Women’s soccer beat Friars, sweep weekend home stand

Engel earns second consecutive clean sheet

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Women’s soccer beat Friars, sweep weekend home stand

Photo by Ben Erickson/benjamin.a.erickson@marquette.edu

Photo by Ben Erickson/benjamin.a.erickson@marquette.edu

Photo by Ben Erickson/benjamin.a.erickson@marquette.edu

Photo by Ben Erickson/benjamin.a.erickson@marquette.edu

Dan Reiner, daniel.reiner@mu.edu

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On the heels of an important 1-0 overtime victory over Xavier Thursday night, Marquette women’s soccer carried on its winning ways with a another 1-0 win Sunday, this time defeating the Providence Friars.

After a first half that saw few scoring opportunities for either side, both teams came out firing in the second half.

“You kind of got that feeling early on that it was probably going to be a game that would come down to one chance here, one chance there and somebody’s going to finish,” said head coach Markus Roeders.

That chance for Marquette came in the 55th minute, when redshirt junior Darian Powell made a streak down the left flank and put a shot on goal, which was deflected out by Providence’s keeper Kristyn Shea. Junior Liz Bartels collected the rebound and rifled a shot into the upper 90 to give Marquette the 1-0 advantage.

“Darian had a great shot and luckily I was there to just pick up the pieces,” Bartels said.

The victory gave senior keeper Amanda Engel her third clean sheet of the season and her second in as many games. Roeders commended his defense, which did a superb job holding off the opposing attack all weekend with standout performances from junior Cali Pyzdrowski and junior Erin Holland. This is Marquette’s first winning streak of the season.

Marquette moved its record to 6-6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the BIG EAST, where they now sit fifth in the standings. The team has the entire week off to prepare for Georgetown next Sunday. The Hoyas are 3-1 in conference, so the matchup could be pivotal for the playoff picture. Only the top six teams make the conference playoffs.

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