No. 7/13 MU's Four Second-Half Goals Topple Syracuse

Maegan Kelly

Oct. 16, 2011

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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.

Game Notes
• Marquette is 6-0-1 all-time against Syracuse. Including today's win, MU has won the last four contests with the Orange. The four goals scored are the most in series history, and matches the most the Golden Eagles have scored in BIG EAST play this season.
• Marquette pushes its season-long win streak to eight games.
Ally Miller scored her first goal of the season today. With Miller's goal, a program-high 18 different Golden Eagles have registered a goal this season.
• With two goals today, Maegan Kelly owns a team-best 14 for the season (second on MU's single season goals list) and owns 38 points overall (second on MU's single season points list). Marquette is 22-0 all-time when Kelly tallies a point, 17-0 when she scores a goal.
• Kelly's 21 career goals rank seventh on MU's all-time career goals list, while her 56 career points rank tied for ninth all-time.
Natalie Kulla earned her ninth shutout of the season and 41st of her career. Kulla stands second on the NCAA all-time career shutouts list. She is four shutouts shy of breaking the record (44). Kulla also earned her 56th career win.


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