Oct. 10, 2010
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Senior Julia Victor scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute to give the No. 23/23 Marquette women's soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind victory at Providence Sunday afternoon. The Golden Eagles win their seventh straight game and improve to 10-3-2 overall (7-0-0 BIG EAST). With the loss, the Friars fall to 8-4-2 overall and 2-3-2 in league action.
Victor found the back of the net at the 102:20 mark after Maegan Kelly's shot was deflected off a Providence defender. Victor collected the rebound and sent her shot low to the far corner past the Friar keeper for the game-winner.
"We are very proud of this group of ladies. They showed their resilience and determination again today," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We beat a tough Providence team on their home field and they gave us everything plus. Jim and his staff have an excellent group and for us to beat them here in Providence; we are a happy group today. It is too early for us to measure how special this group is but our 6-0 BIG EAST road record speaks for itself. These ladies don't want quit. They have fire in them and an undenying belief that we can win as long as time is on the clock. At any point, somebody can step up and win the match for us; Julia did so today."
Marquette owned a 10-4 shots advantage in the first half but was unable to capitalize on any of its chances. Taylor Madigan had one of MU's best opportunities in the 25th minute with her shot from about 25 yards out through the Friar defense that skimmed the crossbar.
Maegan Kelly nearly gave MU a 1-0 lead in the 36th minute when a Marquette free kick was redirected back across the goalmouth. Kelly was able to get her head on it and almost crossed the goal line as PC goalkeeper bobbled her save.
Providence scored its lone goal of the game in the 39th minute of play. Kate Delciampo fed the ball up the middle to Laura Diclemente who took a few dribbles to the top corner of the 18-yard box and sent her shot to the upper far corner out of reach for Kulla.
Marquette made some lineup adjustments in the second half and those adjustments proved effective as the Golden Eagles controlled possession and evened the score in the 70th minute.
Madigan started the sequence with a short pass back to Lauren Thut who dribbled the ball in towards the end line. Thut served her cross low to the foot of Kelly and one timed the ball low past Walker for the score.
"Again today, we asked them to make some changes at halftime and they executed the plan. Their belief in each other and the coaches is a powerful recipe for winning," said Roeders.
Following the goal, Marquette registered one shot and was awarded two corner kicks through the remainder of regulation,
For the game, Marquette owned a 16-8 shots advantage, putting eight of those chances on target. Goalkeeper Natalie Kulla was credited with four saves, while Walker made six stops.
Marquette will return home to Valley Fields to play its final four games of the regular season starting Friday, Oct. 15 against Cincinnati.
"These last six weekends on the road have been taxing so it will be nice to return and play at Valley Fields on Friday night. The upcoming slate will be tough but today we are enjoying this win and how special it was to earn it," said Roeders.
- With the win, Marquette improves to 4-0-2 overall against the Friars.
- Marquette's 10 wins marks the 15th consecutive season Marquette has registered 10-or-more wins.
- Marquette has won its last 11 BIG?EAST conference games and has gone unbeaten in its last 14 dating back to the 2009 season. MU's last conference loss was to Rutgers, 3-1, on Oct. 2, 2009.
- The Golden Eagles own a 10-game road win streak in league play dating back to the 2009 season. MU's last road loss was at West Virginia on Sept. 24, 2009.
- Marquette finished the road portion of its BIG EAST Conference schedule undefeated for the first time ever.
- Marquette's 7-0-0 start in BIG EAST play matches its best start in conference play in program history.
- Marquette's six consecutive road wins are a program record.