Marquette Blanks Xavier on the Road, 3-0
Oct. 6, 2013
CINCINNATI, Ohio--Senior Katie Hishmeh and sophomore Shalese Miller each recorded their first goals of the season as the Marquette women's soccer team remained perfect in BIG EAST play with a 3-0 shutout at Xavier on Sunday afternoon.
Marquette extended its win streak to six games and improved to 11-3 overall and is 4-0 in league action with the victory.
"We knew that this wouldn't be an easy game," head coach Markus Roeders said." We dominated possession and probably could have been more efficient with our play on the wings, but getting the win and a shutout was priority one. Xavier was lurking for counters and set plays; defensively we denied those well. On offense, we did what we had to do and the score reflects our overall play. We are happy with a BIG EAST road win and getting the needed points."
The Golden Eagles struck in the 26th minute as Hishmeh's goal came unassisted as her shot deflected off of a Musketeer (7-5-1, 0-4-0) defender into the back of the net.
MU's 1-0 lead carried through halftime as the Golden Eagles outshot Xavier 10-1 in the frame.
Just three minutes into the second half, in the 48th minute, senior Taylor Madigan had a shot deflected off of Xavier's goalkeeper, but junior Mary Luba was right there to collect the ball and shoot it to the far post, which extended MU's lead to 2-0. It was a team-high sixth goal of the season for Luba.
The Golden Eagles added to their lead with just 12 seconds remaining in the game as junior Isabela Carrasco took the ball from the right side and played it to Miller who turned and sent the ball into the back of the net. The goal was the first collegiate goal for Miller and first collegiate assist for Carrasco and extended the lead to 3-0.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel recorded two saves and didn't allow a goal in 72 minutes played. Junior Sofie Schunk came in and played 17 minutes for the Golden Eagles.
MU owned a 20-2 advantage on shots, including a 15-2 shots on goal margin.
The Golden Eagles will have on week off before returning home to host Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 13. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. CT and fans will have their first opportunity to sit in the newly renovated Valley Fields Stadium.
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