Oct. 3, 2013
MILWAUKEE--Though lightning delayed play for 51 minutes, the Marquette women's soccer team (10-3-0, 3-0-0) held on for its fifth consecutive victory and defeated St. John's, 3-1, on Thursday evening at Valley Fields.
Freshman Liz Bartels was credited with the game-winning goal as the Golden Eagles extended their home unbeaten streak to 17 games, while head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez recorded their 18th consecutive season with double digit victories.
The Golden Eagles held the Red Storm (7-2-2, 1-1-1) without a shot in the first half, while recording seven of their own, including two on goal. Senior Vanessa Legault-Cordisco and junior Mary Luba each had a look at a goal before their shots were saved by St. John's.
Tied 0-0 at halftime, the Red Storm came out of the break and took possession as the scoreless drought ended in the 49th minute when Rachel Daly used cross from a corner kick and found the back of the net to put the Red Storm in front, 1-0.
The Golden Eagles did not trail for long as Marquette equalized the score, 1-1, in the 56th minute as senior Maegan Kelly caught a pass from classmate Cara Jacobson, who brought the ball up from behind. It was Kelly's fifth goal of the season.
Bartels recorded her third goal of the season, which broke the tie for Marquette in the 71st minute as she took the ball off of a corner kick by Kelly and went around her defender to find the back of the far post, giving MU a 2-1 advantage.
Play was delayed when lightning struck with 9:26 remaining in the second half and lasted for 45 minutes. After a brief warm-up play was resumed. With just one minute remaining, junior Mary Luba added to MU's lead as she found an opening from about 30 yards out, which found the back of the net for a 3-1 lead.
MU's three goals were the most allowed by St. John's this season. Heading into tonight's game the Red Storm had given up just two goals in 10 games played.
In net, sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel played all 90 minutes and gave up one goal. The Golden Eagles outshot St. John's 20-3, including a 10-1 shots on goal margin.
The Golden Eagles will travel to Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 6. Kick-off is slated for noon CT.