Women's Soccer Routs Rhode Island, 4-0
Sept. 16, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The No. 25/25/18 Marquette women's soccer team earned its seventh straight victory Sunday afternoon as it defeated Rhode Island, 4-0, at Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colo. Senior Christy Zwolski, junior Britni Benage, sophomore Molly Arenberg and freshman Ashley Bares each scored goals for the Golden Eagles who improve to 7-0 on the season. The Rams drop to 3-2-1 overall.
Bares, Benage, Zwolski, and junior defender Katie Kelly were all named to the all-tournament team. Bares was named the tournament most valuable player.
"Congrats to our entire team. We came out focused and set the tone from the beginning of the game," said head coach Markus Roeders. "All the chances that were created in the first half should have lead to a larger lead. We are champions on the weekend by beating two good teams and our team earned it. A lot of players got an opportunity and the level never dropped off, which speaks to our depth. Our back line limited chances again and we can't say enough about our team defense."
For the game, Marquette out-shot Rhode Island 23-3, including a 14-1 shots on goal differential. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer played 64:05 minutes in net and did not have to touch the ball. Fellow senior keeper Christy Smith saw the remaining 25:55 minutes of action in the game and made one save. Rhode Island keeper Jacquelyn Fede made 10 saves for the Rams.
The Golden Eagles controlled play immediately and went ahead 1-0, in the fourth minute when junior Katie Kelly played a ball to Zwolski behind URI's defense. Zwolski went one-on-one with the Fede and passed the ball of to Benage who finished it. The goal was Benage's first of the season.
The Golden Eagles continued to penetrate on offense and capitalized in the 30th minute to make it 2-0. Bares scored her second unassisted strike of the weekend after sophomore Michelle Compty's shot on goal hit the post. Bares collected the rebound, turned and fired it past Fede. MU took 17 shots in the first half.
Marquette didn't let down and scored its final two goals in the second half. The Golden Eagles third goal of the game came almost immediately after the second half whistle blew. Senior Michelle Martin came out of the midfield and played a through ball to Zwolski who tucked it in far post.
Arenberg scored her first career goal as a Golden Eagle when senior Aubrey Trembly played a ball behind a URI defender where Arenberg beat her defender to the ball and scored. The final goal that sealed the win came in the in 90th minute.
The Golden Eagles will open BIG EAST play on Friday, Sept. 21, against USF at Valley Fields. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
"As we move past our non-conference schedule, we are 7-0 and getting better," added Roeders. "Now the BIG EAST play rolls around, it will be competitive and a new start to the season. We have come a long way in only a few weeks and if we see continued improvement it will be fun to watch our team the rest of the year."
Post game notes
* The Golden Eagles improve to 7-0 overall.
* Twenty-eight healthy players saw action.
* Marquette 23 shots mark the seventh straight game the Golden Eagles have tallied 10 or more shots. MU has out shot its opponents, 128-44.