No. 19 Golden Eagles Fly Past Providence, 2-0
Sept. 28, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The No. 19/25/12 Marquette women's soccer team improved its unbeaten streak to 10 games with a 2-0 shutout of Providence Friday evening at Valley Fields. Freshman Rosie Malone-Povolny and sophomore Anna Sawicki each scored goals for the Golden Eagles who improves to 9-0-1 overall and 2-0-0 in BIG EAST play. The Friars drop to 1-7-1 overall and 0-2-0 in league action.
It was a special night for the Marquette Soccer Program as it was breast cancer awareness night. The women wore commemorative pink jerseys in support and the match-worn jerseys were auctioned off following the game. All proceeds generated from the jersey auction benefit Kicks Against Cancer.
"We played a very good first half. We had a lot of good possession and opportunities to score," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We did a lot of things well that we worked on in practice this week. We didn't quite have the consistency in things that we need to bring every day, but at the end how much do we complain about winning a game that on a night was very special to our team?"
For the game the Golden Eagles out-shot the Friars 16-5, including a 6-4 shots on goal advantage. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer made four saves in over 85 minutes of action, while fellow senior Christy Smith played the remaining four minutes and did not touch the ball. For PC, keeper Laura Elfers made four saves.
Junior Katie Kelly found Malone-Povolny on the far post off a corner kick in the 22nd minute for MU's first tally of the game. Senior Shaina Mango set up the MU corner after her possession in Providence territory was knocked out by a PC defender. Kelly served the ball in right to Malone-Povolny who tapped it past Elfers. It was her first goal of her career at Marquette.
"This whole week we have been working on corners and just crashing the net," said Malone-Povlony of her goal. "It was an ugly goal, but I was just able to be in the right place at the right time. Although it wasn't pretty, it went in."
The Golden Eagles dominated for the rest of the half and went into the intermission have taken 10 shots to PC's one.
In the second, Providence made adjustments and made a couple scares early. The first came when PC was awarded a corner kick in the 46th minute, but Marquette was able to knock the ball out of the Friars' possession.
Another opportunity for PC came minutes later when Marquette was called for a foul just outside the penalty box. The Friars' free kick bounced around the box and Alyssa Leary put a foot on the ball on target that Boyer got her hands on, but the ball was stripped from her grasp. Lindsey Trubia followed it up with a shot that hit the crossbar.
"They made some adjustments at halftime that put us more on the defensive end and I think we lost a little bit of our rhythm," said Roeders. "We played too deep on our end of the field trying to play forward. The halftime killed a bit of our momentum. We started so well and kind of lost our flow. We have to give Providence some credit because they caused some of those things with the adjustments they made in the second half."
The Golden Eagles secured the win with an unassisted strike by Sawicki in the 76th minute. Sawicki collected the ball from a PC defender, turned and fired a shot low past Elfers.
Marquette heads to No. 21/-/13 Connecticut for a Sunday matinee match in Storrs, Conn., at Noon CT.
"We are going to play Connecticut, one of the best teams in the country on Sunday. They are explosive and have individual talent. When they put it all together, they can beat anyone in the country on any given day. At this point in time this is probably the best team we are going to face right now," added Roeders.
Post Game Notes
* Marquette is 99-28-7 all-time at Valley Fields.
* Marquette is one of two BIG EAST teams to remain undefeated. Villanova (7-0-3) is the other.
* Kelly's assist of Malone-Povolny's goal was the fifth assist of the season off a set piece.
* Kelly has eight assists for the season, which match a career high. For her career, Kelly ranks third all-time with 21 assists.
* Marquette stands 3-0 all-time against the Friars. All three wins were 2-0 results.
*With the win, Marquette improves to 11-1 in regular season BIG EAST play at Valley Fields.