Aug 24, 2013
PORTLAND, Ore.--The No. 14 Marquette women’s soccer team was faced with a tough test to open the 2013 season as the squad traveled to No. 15 Portland on Friday evening. The Golden Eagles fell to the Pilots, 1-0 at Merlo Field.
The Pilots used the backing of a rowdy crowd and struck quick, deflecting a rebound back into the net to take a 1-0 lead in the 21st minute.
Marquette took 11 shots in the game, including two on goal, but could not capitalize on its chances. Seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan each had a look at the net, but were stopped by Portland’s goalkeeper. Kelly’s shot on goal came from the far wing less than two minutes after the Pilots scored, while Madigan took a shot at the top of the box that was saved in the 54th minute. Kelly had a team-high three shots, while Madigan recorded two.
“It was a great battle with the feel of an NCAA tournament game tonight and unfortunately we came up short,” head coach Markus Roeders said. “We are disappointed because we don't like losing but this team is very talented and will win many games this year. Portland is a very good team and we knew coming here would be a good test and this game has made us better. We were a little careless clearing the ball and those are the moments that decide games. We have a quick turnaround for Sunday and we know our squad will come out strong. I am proud of tonight, disappointed in the loss and very excited about what is ahead for us this year.”
Sophomore Amanda Engel played all 90 minutes in front of the net. She allowed one goal and recorded two saves in the game.
The squads played back and forth and were evenly matched on the stat line as Portland matched MU’s 11 shots with 11 of their own and each squad took three corner kicks.
Freshman Morgan Proffitt earned her first collegiate start, while classmates Ashley Handwork and Liz Bartels opened their college careers on Friday. Handwork totaled two shots in the contest.
The Golden Eagles will remain in Portland and get back on the field Sunday, Aug. 25 at Portland State. Kick-off is slated for noon CT.