No. 24/19 Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play With Victory At Pittsburgh
Sept. 13, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The No. 24/19 Marquette women's soccer team (4-2-1, 1-0-0) got back to its winning ways on Thursday with a decisive 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh (5-5-0, 0-1-0) in the BIG EAST opener for both squads.
This begins the eighth season of BIG EAST action for the Golden Eagles and they are now 7-1 in conference lidlifters.
"We played well tonight and I am proud of our team's performance coming out of a learning weekend last Friday and Sunday," head coach Markus Roeders said. "It was an all-around solid performance and I am sure glad we were rewarded with the goals that were scored. Our movement off the ball was excellent throughout, superb possession, and if we would have been a little more clinical in our finishing, especially in the first half, we should have led by two or three after 45 minutes. We took full advantage of the 90 minutes and it is good to see Maegan Kelly and a couple of our other forwards, Kate and Mady, get on the scoreboard. Mady made the most out of her minutes tonight with a goal and two assists."
The Golden Eagles held a 1-0 lead going into the half after Stemmeler found the back of the net on a cross from Luba in the 38th minute.
Brown's goal came just seven minutes into the second period on a pass from Sloan that found the upper right corner of the net to add to MU's lead.
MU broke open a 2-1 lead in a 15-minute span as Kelly scored in the 75th minute, Reigle's goal game in the 85th minute and Vicker put the finishing touches on the stellar victory in the 87th minute on a pass from Jacobson.
Pittsburgh's lone goal came from a header by Morgan Sharick after a corner kick in the 61st minute.
Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned her first collegiate start. She played 90 minutes and tallied two saves.
"The girls came ready to play and to build from last weekend," Jaskowiak said. "We learned a lot and wanted to make a statement, which we did especially in the last 10 minutes of the game. We stress to never stop until the whistle blows and we kept pushing until the end. Tonight we had a lot of fun out there and hopefully we can keep this energy and excitement up the rest of the season."
The Golden Eagles' offense was hot with a blistering 34 shots, while on the other end the defense held the Panthers to just six shots. MU also owned a 12-2 edge on corner kicks.
"This is an important start to the BIG EAST slate and valuable points earned on the road," Roeders said. "Now we need to refocus quickly, get back and ready for Sunday to face a determined George Mason squad. After that our sole focus can be on BIG EAST play."
Marquette returns home and will host George Mason on Sunday. Kick-off is set for 1:00 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.
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