Marquette Blanks Providence, 4-0
Oct. 25, 2014
PROVIDENCE, R.I.The Marquette University women's soccer team got back on track on Saturday evening and blanked the Providence Friars, 4-0, at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex.
The Marquette offense was the story of the match Saturday evening, tying a season high with four first half goals, led by two from senior Alex Heffron. Darian Powell and Ashley Handwork each netted one goal a piece. Powell has now scored in three straight contests.
"It was a great road win and goal that we accomplished tonight. We wanted to wrap up at least a top four finish and a guaranteed home match unless we can slide up even higher in the BIG EAST standings," head coach Markus Roeders said. "We knew Providence is a good team and they have a special goal scorer in Zimmerman. Our defense and goalies did a nice job keeping them off the scoreboard. Our first half was good and we executed our chances well. Very happy that Alex Heffron got a couple goals and that Ashley Handwork is back in the mix. We are getting into the stretch run here so putting some key games together is important and tonight was a nice start with this road win."
The Golden Eagles struck first in the 23rd minute when Heffron found the back of the net. Powell found Heffron as she corralled the rebound and pushed it past PC's Kristyn Shea to put MU on the board.
Marquette did not waste any time getting back on the scoreboard, tallying its second score just under a minute later when Heffron scored unassisted. The senior quickly dribbled down the pitch and ripped a shot from straight on to best the PC keeper for her second of the game.
Powell scored the Golden Eagles' third goal in the 32nd minute after she was the beneficiary of an excellent cross from Bartels. Bartels led Powell with an excellent dish and the sophomore forward capitalized for her second score of the match. Handwork registered MU's final goal of the first half and the match in the 44th minute. With time winding down in the first half, Marquette's Jacie Jermier played a cornerkick into the box and Handwork leapt up and headed it past PC's Shea to make it 4-0 Golden Eagles.
The Golden Eagles and Providence each were scoreless in the second half, as PC outshot MU eight to four in the final 45 minutes.
Marquette managed to score four goals against a Providence defense that previously had allowed the lowest amount of goals in the conference at just .94 per contest.
The Blue and Gold outshot the Friars 15-11 for the match, and also won the cornerkick battle, 2-0.
The Golden Eagles now move to 8-1-1 in contests in which they score first, and 6-1-1 when leading at halftime.
Marquette returns to action Friday, Oct. 31 when it travels to Butler for its final match of the 2014 regular season. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. Central time in Indianapolis.
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