WSOC gets third shutout in 2-0 win at PC
Oct. 9, 2016
PROVIDENCE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team recorded its third shutout in a row and continued its dominance over Providence in a 2-0 victory over the Friars at Chapey Field in Providence on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles (8-5-2, 4-1-0 BIG EAST) received goals from senior Liz Bartels and junior Madison Dunker in their seventh-consecutive shutout of the Friars for their fourth win in their last four BIG EAST Conference matches.
Marquette entered the match 10-0-2 all-time against the Friars (9-4-2, 3-1-1 BIG EAST), whom it had outscored 30-2 in the previous 12 matchups, which included 10 shutouts. MU has not allowed a goal to the Friars since the 39th minute of a 2-1 Marquette double overtime victory in Providence on Oct. 10, 2010, a goal-less streak that now sits at 693:42.
MU freshman keeper Maddy Henry made three first half saves in the victory to secure her third clean sheet in as many contests. Kristyn Shea made a pair of saves for the Friars, while Kathryn Hiller had a match-high four shots.
The Golden Eagles were outshot 6-2 over the first 45 minutes of action, but Bartels’ goal in the 11th minute gave them a 1-0 lead for the seventh match in a row. Bartels, who received a great chip ahead from Carrie Madden, dribbled right at the left side of the box and sent a shot in low to beat PC keeper Shea. It is the second time in as many meetings that Bartels has beaten Shea as the senior scored the match winner in last year’s 1-0 win over the Friars.
Henry stepped up later in the first half to keep the Friars off the scoreboard with three-straight saves in the 40th, 41st and 42nd minutes.
After dominating play for much of the second half, the Golden Eagles broke through again in the 79th minute on a Dunker set piece. Dunker sent the ball in from about 25 yards out on the right flank and beat Shea to the far side of the net. BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year Morgan Proffitt attempted to get her boot on the service, but did not touch it as Shea watched the ball go by her.
It is the first four-match winning streak for MU since Sept. 19-28, 2014, which included BIG EAST victories over Creighton and Villanova and non-conference triumphs over Kansas and LSU. The Golden Eagles had not won four straight in conference action since going 9-0-0 against BIG EAST foes during the 2013 regular season when they went 18-4-0 overall.
The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to welcome Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 16 for their annual ‘Kick for a Cure’ match in support of the fight against breast cancer. The contest will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go.
Keep up with the Marquette women’s soccer program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and ‘liking’ on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).
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