Marquette women’s soccer drops BIG EAST opener to No. 12 Georgetown


Photo by Katerina Pourliakas

Alyssa Bombacino (15) looks to get the ball past a pair of Colorado State defenders Sept. 22 at Valley Fields.

For the second straight year, Marquette women’s soccer dropped its BIG EAST opener, losing 3-0 to No. 12 Georgetown Sunday afternoon.

The Hoyas came out firing as forward Paula Germino-Watnick attempted the first shot of the game in the second minute. Marquette senior goalkeeper Maddy Henry made the save to keep the game scoreless.

In the 16th minute from 30 yards out, Hoyas midfielder Julia Leas found the back of the net to put the reigning BIG EAST champions on the board. 

Three minutes into the second half, forward Boo Jackson connected on a cross into the box with forward Amanda Carolan, who scored and increased Georgetown’s lead to 2-0.

In the 82nd minute, Carolan got her foot on the ball despite scrambling in a crowded box to score her second goal of the day.

Freshman MU goalkeeper Mel McNamara took over as goalie for Henry after Carolan’s second goal of the day.

Golden Eagles head coach Markus Roeders used the same starters as the team’s win over Colorado State. Prior to Sunday, MU used a different starting lineup in each of its first games.

Marquette’s offensive struggles continued Sunday afternoon. Georgetown outshot Marquette 20-5. Opponents have outscored the Golden Eagles 163-98 this season.

Henry finished the day with 11 saves and gave up three goals. McNamara did not collect a save in her seven minutes of action. 

The Golden Eagles have yet to defeat Georgetown since their 4-0 win over the Hoyas in 2013 at Valley Fields. 

Marquette (3-7, 0-1) will return to Valley Fields Thursday in hopes of getting its first BIG EAST win of 2019 against Providence.