Bartels Lifts Golden Eagles Past Friars 1-0
Oct. 11, 2015
MILWAUKEE – Junior Liz Bartels cleaned up a rebound off a Darian Powell shot in the 54th minute of Sunday’s match against Providence to lead the Marquette Women’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Valley Fields.
“I think the game probably went a little bit like as we expected,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “Providence is very well coached, very gritty team. Very high class, they really get after it. We knew it was going to be a difficult match and we probably had a little bit of fortune being at home. But, I think you got that feel really early on that it is going to be a game that’s coming down to one chance here, once chance there and somebody’s got to finish. We were on the exciting end of the win.”
Powell’s initial shot was saved by PC keeper Kristyn Shea but the ball found its way on the right side of the net to Bartels who tucked a shot inside the near post past Shea. Bartels’ effort was her second goal of the year and helped the Golden Eagles (6-6-3, 3-2-0 BIG EAST) to their second consecutive BIG EAST Conference victory and three points in the league standings.
“We really needed these wins going into Thursday’s game and today,” Bartels said. “We never had a winning weekend thus far this season. And so, coming in to this game was really important. Darian had a great shot and luckily I was there to pick up the pieces.”
Senior goalkeeper Amanda Engel recorded her third clean sheet of the season and second in a row with four saves in 90 minutes of action. Engel posted all four of her saves after the break, while Shea posted the same number as the Golden Eagles were able to tally a total of seven shots on frame in the contest.
“It was a big weekend for us,” Roeders said. “We haven’t had these back-to-back wins and shutouts. We would like to score a little bit more, but this is where we are at and I think everybody’s feeling good about what we did today and throughout the weekend.”
Though the game was scoreless at halftime, Marquette had several chances to score and held a slim 5-4 edge in shots. In the 28th minute of play, Powell lofted a shot over Shea that hit the top of the crossbar and a Morgan Proffitt header off a corner kick missed wide in the 35th minute.
MU outshot the Friars 15-11 on the sunny 75 degree day in the Menomonee Valley.
Sunday’s match concluded Marquette’s Pink Soccer Weekend in support of breast cancer research and awareness. The MU men’s and women’s teams combined to raise over $1,200 at their matches for the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Progam.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Georgetown in a match broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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