Marquette Concludes Colorado College Invitational
Sept. 6, 2014
The Golden Eagles look to build off their most recent 2-1 victory over the New Mexico Lobos. Despite a 1-0 half time deficit, Marquette was able to claim its second victory of the season thanks to an offensive explosion in the second stanza. MU struck quickly in the second half when Jacie Jermier converted a free kick in the 51st minute. Soon after freshman Eli Beard was able to score the eventual game-winning goal in the 53rd minute when she executed an excellent shot from the left side, beating the New Mexico keeper.
Colorado College (2-1-1) bested Weber State, 5-2 on Friday evening, scoring five unanswered goals before Weber State found the back of the net.
The Tigers return six starters from last year's team that registered a 15-4-3 record and an NCAA Tournament appearance in their final season in Conference USA. Colorado College, led by senior midfielder Jessie Ayers and junior midfielder Kaeli Vandersluis, is primed to compete in its first season as a member of the Mountain West in 2014, joining New Mexico.
Colorado College is a recent affiliate member addition to the Mountain West Conference, which also is the home of New Mexico.
Series History: Marquette and Colorado College had their only other meeting in 2013 when the Golden Eagles trumped the Tigers 3-1 in Milwaukee.
Spreading the Wealth: Five different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Darian Powell and Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with two and Ashley Handwork, Eli Beard and Alex Heffron all notching one goal apiece.
Powell Packs Quite the Punch: Sophomore forward Darian Powell netted two goals in less than 40 seconds in the final minute of regulation against the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers this past Friday, August 22nd. In her first full season of collegiate action, Powell is off to fast start for MU. The La Porte City, Iowa native, has appeared in three matches so far, and in addition to her success against Loyola-Chicago, was able to collect two shots on goal against Nebraska.
Young Golden Eagles: MU is boasting a relatively young squad this season. Three of the Golden Eagles five goal scorers this year are underclassmen and eight have seen their first action wearing in a Marquette uniform.
Roeders Rules: In his 18+ seasons as the Golden Eagles' head coach, Markus Roeders has amassed a 274-98-37 record and has never suffered a losing season. His teams have earned six consecutive NCAA Championship berths, claimed five-straight BIG EAST regular season titles and won each of the last two BIG EAST Championships. Roeders was chosen by CSM as its 2014 preseason BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
Preseason Praise: The senior duo of Mary Luba and Mady Vicker both were recognized by the Conference as All-BIG EAST Preseason selections. Luba, a unanimous choice, was the Golden Eagles' second-leading scorer last season. In addition to their to her BIG EAST recognition, Luba was also selected to College Sports Madness's All-BIG EAST First Team. Vicker and junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel both were picked for CSM's second team.
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