MU Goes 1-1 In First Spring Weekend

Maegan Kelly scored three goals in MU's first two outdoor spring games

March 26, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team went 1-1 in its first weekend of outdoor play for the spring season. The Golden Eagles topped Loyola (Ill.) 5-2 and fell to Illinois State 4-2 with a 20-minute break in between the two games. Both games were played Saturday afternoon at the Loyola Soccer Complex.

Scoring goals for the Golden Eagles were Mary Luba, Maegan Kelly, Rachel Brown and Shalese Miller. Sofie Schunkplayed all 170 minutes in net and totaled six saves in the two contests.

"Overall, it was a good day for our team to learn individually and as a team," said head coach Markus Roeders. "I think we should expect to improve every week. We are challenging ourselves by playing back to back games on very little rest against teams that were rested. It was tough. Out of the 19 players that saw action in both matches, 11 played over 100 minutes plus and four played less than 45 minutes apiece total due to nagging injuries. We rotated several ladies around playing multiple positions and that knowledge can only help us in the future as we try to maximize our potential. We had fun out there and it will be interesting to see how we cope next weekend and in April as we challenge ourselves by playing multiple games while other teams play us rested. The spring is all about learning, getting better, polishing our skills and seeing what may or may not work for us in the future. As coaches, we are proud of the efforts of our squad, the hard thing is losing, but we love that competitive spirit in our program because they want to get better."

The Golden Eagles began the day with the 5-2 win over the Ramblers and led 4-0 before Loyola scored its first goal. Luba got things started for MU with her goal in the 21st minute when she finished a cross from the left side.

Brown's goal, a shot from 22 yards out in the 35th minute was sandwiched between two goals by Kelly first in the 31st minute and then again six minutes into the second half (51st minute).

After the Ramblers scored their first goal in the 70th minute, Miller scored MU's fifth and final goal in the 81st minute when she finished a cross from classmate Jacie Jermierfrom the left side to the far post.

Loyola scored its final goal on a penalty kick in the 87th minute.

"It took us a good 10 or 15 minutes to get into the game but once we broke through with the first goal, our possession and attacking became much better. We were a little fortunate to score three in the first half but I am glad we were opportunistic in our finishing. As expected, we worked very hard in all aspects of our game but just like in pre-season during the fall, we have a lot of elements that we have to improve in. In the second half, we showed more urgency and our overall play was more solid until the last ten minutes. We got a little careless with our defending and the penalty kick was the ultimate reward for their effort. It was good to see Jacie Jermier and Shalese Millerout there for the first time and a highlight was for them to connect on our fifth goal. Maegan was dangerous throughout, scoring two goals, and is picking up on her play from the fall," said Roeders."

Following a 20-minute break, Marquette was back at it for an 80-minute contest against Illinois State, who earned a berth in the NCAA Championship last fall. The Redbirds struck first in the eighth minute and Brown tied the score, 1-1, with her unassisted strike in the 35th minute. Brown blocked an ISU clearance, dribbled into the 18-yard box and finished her shot to the far post.

"The short break, only 20 minutes between each match, probably didn't help our cause and we slept through the first 10 minutes," said Roeders. "Subsequently, Illinois State scored their first goal, which forced us to play from behind but also woke us up. After the goal, we probably had our best spell between both matches and we played some entertaining soccer. Our possession was great, everybody was involved on both ends of the field, and we probably could have scored a goal or two prior to Rachel tying the match."

Illinois State went ahead 3-1 following an own goal by MU in the 46th minute and a strike three minutes later. Kelly cut the Golden Eagles' deficit to one goal, 3-2, with her header in the 64th minute. Illinois State scored its final goal in the 76th minute.

For the game, Marquette registered 14 shots.

"In the second half, we made a few too many mistakes. The own goal was about as rare as I have seen by one of our teams, we kicked a clearance into our own teammate, and their third goal came right after. But, I give our ladies credit for pushing hard and making a game of it. At the end, we probably lost our legs some as we pushed to tie the match and they got an insurance goal to close it out. The second half was marred by a few too many mistakes that cost us," said Roeders.

The Golden Eagles will continue its spring slate on Saturday, March 31 against Illinois in Champaign, Ill., at noon and at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., at 6 p.m.




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