Madden's two goals lead Marquette past DePaul, 2-0
Oct. 5, 2017
CHICAGO – Carrie Madden scored her first two goals since Aug. 25 as the Marquette University women’s soccer team downed DePaul, 2-0, on Thursday afternoon at Wish Field in Chicago.
Madden’s two tallies led the Golden Eagles (9-4-1, 2-2-0 BIG EAST) to their second victory in a row and freshman forward Kylie Sprecher recorded a career-best two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry made five saves for MU in her sixth clean sheet of the year.
DePaul (5-7-1, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) falls for the third time in the last five matches and was outshot 11-9 by MU.
Madden’s first goal came in the 61st minute on a ball played into the box from the left flank by Eli Beard. Sprecher headed the ball down before Madden was able to get her boot on it and put it over DePaul keeper Lauren Frasca. The goal was Madden’s first since MU’s 3-0 win over Drake on Aug. 25 at Valley Fields.
Madden struck again less than four minutes later off a Beard corner kick. Beard’s corner sailed past the right post and was touched by Frasca before it was headed back towards the net by Sprecher, who was credited with the assist of Madden’s header.
Beard was not only instrumental in setting up both of Madden’s markers, but also had the first two shots of the second half for MU.
The two sides played a scoreless first half and each squad put up four shots apiece, while Henry made three saves for Marquette. The Golden Eagles received defensive contributions from midfielder Ryley Bugay and Allison Jacobson with under 10 minutes left in the opening frame. Bugay denied DePaul leading scorer Alexa Ben up the near sideline and shortly thereafter Jacobson deflected a shot from Morgan Turner in the box that might have been the game’s first goal.
The Golden Eagles own a 15-5-1 edge in the all-time series with DePaul and topped their I-94 rivals in overtime of last season’s regular season finale to earn a share of the BIG EAST title and the No. 1 seed in the league tournament. Three of MU’s five losses in series history have come in Chicago, where it fell in its last trip to Wish Field on Oct. 30, 2015 by a 2-1 margin in overtime.
Following Thursday’s match, Marquette returns to Milwaukee for a 1 p.m. contest on Sunday, Oct. 8 against Providence during MU Homecoming and Reunion weekend. The Golden Eagles will honor their alumnae in attendance and the first 200 fans will receive a commemorative t-shirt celebrating 25 years of Marquette women’s soccer.
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