No. 24 Marquette Shuts Out Villanova, 1-0; Wins 100th Match at Valley Fields
MILWAUKEE - On a special night where the No. 24 Marquette women's soccer team honored its teammates from the past, the Golden Eagles shut out previously unbeaten Villanova, 1-0, at Valley Fields Friday. Sophomore Anna Sawicki scored MU's game winner in the 66th minute. With the win the Golden Eagles improve to 10-1-1 and 3-1-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Wildcats fall to 7-1-4, 1-1-2 for the season.
It was also a special night for the program as the win marks the Golden Eagles' 100th win at Valley Fields. In 15 seasons, MU stands 100-28-7 on its home pitch.
"I am extremely proud of our team," said head coach Markus Roeders. "For our team to really be exposed as we were last weekend at Connecticut, and then turn it around and put forth the effort and beat a team that is as good as Villanova it is another step in the right direction for us. What we put forth and the way we adjusted speaks to what this program and what tonight is all about. For us to have the alumni here to witness this is special."
The match was closely contested from the opening whistle, however Marquette held the shots advantage, 15-7, including 12-2 in the first half. For the game, Laura Boyer made one save in all 90 minutes of action. Villanova's Jillian Loyden registered four saves.
After a scoreless first half, the opening 20 minutes of the second half was played much like the first 45 with each team trying to generate attacking opportunities.
"I thought we established a nice flow in the first half. In the second half we still possessed, but I thought we stretched ourselves a little bit. That is what you have to expect from these types of games. You just aren't going to run a good team out of the park," said Roeders.
Sawicki finally broke the deadlock at the 65:18 mark when Zwolski laid a ball through and low to the ground to Sawicki who then fired it to the upper left corner out of reach for Loyden. The goal proved to be all Marquette needed to come away victorious.
Senior Michelle Martin had an opportunity to make it 2-0 in the 71st minute when sophomore Michelle Compty sent a cross in front of the goal that Sawicki used her head to flick it to Martin. Martin put the ball on target right to Loyden's hands.
Villanova threatened in the closing minutes when Erin Byrnes sent a cross across the face of the goal, but Boyer was there to snatch it out of play. Five of Villanova's seven shots came in the second half.
"The thing with Villanova is that they don't give you many chances. They are so good defensively and at the same time so dangerous on the attacking end," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles play game two of their four-game homestand Sunday against Georgetown at 1 p.m.
Notes *Marquette's 10 regular season wins thus far for 2007 match last season's regular season total. For the 12th consecutive season MU has registered 10 or more wins.
* Marquette improves to 100-28-7 in 15 seasons at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles also improve to 12-1 in regular season BIG EAST play and push their unbeaten streak on their home pitch to 12 games.
* Marquette handed Villanova its first loss of the 2007 season. Prior to the game, the Wildcats were one of three teams that were unbeaten at 7-0-4 overall.
*The 1-0 win marks the second consecutive season MU defeated Villanova with that result.
*The shutout is MU's 10th of the season and goalkeeper Laura Boyer's seventh of the season, 21st of her career.
* Anna Sawicki's goal was her fourth of the season, sixth of her career.
* Christy Zwolski notched her second assist of the season, 10 of her career and has 52 total points (21g, 10a) for her career to move to ninth on the all-time points list.
* Senior Allison Mallams saw her first game back since recovering from injury
* Sophomore Brittany Bares earned her first career start.
* Sophomore Katie Miller started at left defender for the second straight game.