Golden Eagles Complete Spring Season
April 30, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer teams wrapped up its 2012 spring exhibition season on April 28 in Madison, Wis., playing Wisconsin to a 0-0 draw, before falling to University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 4-3, in the second match of the day.
Marquette finishes the spring with an overall 3-3-2 record.
The Golden Eagles came out slow in the first half against the Badgers, but as the match progressed so did MU's possession game. Marquette outshot UW, 6-4, in the defense-dominated contest, and Taylor Madigan and Rachel Brown each recorded two shots. Goalkeeper Sofie Schunk earned her second clean sheet of the spring.
"The two teams didn't give each other much," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "It is difficult to create an environment that is highly game-competitive until you play in matches such as this one. In the end, we felt good about the final result because we left a lot on the field."
Following a short break, MU took on a rested Milwaukee team for the second time in seven days. Just like in the match against Wisconsin, Marquette came out of the gates slow, conceding four goals on five shots in the first 18 minutes of play. Mady Vicker scored MU's lone goal of the first half when she launched a shot from just inside the 18-yard box at the 24:25 mark. Marquette went into halftime trailing, 4-1.
"We just didn't show up. We made mistakes on set plays, probably the worst we have looked in any match, spring or fall, in recent memory, said Roeders. "But, give the ladies credit for being competitive, picking each other up and making the game a fight."
The second half was a completely different story for the Golden Eagles. MU locked up its defensive third, allowing no UWM shots in the second stanza, while also turning up the pressure on the offensive end, finishing the contest with 13 shots.
Mary Luba registered MU's second goal in the 49th minute when she buried a shot from 25-yards out to make the score 4-2. Just two minutes later, Marquette struck again after Luba found Madigan inside the box with a pass, and Madigan managed to beat the keeper to pull the Golden Eagles within one. However, Madigan's goal proved to be the last in the Golden Eagles' come-back effort.
"It would have been easy to lose by seven or eight goals, but that's not how we work. We got one back before halftime and that definitely set the tone for the last 30 minutes," Roeders said. "Nobody felt very good about losing in our last spring game, but it's all about learning this spring. We gave every healthy player playing experience and hope that gets them excited about the summer and fall."
The squad will part ways for the university's semester finals and summer break, but will return to MU's campus in late July to begin preparation for the 2012 campaign.
"The hard part starts now as the team scatters about for the next few months and everyone has to keep building on their health, fitness and soccer skills to be ready for the fall," Roeders said. "We have a talented team that can really play some great soccer. As coaches, we feel the sky is the limit, but it will take hard work to achieve our goals."
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