Marquette Tops Iowa, Falls at UWM
April 21, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team went 1-1 on Saturday defeating Iowa, 3-1, before falling at UW-Milwaukee, 2-1, at Engelmann Field.
"All around it was a solid day with some bright spots but it also definitely showed some areas we need to keep working on," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Although we played at home and took the lead against Iowa, the first half was only played in spurts by our team. We have to keep working on playing as a complete unit. Every player needs to play consistently, at a high level, and we need to execute fundamentally."
Marquette's first game of the day featured two 35-minute frames.
Iowa pressured immediately after the initial whistle, but Marquette netted the first goal in the 17th minute when Kelly converted a penalty kick. The Hawkeyes tied the game, 1-1, in the 24th minute and that score held through halftime as Kelly and Madigan were unlucky with their chances late in the first half.
The Golden Eagles came out strong in the second half and Madigan had an opportunity to put Marquette ahead in the 41st minute, but her shot was saved by Iowa's goalkeeper.
Jacobson gave MU the 2-1 lead with her goal set up by Kelly and Madigan in the 72nd minute. Madigan cushioned the Golden Eagles' lead with the third and final goal of the game with just over three minutes left to play. Vanessa Legault-Cordisco sent in a cross from the right side to the foot of Madigan who placed the ball low to the far corner.
"The second half was much more to our liking and the possession, the creation of chances, our defending and our desire to play at our level all came together. When we click, we are very difficult to play against but that is also hard to do against good team. The second and third goals were beautiful and well finished by Cara and Taylor," said Roeders.
Marquette owned an 11-5 shots advantage and goalkeeper Sofie Schunk made three saves in the win.
Following short rest and a quick drive across town to Engelmann Field, the Golden Eagles played an 70-minute contest against a rested UWM squad. Vicker scored Marquette's lone goal when Brown found her in the 27th minute. Milwaukee scored the equalizer in the 42nd minute and tallied the game-winning goal in the 67th minute.
"We knew that going across town on short rest versus a fresh Milwaukee squad would be tough, so we can't have any excuses. Although it took us a few minutes to get into a flow, the first half was well played although we didn't created as many chances as we should have. Mady's finish was nice on Rachel Brown's cross. In the second half, we actually had more shots but mostly from distance and we lacked the patience in our attack. A couple of counters, a few mistakes, some breakdowns and Milwaukee took full advantage of those to make it 1-2. By the time the game was 60 minutes old, we were on our 130 minutes combined from both game and that showed," said Roeders.
Marquette out-shot the Panthers, 16-6, and held UWM without an opportunity in the first half.
The Golden Eagles will play their final two games of the spring season on Saturday, April 28 in Madison, Wis., where they will take on Wisconsin and have a rematch with Milwaukee.
"We won't hang out heads. We know we can fix our mistakes and next weekend is going to be our last spring opportunity to get better. We will take full advantage to play as a team," said Roeders.
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