Marquette Defeats Villanova, 1-0, on the Road
Sept. 29, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa.-- A first half goal from junior Mady Vicker would prove to be the game-winner as the Marquette women's soccer team concluded a long road trip with a 1-0 victory at Villanova on Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 9-3 -0 and 2-0 in BIG EAST play.
Vicker's goal came in the 13th minute as she split Villanova defenders on the right side and found the back of the net on a high shot to the far post, which put MU in front, 1-0. It was her fifth goal this season.
"Congrats to our ladies for the win today," head coach Markus Roeders said. "We are proud of how they managed the match, how hard we played and that we won the battle. We played a very good first half before the second half turned more back and forth the last 45 minutes. Our defense was excellent all day and we were close to tagging on another goal and Amanda came up huge on the penalty kick save. It's been a challenge to play four games in nine days, three of those on the road and credit goes to the team on earning four wins and starting 2-0 in Big East play."
The Golden Eagles held possession for much of the first half and owned a 7-2 advantage on shots, including five on goal.
Marquette's defense came out of the break strong as Villanova put offensive pressure on the Golden Eagles, but sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel kept the Wildcats from scoring.
With just under five minutes left in the game senior Emily Jacobson was called for a yellow card inside the box. Engel saved the penalty kick and kept Villanova from scoring on two additional attempts to keep MU in front, 1-0. Luba had a chance at the 3:34 mark, but `Nova's keeper recorded a save.
Engel recorded six saves in 90 minutes and earned her ninth victory of the season.
The Golden Eagles held a slight advantage on shots, 14-12, including a 10-6 shots on goal margin en route to their fourth shutout of the year.
Marquette will return home on Thursday, Oct. 3 to host St. John's in the annual Kick for a Cure game to raise support for breast cancer awareness. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.