No. 10/13 Marquette Shuts Out Louisville, 1-0

Taylor Madigan scored her second game winner in as many games Friday against Louisville

Sept. 30, 2011

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sophomore Taylor Madigan's strike in the fifth minute proved to be the only goal the No. 10/13 Marquette University women's soccer team needed to defeat Louisville, 1-0, Friday evening at Cardinal Field. With the win, the Golden Eagles improve to 11-2-0, 4-1-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Cardinals drop to 4-5-3 (2-1-2 BIG EAST).

"We are very proud of our ladies' efforts tonight. It was work-man like and in a game with few chances, we scored the decider early," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Defensively, our group was solid all night and only allowed them to one shot on goal. Louisville was quite direct and their style made it difficult for us early in the match. We were trying to possess and play but weren't aggressive enough. As the game wore on, we got better and better and I thought we played very smart throughout. All of these games are extremely tough and we are learning more and more that every opponent will give us their best shot on any given night. We have to recover quickly as Cincinnati will be another tough fight on Sunday."

Madigan's strike came at the 4:28 mark in the first half after she received a service from Maegan Kelly from the right side. Madigan controlled the ball and fired her shot from 12 yards out to the upper corner out of reach for Louisville goalkeeper Chloe Kiefer.

"Taylor got a service from the right side and controlled it near the middle of the goal and put it upper 90. With the way the ball spun around and the support of the inside post, I think everybody had a delayed reaction as if it had even gone in," said Roeders.

The Golden Eagles threatened again in the 23rd minute, but Madigan's second shot of the game was saved by Kiefer. Following MU's goal, the two teams were even in shots column for the remainder of the first half, 3-3.

 

 

Marquette continued pressure in the second half and out-shot Louisville 6-1 in the stanza, 9-5 for the game. Cara Jacobson had a great shot that was saved by Kiefer in the 61st minute, while Lindsey Page's attempt at the 72:47 mark hit the crossbar. Less than one minute later, Megan Jaskowiak had a long-range free kick that was saved at the 73:32 mark.

"Neither team was able to get behind the other defense much so we are pleased with the one goal effort and winning one on the road," said Roeders.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Sunday at Cincinnati at 1 p.m. ET.

Game Notes
• The win is Marquette's third straight.
• Marquette moves to 14-6-1 all-time against Louisville. MU has won the last three contests against the Cardinals.
• Marquette is 22-10-5 all-time against BIG EAST National Division foes.
Taylor Madigan's goal was her fifth of the season and fourth game-winner of the season.
Natalie Kulla earned her 51st win and 37th shutout of her career.

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