Golden Eagles Complete the Spring Season Undefeated
May 3, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team capped its spring exhibition season Saturday at Valley Fields with a 5-0 win over Northwestern and a 0-0 draw with DePaul. The Golden Eagles finish the spring 5-0-2 overall.
Both games on Saturday were 70 minutes in length. The Golden Eagles used all three of their goalkeepers in the two shutouts. Natalie Kulla played the first half against Northwestern and the second half against DePaul, while Sofie Schunk preserved the shutout of the Wildcats in the second half and and Julia Loyd had a strong first-half showing against the Blue Demons.
"It was a good finish to the spring season," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We played some excellent soccer versus Northwestern and sustained that throughout. Our possession was very, very good at times, and I am glad we scored a few more goals in a variety of different ways. Our forwards scored, which is always important for their confidence and leading in to the fall."
Marquette's next four goals were each scored in the second 35 minute half. Lisa Philbin and Rachael Sloan scored their first goals of the spring at the 41:00 and 56:22 marks, respectively, to help Marquette go ahead 3-0.
The Golden Eagles' fourth and fifth goals of the game came within in a minute of each other. Kelly made it 4-0 at the 65:34 mark and Rachel Brown capped Marquette's scoring barrage with her goal at the 66:34 mark.
Marquette created numerous scoring opportunities against DePaul, out-shooting the Blue Demons, 11-2, but were unable to find the back of the net.
"Against DePaul, I thought we started slowly and lacked some energy. The windy conditions didn't help but that is no excuse. The second 35 minutes were better and it was unfortunate we didn't score since there were enough chances to do so. Their goalkeeper came up with several nice saves," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles finished the spring season outscoring their opposition, 17-6, and earned three shutouts. Overall, Marquette had 10 different Golden Eagles score at least one goal.
"Overall, it was a positive finish to the spring. We ended on a high note, undefeated and had a couple of shutouts. The ladies embraced everything we tried to do and build a solid foundation for the upcoming fall. Most importantly, this group had fun working hard and playing together. We are excited what the future may hold and this group is eager to get back together in early August," said Roeders.