Powell Scores Twice as MU Tops Villanova, 2-0
Oct. 22, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Darian Powell scored twice to lead the Marquette University women's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Villanova on Thursday evening at Valley Fields as MU celebrated Senior Night, honoring the careers of co-captains Amanda Engel, Jacie Jermier and Ann Marie Lynch.
"I think all along the seniors, more than anything, wanted a win tonight and get a shutout," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "That was kind of the main goal. I'm really happy for them and I know our team's excited to be able to do it here at home at Valley Fields. Amanda got the shutout, she played really solid all night long. We know what they do for us out on the field. They're part of the engine, the motor that makes everything go and all around we're really happy."
The Golden Eagles (7-6-4, 4-2-1 BIG EAST) clinched a BIG EAST Conference Tournament quarterfinal berth with the victory as they outshot the Wildcats (1-15-0, 0-7-0 BIG EAST) by a total of 12-1 for the contest.
Powell scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season in the fifth minute and added another in the 83rd minute to make her the second Golden Eagle (Morgan Proffitt against Creighton) with a multi-goal game in 2015. Engel also recorded her fourth clean sheet of the season and third in league action.
"Darian got on the scoreboard, although she's not technically a senior, in some ways she is and she's been with that group for a while so for her to score one early and then one late I think it shows what she's been working on," Roeders said. "She's a goal scorer and that's a great moment. It's a sweet moment, a little bittersweet in some ways because we realize that this might be the last home game for that group. We were 4-0 in the conference here and that's a real positive and I think we've set ourselves up nicely now for our conference matches on the road. We know how tall of a task that will be but tonight is just about our team and getting to the point of where we are right now."
Powell's first goal came after she hit the underside of the crossbar on a feed from Liz Bartels and the ball hit off the back of Villanova keeper Emma Meyer. Her second marker came off a cross from Caroline Fink as the sophomore found Powell in the box from the left flank along the goal line.
Marquette returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 25 at noon Central time against Butler at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis with conference tournament implications on the line. MU currently sits in fifth place with 13 points, just a pair of points behind the fourth-place Bulldogs.
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