No. 7/13 Marquette Tops St. John's 2-1

Cara Jacobson

Oct. 14, 2011

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QUEENS, N.Y. - Sophomores Taylor Madigan and Cara Jacobsoneach tallied as the No. 7/13 Marquette University women's soccer team topped St. John's, 2-1, Friday evening at Belson Stadium.

Madigan registered MU's first goal in the 26th minute, while Jacobson tallied what turned out to be the game winner in the 76th minute. Caitlyn McLaughlin scored St. John's lone goal in the 81st minute.

The win is the Golden Eagles seventh straight to improve to 15-2-0 overall (8-1-0 BIG EAST), while the Red Storm drops its third straight to stand 8-7-1 overall (4-5-0 BIG EAST).

"We are happy about the win," said head coach Markus Roeders. "St. John's played tough and battled hard. We scored our first goal during a spell when we possessed well. Overall, the first half was very good and we moved the ball well on their turf. It is always difficult to play here because of the field but also because their determination. In the second half, we lost our flow some but still had some solid chances. The game-winner by Cara came at a great time to secure the win and points. Give credit to St. John's as they pushed and got a goal back. Defensively we were very sound again and didn't give up many chances. On the attacking end we had some good spells and overall we are pleased with the win."

The Golden Eagles pressured from the opening whistle and fired off seven shots, including Kate Reigle's beauty of a header that just skimmed the crossbar and Kerry McBride's shot that was saved by St. John's goalkeeper Lauren Ferris, before Taylor Madigan found the back of the net in at the 25:36 mark.


 

 

Maegan Kellyserved in a corner kick in the 26th minute that Madigan won in the air, controlled the ball to her foot and buried her shot to the upper left corner from about 13 yards out.

Marquette continued to attack in the second half looking to cushion its lead. Kelly nearly gave Marquette its second goal of the evening when she got on the end of a service from Megan Jaskowiakin the 52nd minute, but her header went wide.

Kerry McBridealso had an opportunity in the 66th minute when St. John's was called for a foul just about 35 yards out. McBride stepped up to take the free kick and her shot sailed just inches above the crossbar.

Jacobson gave the Golden Eagles a 2-0 lead at the 75:17 mark. Mady Vickerserved in the ball from near the end line across the goal mouth and it was knocked away by Ferris. Jacobson collected the ball and fired her shot from close range to the far post.

Just over five minutes later, Marquette gave up its first goal in four games when McLaughlin scored at the 80:37 mark to make the score 2-1.

The Golden Eagles outshot the Red Storm 17-2 and put six of those attempts on target. Goalkeeper Natalie Kullamade stopped one shot in the win.

The Golden Eagles will close out BIG EAST Conference road play at Syracuse on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET/noon CT at SU Stadium.

Game Notes
• Marquette pushes its season-long win streak to seven games.
Maegan Kelly registered her team-best ninth assist of the season on Taylor Madigan's goal in the 26th minute to own 33 points (12g, 9a) for her career. Marquette is 21-0 all-time when Kelly tallies a point.
• Marquette remains undefeated all-time against St. John's with a 7-0 overall record.
• Marquette has out-scored the Red Storm 12-3 since the series commenced in 2005.
Natalie Kulla earned her 55th win of her career. Her shutout streak (minutes) was halted at 549:25.

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