Sep 1, 2013
NOTRE DAME, Ind.-- The No. 20 Marquette women's soccer team used dominating ball possession en route to a 4-1 victory over Oakland on Sunday afternoon to conclude the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Golden Eagles (2-2) owned a 21-7 advantage on shots in the contest.
"We are very excited about this win," head coach Markus Roeders said. Friday was a highly contested match versus UCLA and we spent a lot of mental and physical energy, so for us to manage the game the way we did today, put everything forward to create chances and score goals, hats off to the ladies for responding. Oakland wasn't easy to break down but our patience and smart play allowed us to score the goals we needed. We are getting better and our entire team is contributing, which is a strength for us in the long term. There is room for improvement, we know that, and allowing goals has never been something we take lightly, so it is an area we will get better at. We are on the right path and bright days are ahead."
MU trailed Oakland (1-3) early as the Golden Grizzlies finished a cross from the box five yards out and took a 1-0 lead just 1:57 into the game.
However, the Golden Eagles didn't trail for long as junior Mary Luba equalized the score, 1-1, when she stole clearance inside the box and found the back of Oakland's net without an assist at the 21:12 mark in the game. Just three minutes later, senior Maegan Kelly found junior Mady Vicker on the right side, and Vicker scored to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 advantage. It was Vicker's second goal this season.
Junior Alex Heffron subbed in 24 minutes into the game and made quick work of her opportunity when she scored off of a rebound four yards from the right side of the box at 32:23 and extended MU's lead, 3-1, which carried into halftime.
After the break, MU continued to hold possession of the ball and keep the Golden Grizzlies from seeing a scoring opportunity. Senior Ashley Stemmeler subbed in at 71:47 and less than a minute later scored the Golden Eagles' fourth goal of the day when Jacie Jermier
found her with a cross that she took into the left side of the net from five yards out, which extended Marquette's lead 4-1.
With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Oakland took two corner kicks and tried adding to the score with a shot at 88:30, but junior Sofie Schunk saved the ball and MU won with a final score of 4-1.
In net, sophomore Amanda Engel started and played for 62:25. She recorded one save. Schunk played 27:35 and gave up no goals with two saves. Engel was credited with the win and owns a 2-2 record this season.
The Golden Eagles went deep into their bench as 23 players saw action on Sunday afternoon. Vicker, Luba, Stemmeler and Heffron each scored one goal, while Kelly and Jermier dished out assists.
MU owned a slight edge on corner kicks, 7-5.
Marquette will head home to Valley Fields and host the first-ever Marquette Invitational next weekend. The Golden Eagles will open against St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6.