Sept. 27, 2015
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team defeated the Creighton Blue Jays, 5-1, in its 2015 BIG EAST Conference opener on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields.
"Ultimately we have been so close in our games, and we have been knocking on the door," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "We just needed a breakout game in some point in time. Again, I think we started a little slow, and part of it is you have to credit Creighton for what they did in the first half, and I think we played much quicker and sharper in the second half. I thought we really dictated the tempo and the play. We were clinical in our finishes and it is what it takes and we definitely have it in us."
The win for Marquette (4-4-3, 1-0 BIG EAST) is the fourth consecutive against Creighton (8-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) with three of those coming as fellow conference foes in as many years.
"It was an important game on how we approach the next part of the season," Roeders said. "This is the BIG EAST play now and there are no games that are going to be `gimmes' - no one is going to give you anything. You are going to have to fight for everything. We did well with that today and ultimately we were able to score a couple extra goals. I'm really proud of them, 1-0 in the BIG EAST and three points. It's a good start."
Redshirt senior captain Jacie Jermier posted a career day with five points on the strength of a goal and three assists, marking the most points for an MU player since Mary Luba posted six points against Creighton in last season's BIG EAST lid-lifter.
Junior Morgan Proffitt's two goal afternoon was also a career-high for the defender, who pressed up to the offensive half on set pieces to provide MU the offensive spark it needed.
The Golden Eagles dominated the stat sheet, tallying 10 corner kicks to Creighton's zero. MU also doubled-up CU in shots, recording 18, of which 12 came in the second half.
Creighton's Ylenia Sachau tallied the first goal of the match in the ninth minute, coming off a free kick from 25 yards out that was initially deflected by MU goalkeeper Sloane Carlson, but eventually found the net.
However, the Golden Eagles would answer on a free kick of their own in the 38th minute, when Jermier sent a cross into the box, which was deflected in by forward Darian Powell. From that point on in the first half, Marquette remained on the attack but was unable to convert as the two sides went into the break knotted 1-1.
Marquette continued its attack early in the second half with two corner kicks, which they were unable to convert. On their third corner kick of the half, however, Proffitt headed in a perfect feed from a Jermier corner to give the Golden Eagles a 2-1 advantage.
Marquette's offense increased its attack from then on, starting with a penalty kick from Jermier in the 78th minute. A Creighton defender took down freshman Jamie Kutey in the box, leading to the PK which found the back of the net. Two minutes later, Jermier provided her third assist of the afternoon on a corner kick, which found Proffitt who was able to head it in for her second goal of the match.
The Golden Eagles concluded their scoring frenzy with an Ashley Handwork header, off a perfectly placed cross from Kutey. The goal was the only one of the afternoon for MU in which Jermier did not provide a helping hand.
The four-goal difference was the largest for MU since last season when MU took down Providence 4-0, and the five goals were the most since the Golden Eagles beat Creighton last season, 7-2.
Before the match, Marquette hosted a clinic at Valley Fields for TOPSoccer, a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers.
Following Sunday's contest, the Golden Eagles will head to the East Coast for a Thursday, Oct. 1 meeting at Seton Hall and a Sunday, Oct. 4 match at St. John's. Both games will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network.