Marquette Blanks Villanova, 1-0
Sept. 28, 2014
MILWAUKEE-- Liz Bartels' goal in the 19th minute proved to be the deciding factor in Marquette's 1-0 victory over the Villanova Wildcats (3-6-2, 1-1) Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles (6-5-1, 2-0) complete a perfect 4-0 homestand, and have now won four-consecutive games which is the longest winning streak of the season.
Bartels notched her third goal of the season early in the first half, the game-winning tally against the Wildcats. Freshman Eli Beard played the ball to Bartels on the left side of the pitch. Bartels then collected the pass, made a move past a Villanova defender, and sent the ball at an angle past Villanova's Emma Meyer. The helper from Beard was the freshman's first of the season.
"Possession is really important and we always like to get on the board first and continue attacking," Bartels said. "Our defense has been really solid, which has helped us on this homestretch."
The Golden Eagles despite only recording one goal, outperformed their counterpart offensively by a considerable margin in terms of shots, with 18 to Villanova's five. Two of the Wildcats five shot attempts occurred in the last 20 seconds of the match.
Marquette had two scoring opportunities in the second stanza, one of them occurred in the 78th minute when sophomore Morgan Proffitt's shot from straight on was deflected by the Villanova keeper. Again in the 82nd minute, the Blue and Gold had a look at the net when senior Mary Luba's header sailed over the goal. Luba was the beneficiary of an excellent cross from sophomore Meegan Johnston.
Junior keeper Amanda Engel collected two saves en route to her fourth shutout of the season. MU's 1-0 victory over BIG EAST foe Villanova marks the fifth time in six all-time matches that the Golden Eagles have defeated the Wildcats by a margin of 1-0.
At the half, the Golden Eagles maintained a strong advantage in the shot department, registering 13 shots compared to Villanova's one. Marquette recorded three cornerkicks, while the Wildcats failed to attempt a corner. Nineteen different Golden Eagles saw action in the first half.
The Golden Eagles return to action this Thursday, Oct. 2, when they head to St. John's for a 6 p.m. Central time tilt in Jamaica, New York. MU's contest against St. John's will mark the first conference road game for the Blue and Gold.
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