No. 7/13 MU's Four Second-Half Goals Topple Syracuse
Oct. 16, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The No. 7/13 Marquette University women's soccer team scored four second-half goals to defeat Syracuse, 4-0, and earn its eighth straight win Sunday afternoon at SU Stadium.
With the win, the Golden Eagles clinch home field advantage for the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals and improve to 16-2-0 (9-1-0 BIG EAST), while Syracuse drops to 7-6-3 (5-4-0 BIG EAST).
"We are very proud of our ladies," said head coach Markus Roeders. "They stepped up and embraced the challenge of playing Syracuse and the environment. When you look at how few goals Syracuse has allowed this year and for us to score four on their field, it was an impressive performance by our squad. This was a tough road trip and our ladies did excellent; we couldn't be more proud of them. Now we can head home and play at least for a share of the American Division Championship on Saturday night at Valley Fields."
After a scoreless first half in which MU held a slight shots advantage, 4-3, the Golden Eagles came out of the intermission on fire and scored three of their four goals within the first 15 minutes of the second frame. Maegan Kelly scored MU's first two goals in the 48th and 54th minutes, respectively, while Ally Miller added the third in the 60th minute and Britney Scott scored the final goal of the game in the 77th minute.
"Offensively, we really stepped up after halftime and took advantage what the game gave us. The timing of the goals was key because it took the air out of their attack and we probably had our best spell between the first goal and 70th minute," said Roeders.
Kelly's first goal came after Ally Miller hit the crossbar on her initial shot. Kelly ran on to grab the rebound, controlled the ball and buried her shot past Syracuse goalkeeper Brittany Anghel for MU's first goal of the game at the 47:24 mark.
Kelly followed that strike up with her second goal of the game just under six minutes later (53:13). After Lisa Philbin's service got deflected, Madigan ran through the ball and Kelly drove it in the back of the net for a 2-0 lead. Miller gave the Golden Eagles a 3-0 cushion at the 59:29 mark when her head got on the end of Kelly's corner kick on the far post.
Britney Scott made it 4-0 at the 76:53 minute mark. Megan Jaskowiak set up the goal when the Golden Eagles were awarded a free kick following a foul by Syracuse about 30 yards out. Jaskowiak served in the free kick and Lindsey Page won the service in the air knocking it towards Scott. Scott took a dribble and sent her shot low to the far corner for her second goal of the season.
Marquette finished the game out-shooting the Orange, 9-8. Natalie Kulla earned her ninth shutout of the season, 41st of her career, while making three saves.
The Golden Eagles will finish off the regular season at Valley Fields Saturday, Oct. 22 when they host USF in search for its third BIG EAST American Division Championship on Senior Night at 7 p.m.