Oct. 2, 2011
MU-UC Box Score
Four different players scored for the No. 10/13 Marquette University women's soccer team (12-2-0, 5-1-0 BIG EAST) as the Golden Eagles pulled away for a 4-0 league victory at Cincinnati (5-5-4, 1-3-2 BIG EAST) Sunday afternoon.
"We played extremely composed and efficient today," head coach Markus Roeders said. "Our first half was outstanding when it came to possession, building our attack and then executing the goals. Defensively, we were sound all day and only allowed them to one shot on goal. Overall, we did a tremendous job with our defending all weekend.
"The pride and work ethic our squad has on covering the entire field defensively is huge," Roeders added. "Natalie (Kulla) and our backs deserved special mention because they are all very unselfish and recognize their play is super important to our team's success. To have four different goal scorers again today is terrific, no doubt that anybody on our team can put the ball in the net at any time. We got better this weekend and it is exciting to see what our next level of soccer might be."
The victory was the fourth straight for MU and moves the program's all-time record against the Bearcats to 13-8-3. Marquette is now unbeaten in its last nine matches against UC.
Sophomore Cara Jacobson opened the scoring at the 33:32 mark, finishing a cross from junior Rachel Brown from five yards out. Sophomore Vanessa Legault-Cordisco's tally seven minutes later was her first of the campaign and gave Marquette a 2-0 advantage at the intermission.
A seven-minute span late in the second half produced two more goals as sophomore Emily Jacobson found the back of the net from 12 yards out and senior Lindsey Page headed home a strike to cap the day's scoring at the 82:47 mark. Freshman Mary Luba assisted on both of the scores following halftime, her first two helpers of the 2011 campaign.
Senior netminder Natalie Kulla was forced to make just one save on the afternoon and collected her 52nd career victory and 38th shutout. Marquette finished with a 22-13 advantage in shots and forced UC goalkeeper Kristina Utley to make seven saves. The Golden Eagles now own eight shutouts on the year.
All of Marquette's goals on Sunday were netted by players who came off the bench for the Golden Eagles.
Marquette returns to action Friday, Oct. 7 against Providence at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields as the team continues BIG EAST Conference play.
- The win is Marquette's fourth straight.
- Marquette moves to 13-8-3 all-time against Cincinnati and is unbeaten in its last nine contests against the Bearcats
- Marquette is 23-10-5 all-time against BIG EAST National Division foes.
- Natalie Kulla earned her 52nd win and 38th shutout of her career.
- Emily Jacobson and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco both scored their first goals of the season.