Marquette Tops Notre Dame, 3-2
April 20, 2011
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Marquette University women's soccer team earned an impressive 3-2 win over 2010 NCAA Champion Notre Dame Tuesday evening at Alumni Field. Brittney Scott scored a pair of goals and Emily Jacobson tallied the game winner for the Golden Eagles who improve to 4-0-1 for the spring exhibition season.
"Overall, this was an important match for us," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Not that we played the defending national champion on its turf and won in spring play, but more importantly the resilience and determination we showed to get a result." "As a team, we have come a long way in a short period of time, and it is exciting to see the hard work pay off. Results are somewhat secondary in the spring but winning is a by-product of doing things well. Notre Dame is an incredibly talented team and playing them is always fun."
Notre Dame came out strong and Marquette struggled early to slow down the Fighting Irish attack, which allowed Notre Dame to capitalize in the third minute. Ellen Bartindale played the ball down the right side of the field and behind Marquette's backline forcing Natalie Kulla to come off her line. Adriana Leon chipped the ball over her and in the back of the net.
Thirty-five minutes later, Scott tied the score, 1-1. Kate Reigle served in a corner kick where Rachel Brown headed it on goal. A Notre Dame defender attempted to clear the ball out of the box, but Scott got there in time to knock it in for the score.
Scott struck again and scored MU's go-ahead goal at the 51:30 mark. Reigle collected a Notre Dame clearance and served the ball into the middle of the 18-yard box to Scott who headed the ball in near post and put MU up, 2-1.
"We struggled early in the game but kept plugging away and ultimately turned the tide. Our team had the slightly better of the play in the second 45 minutes and to no surprise, we earned this win," said Roeders.
Notre Dame scored the equalizer in the 69th minute on a long shot by Leon that beat Kulla on the near post.
Marquette didn't get rattled and Cara Jacobson helped set up her twin sister Emily's goal when the Golden Eagles were awarded corner kick in the 77th minute. Notre Dame was unable to successfully clear the serve out and after the ball bounced around the front of the goalmouth, Emily Jacobson tapped the ball in the back of the net for the game-winning goal.
"We are excited about our potential moving forward, as long as we stick to our principles and keep raising the bar. Considering it was our third 90-minute game in 72 hours, we never let up and I didn't think we tired. Credit to our ladies for building up physical and mental strength throughout their training and conditioning. It is paying off and they are having a blast playing soccer at a high level," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles will finish off the spring season at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 30 when they host Northwestern at 10 a.m., and DePaul at 12:30 p.m.