Sept. 23, 2013
MILWAUKEE--Senior Maegan Kelly became Marquette's all-time assists leader on Monday night when she handed out an assist to junior Mary Luba in the 50th minute of play as the MU women's soccer team (7-3) recorded a -0 shutout victory over crosstown foe Milwaukee (2-7-1) at Engelmann Stadium.
Luba's shot was from outside the 18-yard box and found the back of the net to extend the Golden Eagles' lead to 2-0. It was her fourth goal of the season.
"Our team couldn't be more happy for Maegan," said head coach Markus Roeders. "It was a fantastic match to become the lone record holder and we are very proud of her. She is playing very well right now and we will keep taking advantage of it for the rest of her senior year. Maegan is so passionate about the game and being part of Marquette, it is a joy to watch. Without making the record a focus, she has climbed the assists charts and now stands alone in Marquette history; congrats to her."
MU got on the board first in the 24th minute when senior Vanessa Legault-Cordisco caught a cross from classmate Taylor Madigan with a header into the back of the net for her first goal of the year.
The Golden Eagles took the 1-0 advantage into halftime and held a 9-2 shot advantage over the Panthers.
Marquette continued its offensive attack in the second half. After Luba's goal put MU in front, 2-0, Kelly was right back into the mix in the 62nd minute of play as she took the ball from Madigan and sank a shot from the left side into the far post for her fourth goal this season. The goal extended the Golden Eagles' lead to 3-0.
Despite the lead, MU continued to find chances and put pressure on Milwaukee. Junior Mady Vicker kept the tempo going as she put the Golden Eagles in front, 4-0, with a shot into the back of the net from the right side in the 80th minute of play. Freshman Liz Bartels handed out her first collegiate assist on the goal.
With just 30 seconds left in the game, Bartels took a running pass from sophomore Jacie Jermier
and went over the keeper with a shot the went just under the crossbar. It was the first collegiate goal for Bartels and solidified an impressive 5-0 victory for Marquette.
The Golden Eagles owned a 19-7 advantage on shots and held the Panthers to just one shot on goal for the evening. MU took the lone corner kick in the contest.
"I give huge compliments to our team," Roeders said. "We knew we had to bring great focus, energy and be patient in our attack all while being tight defensively tonight. The ladies responded beautifully and they deserve all the credit. Once we scored the second goal, it was a done deal. We played at will and the final score came from our execution. I couldn't be happier with how we finished this game. We had five different goal scorers tonight; Maegan is now the lone holder of the all-time career assists record, we had many different players in the game and earned shutout. It was a special night for a rival match. We are in a good spot and need to carry our play forward and keep building on it as BIG EAST play begins."
In net, sophomore Amanda Engel earned her seventh win this season in 70 minutes of action. Junior Sofie Schunk played 19 minutes and recorded one save.
The Golden Eagles will open BIG EAST Conference play this week at Creighton on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. MU will then travel to Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 29 for a noon CT kick-off.