Eli Beard's first goal of the year came in the 69th minute (photo: Russ Handwork).

Women's Soccer

Bugay and Beard push Marquette past Louisville 2-0

Box Score Aug. 27, 2017

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LOUISVILLE - Ryley Bugay and Eli Beard each scored their first goals of the season as the Marquette University women's soccer team notched its second shutout with a 2-0 triumph at Louisville on Sunday afternoon at Lynn Stadium.

Both goals came after the intermission as Bugay connected on a penalty kick in the 51st minute and Beard lofted a shot over the U of L keeper in the 69th minute for the game's final margin.

The Golden Eagles improve to 3-1 on the young season and have held their opponents scoreless over the last 201:55 of game play following today's result and Friday's 3-0 win over Drake. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry made four saves in net for her fifth career clean sheet.

Beard's strike came on a perfectly placed ball after Louisville keeper Gabrielle Kouzelos come out to play the ball above the top of the box. Beard was able strike from 40 yards out over Kouzelos as the ball one-hopped on its way into the net.

The penalty kick goal for Bugay was Marquette's first PK tally since Morgan Proffitt's 79th minute finish in the 2016 regular season finale against DePaul. That goal paved the way for Beard's overtime winner as MU won its sixth BIG EAST regular season crown.

Kylie Sprecher, making the first start of her career, saw nearly 60 minutes of action and had shots in both halves as each side notched seven shots for the game.

Erin Johnston, who checked in for Beard in the 38th minute, had MU's best look of the opening half on a ball she hit with pace from 25 yards that hit the crossbar after being hit by the outstretched arms of Kouzelos. Johnston was one of six subs for the Golden Eagles in the first half.

Marquette leads the all-time series 17-6-1, including wins in its last six matches against the Cardinals.

The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee this week as classes begin at MU on Monday. Central Michigan and Mercer will travel to Valley Fields for the Marquette Invitational, which begins Friday as Marquette takes on the Chippewas at 8:15 p.m. and Loyola-Chicago faces Mercer earlier in the day.

Keep up with the Marquette women's soccer program through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and 'liking' on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).

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