked it past Carr.



"She is a year older and she did it last year," said Roeders of Sawicki. Coming in and scoring right off a corner and then assisting the second goal, what more can you ask of her? She was tremendous."

Marquette's newcomers saw time in their first collegiate game. Kelsey Lynch and Rosie Malone-Povolny earned their first starts of their careers, while fellow newcomers Amanda Longo, Lauren Thut, Ashley Bares, and Kristi Laurenzi all saw action off the bench.

For the game Marquette tallied 13 shots to Washington's five. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer earned her 15th career shutout while making one save for the game.

The Golden Eagles will look for its fourth Milwaukee Cup title when it takes on Indiana State at Valley Fields on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Match Notes

With the win, Marquette improves to 7-6-2 all-time in season openers and 7-4-1 under head coach Markus Roeders. The Golden Eagles improve to 6-3-1 when its season debuet is played at Valley Fields.

Marquette has won its last three season openers. All three wins were shutouts.

MU improves to 11-4 all-time in the Milwaukee Cup. Marquette will look for its third consecutive Milwaukee Cup, fourth overall, when it plays Indiana State on Sunday, at 1 p.m.

The Golden Eagles stand 95-28-7 all-time at Valley Fields.

Post Match Quotes

Senior forward Christy Zwolski

About her goal in the second half
"It was a great pass from Anna. I saw space on my left and I took it. The goal was wide open. Actually, she took it far enough up the line so that I could have all of the space and time. It was a great ball from her. She set it up and I just put it away."

About the start of the season
"We are excited to get started, but we realized we have a lot of work to do. It was a good win, especially the Milwaukee Cup. We want to keep it in our locker room."

Associate head coach Frank Pelaez
"I always tell our team before the first game that we have to get better. We should be at our best by our last game. So, tonight was a step in the right direction. It is a win, which is important at home. I think our players all have the feeling that this is something important that we have to protect. Whoever comes here has to do something incredible to take a win from us. I think they get that. Can we still work on the tactical part of the game, yes. We have a lot of young players out there who are great soccer players, but we still have to work being a good team when it comes to executing. I think today was a great chance for a lot of our younger players to get the jitters out."


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