Marquette falls 3-0 at No. 2 Stanford
Sept. 4, 2016
STANFORD, California – The Marquette University women’s soccer team fell 3-0 at No. 2/1/1 Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium after sustaining a 31-2 shot differential.
“Stanford is a very special team,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “They have a lot of great players, they do some things extremely well and they play their system extremely well. I thought we had moments where we looked like we could play and do some things that we wanted to do. There were other spells where we were maybe just a little panicky and a little bit rushed. We were not able to get players open quickly enough so we were never able to get in a flow. With the pressure and the way they play that takes some of our stuff away as well.”
Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Henry made a career-high seven saves for the Golden Eagles (2-3-1), who were playing a Stanford team that is ranked No. 1 in the country by Soccer America and TopDrawerSoccer. Seniors Meegan Johnston and Andee Nelson recorded the only shots of the day for Marquette with Nelson’s coming on a header that she flicked towards the net from the top of the 18-yard box late in the second half.
Stanford (5-0) was led by Andi Sullivan’s five shots, while Jordan DiBiasi and Averie Collins each fired four shots. DBiasi scored right after the start of the second half to put the Cardinal up 2-0 and Megan Turner tacked on the match’s final tally with just under 20 minutes remaining in the contest.
The Cardinal peppered Henry with 14 shots before breaking through in the 37th minute as Michelle Xiao beat Henry to the far post at a range of 20 yards from the left flank.
Marquette’s last matchup with the nation’s No. 1 team came on Sept. 6, 2009, a 1-0 defeat at the hands of North Carolina in the Inn at St. Mary’s Classic at Notre Dame. MU fell to Stanford 5-0 on Sept. 26, 2004 in its last trip to the Bay Area.
The Golden Eagles return to Wisconsin to host crosstown-foe Milwaukee at Valley Fields on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. Central time.
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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