Marquette Wins BIG EAST Opener, 1-0
Sept. 21, 2007
MILWAUKEE - In front of a loud and boisterous crowd at Valley Fields, the No. 24/23/12 Marquette women's soccer team secured its eighth straight victory and defeated USF, 1-0, Friday evening. The Golden Eagles improve to 8-0-0 overall and 1-0-0 in BIG EAST play. USF drops to 1-4-1, 0-1-0 for the season. Freshman Ashley Bares scored the Golden Eagles' lone goal. It was her seventh of the season.
"They took us out of our game tonight," said head coach Markus Roeders. "The system they played was different and they adjusted to our system. At times they made it hard for us to play our game. Overall, it was a great win in a closely contested game. USF's record does not reflect who they are. We are thrilled to come away with a win tonight."
The Golden Eagles came out confident, but the Bulls quickly responded to Marquette's attack. MU had its chances in the first half as sophomore Michelle Compty's shot hit the crossbar in the 11th minute sophomores sophomore Brittany Bares header in the 37th minute went wide.
For the half, Marquette out-shot the Bulls, 7-1. Ashley Bares took three shots, while senior Michelle Martin fired off two of her own.
Both teams came out strong in the second half, but MU was able to capitalize first in the 54th minute. The goal turned out to be all the Golden Eagles needed to get the win and remain undefeated.
In the 53rd minute USF was awarded a corner kick and the Golden Eagles countered after the ball was cleared out of MU territory. Sophomore Katie Kelly fed the ball up to Ashley Bares who fired a rocket of a shot to the upper right corner from 17 yards out.
"It came down to an awesome strike by someone who has a knack for the goal. At the end of the day you don't get many chances especially in these games," Roeders added.
Zwolski almost struck again five minutes later when she had a breakaway in the 63rd minute. Her shot, however, went wide.
USF threatened in the 80th minute when it received back-to-back corner kicks. The first Bulls' kick Marquette knocked out, giving USF another opportunity. The Golden Eagles cleared USF's second kick immediately. USF had four shots, two on goal during the second half.
For the game, Marquette out-shot USF 12-5, while USF had six corner kick opportunities to MU's two. In goal, senior Laura Boyer played all 90 minutes and collected two saves. The shutout marks the senior keeper's fifth of the season, 19th of her career.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Sunday when they head to city rival Wis.-Milwaukee. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., at Engelmann Field. The game will be broadcast live on Time Warner Sports Ch. 32.