Bartels' Game-Winner Lifts MU over Creighton, 2-1
Sept. 26, 2013
OMAHA, Neb.- Omaha native, freshman Liz Bartels, scored the game-winning goal as the Marquette women's soccer team (8-3, 1-0) opened the 2013 BIG EAST Conference season with a 2-1 victory at Creighton, Thursday evening at Morrison Stadium.
Bartels broke a 1-1 tie in the 57th minute on a 10-yard goal that found the back of the net from a centered pass by senior Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, which proved to be the game-winner as the 2-1 lead held for the rest of the game.
The Golden Eagles are now 8-1 in league lidlifters and own an impressive 38-3-3 record in BIG EAST play since the 2009 season."Congrats to our team on the win tonight," head coach Markus Roeders said. "We knew coming in here that we would face a tough opponent and Creighton brought a lot of fight and energy. We possessed well and had a couple of really good chances early but only sprung the 1-0 lead. Credit goes to our squad for the focus and energy in the second half after Creighton tied the score. Winning on the road is never easy and definitely not in Big East play. We are happy to get the win tonight and it is extra special that Liz scored the game-winner in her homecoming debut in Omaha. It was a superb service by Vanessa and a terrific finish by her. Playing four games in nine days isn't easy so Sunday will be an added challenge. I know they will embrace it and be ready to face Villanova."
MU got on the board first in the 14th minute as junior Mary Luba found senior Cara Jacobsonon a cross with a shot about 10 yards out, which gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 advantage. It was Jacobson's second goal of the season.
With just 1:29 left in the first half, Creighton (7-3, 0-1) made good use of a corner kick which bounced in unassisted from the top of the far post, to even the score at 1-1.
The Golden Eagles outshot the Bluejays 9-2 in the first half, including two shots on goal.
After taking the lead early in the second half, Marquette's defense played a stellar second half, allowing just two shots and none on goal. The Golden Eagles outshot Creighton 26-4, including 11 on goal and held a 9-1 edge on corner kicks.
In goal, sophomore Amanda Engelplayed all 90 minutes, while the Bluejays keeper, Danielle Rice had nine saves in the game.
Marquette will continue league play and conclude its road trip at Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 29. Kick-off is slated for noon CT.