Marquette Battles Back to Defeat New Mexico 2-1

Freshman Eli Beard scored her first collegiate goal vs. New Mexico
Sept. 5, 2014

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--The Marquette University women' soccer team (2-3) got back on the winning path in a come-from-behind victory, defeating the New Mexico Lobos 2-1, Friday afternoon in Colorado Springs to open the Colorado College Invite.

It truly was a tale of two halves. After trailing 1-0 after the first 45 minutes of action, the Golden Eagles stormed out of the gates in the second half striking twice in the first eight minutes action. Junior Jacie Jermier broke through for MU when she was able to convert a free kick from about 20 yards out, knotting the score up at 1-1. Minutes later, freshman Eli Beard struck again with a dazzling shot from the left side of the pitch that put the Blue and Gold on top 2-1.

Beard's eventual game-winning goal in the 53rd minute was the first of her young collegiate career.

"I am very happy and proud of our team today to finish with the win," head coach Markus Roeders said. "After those few close losses, it feels great to be back on the winning track. The team earned it and deserved it. We put ourselves in a hole today but dug deep and rose to the occasion, especially in the second half. Jacie (Jermier) had another awesome strike and Eli (Beard) played a monster second half. Now it is time to keep building on this win, recover, and continue to win, starting Sunday vs. Colorado College on their home field."

The Golden Eagles were on the offensive for the majority of the second stanza, and were quickly able to put up eight shots in the first twenty minutes of play. After only four shots in the first half, Marquette exploded for 11 shots in the second, including eight shots on goal. Despite a back-and-forth first half between the two squads, MU was able to dominate the final stat line, outshooting its counterpart 15-6 and 9-3 in terms of shots on goal.

New Mexico (0-1) struck first when junior Dylann O'Connor was able to push a low-lining shot past Amanda Engel. Engel finished up with two saves on six shots faced for Marquette.

"The game was a grind from the first minute until the last," Jermier stated. "We've learned a lot in the last few games about what we need to do individually and collectively as a team, and it paid off for us today. Getting a victory on the road was even sweeter."

The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Sept. 7, when they face off against host Colorado College at 2:30 p.m. Central time in Colorado Springs.




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