Golden Eagles Earn Draws Against Saint Louis and Kansas
April 5, 2009
ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Marquette women's soccer team played Saint Louis and Kansas Saturday in spring action at SLU's Hermann Stadium. The Golden Eagles earned a 0-0 draw against the Billikens and tied Kansas, 1-1.
Overall, head coach Markus Roeders was pleased with the team's progression since training began. He noted the team played well and had some excellent possession. Marquette's defense was sound considering Roeders is working with different combinations for its backline to replace senior defenders Katie Kelly, Shannon Cusick and Kelli DeBarge.
"If we keep building on what we have done and our play today, it will be fun the rest of the spring and very positive as we head into the fall season," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles had plenty of looks at the net against Saint Louis out shooting the Billikens 14-1, including 9-0 in the second half, but were unable to convert any of its chances. Becky Ryan, Michelle Compty, Rosie Malone-Povolny, Rachael Sloan, and Ashley Bares each had opportunities, but couldn't finish.
"Our ball movement against Saint Louis was terrific until about 30 yards from their goal. We have to keep working on breaking down opponent's defenses. Our best opportunities came from the wing on services. We kept up the intensity and for our first time on grass we have to be please with our play," said Roeders.
In a much more physical match against Kansas, the Golden Eagles dominated possession holding an 18-6 shots advantage, 9-3 in each half. The Jayhawks earned the first tally of the game at the 6:05 mark, but the Golden Eagles quickly responded with the equalizer at 7:51. Danielle Martens cut a defender on the right wing, served a ball inside and Lauren Acree who beat her defender to the ball and finished her shot over the goalie. For the remainder of the game, Marquette had excellent opportunities from Anna Sawicki, Julia Victor, Martens, Bares and Compty, but none of them ended in the back of the net.
"The Kansas match was more physical and we didn't settle down and get into a rhythm until we scored. We know the mistake we made on their goal and should be able to correct those situations in practice. Considering how quickly we responded to their goal, we have to be please. As the game continued, played ourselves more and more into a rythmn and attacked in waves," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles will continue its spring season in College Station, Texas where they will play Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M.