Women's Soccer Shuts Out St. John's on Senior Night
Oct. 12, 2007
MILWAUKEE - On a night dedicated to its seniors, it was fitting that senior Christy Zwolski's goal in the 52nd minute would be all the Marquette women's soccer team needed to shut out BIG EAST American Division foe St. John's, 1-0, at Valley Fields. With the win the Golden Eagles improve to 11-2-1 and 4-2-0 in BIG EAST play, while the Redstorm falls to 8-3-2, 3-3-0.
"It was a complete game overall for us. I think we really earned it," said head coach Markus Roeders. "In many ways this is a total 180 from last Sunday. We got back to our trademarks tonight and that is defensively being very sound and working very hard. It was a special night for our seniors and I think our team rallied around them. They wanted to earn the W. It is a huge win for us and it puts us in a good position to move forward."
For the game, Marquette out-shot St. John's 14-4, including an 8-1 shots on goal advantage.
While most of the play was controlled in the midfield early on, Marquette limited St. John's opportunities while the Golden Eagles found their offensive rhythm after the 30-minute mark. For the first half, the Redstorm only got off one shot, while the Golden Eagles fired off six shots, four of which were on goal.
The Golden Eagles found the back of the net in the 51st minute when junior Katie Kelly sent a wide cross that sophomore Michelle Compty - in traffic - got her head with the intention to go to the far post. Instead the ball ricocheted to Zwolski. Zwolski had time to trap the ball and bring it down to her foot before firing it past St. John's keeper Rebecca Capinera for her fifth goal of the season.
"It was a beautiful through ball from Compty. Luckily I was there on the end of it, but anyone could have put it away," said Zwolski. "This goal means more to the team because it gave us three more points in the BIG EAST standings. If it wasn't me who scored the goal, it would have been somebody else. We were destined to win this one."
"I thought the goal was great. Zwolski belongs in front of the goal. That is where she is best at. It was a neat finish to the night," added Roeders.
Following the goal, the Golden Eagles continued to fire away at St. John's goal taking seven more shots before the final whistle blew.
Marquette held St. John's to only three shots in the second half and smothered any other possession sequence the Redstorm tried to create.
St. John's best chance came in the 56th minute when it was awarded a free kick after a Marquette foul. Courtney Lane sent the ball in and Vaila Barsley used her six-foot frame to attack the ball in the air. Her header was unlucky as it skimmed the crossbar.
Boyer was credited with one save for the match, while Capinera made seven stops.
The Golden Eagles finish up the home portion of the regular season against Syracuse at Noon.