No. 24 Women's Soccer Earns Third Straight Shutout
Sept. 6, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The no. 24 Marquette women's soccer team improved to 3-0 for the third time in program history with a 2-0 shutout of LaSalle Thursday evening at Valley Fields. Sophomore Michelle Compty and freshman Ashley Bares each scored goals for the Golden Eagles. With the win, MU pushed its home win streak to nine games dating back to the 2006 season and stand 97-28-7 all-time at Valley Fields.
"This was the right game at the right time," said head coach Markus Roeders. " LaSalle brought in a good challenge, but at the same time we responded well. They came out aggressive and wanted to attack us, and I thought it took us 10 minutes to get into the game in terms of matching LaSalle's intensity to get balls. They created a few match-up problems in the midfield for us, but I thought we adjusted well which will help us as we move forward. We need to get better at finishing our opportunities to put the game away earlier, but we have to play 90 minutes. They made us play 90 minutes."
Despite LaSalle's aggressive play, the Golden Eagles created opportunities early and were able to remain composed. Marquette found its rhythm on offense and was able to capitalize.
The Golden Eagles scored their first goal of the evening in the 12th minute when Kelly found Michelle Compty on the left wing. Compty controlled the ball, took one step and sent it past Lauren Malizia. It is Compty's first goal of the season and Kelly's fourth assist.
"Michelle Compty did exactly what we have been talking about of beating her player. I thought the energy she brought again tonight was tremendous."
For the remainder of the half, Marquette pushed hard on offense and peppered LaSalle with shots. Marquette was able to launch four shots in the final 10 minutes of the first half and finished the first stanza with seven shots, three on goal, and was awarded four corner kicks.
Marquette continued its barrage of shots in the second half. The Golden Eagles fired off six shots in opening 13 minutes of the second while taking three corner kicks.
"We really pressed hard to get that second goal. Our offense is coming along. Without Allison Mallams it is great to see. The intensity was high. We are creating opportunities, now we just want to make them count."
Bares found the back of the net in the 66th minute to make it 2-0 and seal the win for Marquette. Bares gathered the ball from freshman Rosie Malone-Povolny, turned past a LaSalle defender and fired a rocket of shot high to the upper corner out of Malizia's reach.
For the game, the Golden Eagles registered 20 shots to LaSalle's two. Eight of MU's shots were on goal. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer played all 90 minutes and made one save to register her third shutout of the season, 17th of her career. In the Golden Eagles' three games, they have allowed just five shots on goal.
"Defensively we were sound tonight. Laura was very confident tonight and our backline is growing more confident as well. When we turned the ball over we got ourselves in trouble, but as the game went on we got more and more possessions and got more and more opportunities."
The Marquette women's soccer team will hit the road this weekend for its first road test. The Golden Eagles will play at Michigan on Sunday, Sept. 9, at Noon CT.
"Going to Michigan is going to be a tall task. They are just coming off their tie at Notre Dame, and anyone who can get a result at Notre Dame must be doing something special. It will be a good game to prepare us as we move forward into the BIG EAST. Michigan will be very typical of a very good BIG EAST team. I like our chances. We are going to Michigan saying `let's go get a result'."
Post Game Notes
*Marquette has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2005 and third time overall.
*All three of MU's wins thus far have been 2-0 shutouts.
*In its three games, the Golden Eagles have outshot their opponents 54-12.
*Katie Kelly has registered at least one assist in all three games. She has four helpers for the season and stands tied for eighth on the all-time assists list with 17 for her career.
*With the win Marquette improves to 97-28-7 all-time at Valley Fields.