MU nabs 2 C-USA wins

Four years ago, senior midfielder Anne Ioder ended her senior year at Catholic Memorial High School in Waukesha on a high note. The Conference USA preseason all-conference pick scored the winning goal in her team’s Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association championship game against Divine Savior-Holy Angels and helped her school win the state title.

This weekend, Ioder had a hand in both of Marquette’s conference wins to help the team improve to 4-2 in conference. The unique part of it was an old teammate from that immaculate senior year was beside her.

Freshman midfielder Ashley George, who red-shirted last season due to an injury, was a sophomore during Ioder’s senior year and also helped Catholic Memorial win a share of the state title that year.

The two teamed up to give the Golden Eagles a 2-0 win over conference rival Cincinnati on Friday and a 1-0 win over Louisville while on the road Sunday.

Against the preseason league favorite Bearcats on Friday, George and Ioder teamed up once again, this time with Ioder collecting the assist and George scoring the goal. In the 10th minute, George scored her first goal of the season and of her Marquette career from 11 yards out off a cross pass from her former high school teammate.

Up early in the match, the Golden Eagle defense was able to hold off a Bearcat attack, as Bissen was able to save every Cincinnati shot on goal for a total of five saves. The Golden Eagles recorded 15 shots on goal, their highest of the season, with freshman forward Beth McGill leading the way with four.

Marquette scored its second goal in the 49th minute after sophomore defender Sarah Uyenishi controlled the ball and shot from 30 yards out.

Reminiscent of her senior year at Catholic Memorial, Ioder scored the winning goal on Sunday, the lone goal of the match, at the 82nd minute on an assist from George. George led the pass to Ioder who scored past Cardinal goalkeeper Meredith Miller from eight yards out.

Marquette had a 17-7 advantage in shots and a 6-4 edge for shots on goal. Senior goalie Katie Bissen had four saves while Miller had five.

Bissen’s shutout over the weekend allowed her to be recognized as the C-USA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this year. She is tied for first in the league with five shutouts on the season.

“We had a good weekend, two wins, two shutouts,” coach Markus Roeders said. “We were excellent against Cincinnati. We executed our game plan pretty well and it was a classic battle. ”

With a 4-2 conference record, 7-6-1 overall, Roeders said the Golden Eagles still have a way to go before they are where they want to be right now in the season.

“We’re 4-2, but we’re not satisfied,” he said. “We still have a goal of winning the Conference USA championship.”

The Golden Eagles will hope to win their third game in a row with their contest against another league favorite and rival Charlotte at 7 p.m Friday at Valley Fields.