Golden Eagles Trump LSU, 2-1
Sept. 21, 2014 Eli Beard's unassisted goal in the 64th minute proved to be the difference maker in the Marquette University women's soccer team's 2-1 victory over LSU Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields.
The Golden Eagles (4-5-1) utilized a two-goal scoring burst in the second half to help dispatch SEC foe LSU (4-5-1) to continue their two-match winning streak.
Junior Shalese Miller recorded the first goal of the afternoon in the 62nd minute when she corralled a rebound off the top of the cross bar and pushed it past LSU's keeper to give MU a 1-0 advantage. Miller, playing an excellent cross from teammate Ann Marie Lynch, gathered the pass and fired a shot which caromed off the top of crossbar back to her and she then reacted quickly with another attempt that beat Lily Alfeld.
"It felt good to score," Miller said. "It was a long time coming and we got into a groove into the second half, so I was happy to get our team on the board. I think the ball hit the post and the goalkeeper came after, so I just tried to put anything on it and followed up with my head, which scored."
Marquette struck again in the 64th minute when senior Mary Luba sent Beard a shot and Beard lofted a high-arching shot over LSU's Alfeld from about 25 yards out to notch the game-winning tally. Beard's score was her second of the season.
LSU answered back in the 73rd minute when Summer Clarke scored off of a helper from Natalia Gomez-Junco. Gomez-Junco, taking a free kick from about 25 yards out, quickly crossed the ball to Clarke who caught the Marquette defense off guard with her fifth goal of the season.
Marquette withstood one final LSU attack in the 88th minute. MU's Morgan Proffitt fouled LSU's Gomez-Junco a few yards outside of the box, and received a yellow card. Gomez-Junco launched her free kick attempt towards the top portion of the goal, but Amanda Engel was able to punch the ball into the air, thwarting LSU's final attempt at an equalizer.
The Golden Eagles outshot LSU 16-10 on the afternoon, while the Tigers held a 5-4 edge in corner kicks. In Marquette's four victories it has not trailed in the final shot count this season.
After the first 45 minutes of action, MU and LSU both were unable to find the back of the net. The Golden Eagles had six shots compared to LSU's three, but neither team had strong chances in the first half.
The Golden Eagles return to action when they host Creighton, Thursday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Central time for their 2014 BIG EAST opener at Valley Fields.
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