10.3.11 Weekend Recap: Excellence Edition

I don't think I could do a better job of summing up the weekend in Marquette athletics than interim Athletic Director Mike Broeker, so let's turn it over to him:

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Men's soccer is the only squad in the conference with 2 wins so far. Women's volleyball is one of three teams without a loss in conference play. While women's soccer is responsible for the lone loss amongst the three teams, they are still in first place in their division with West Virginia losing to Villanova yesterday. West Virginia and Marquette are the only two women's soccer teams with 5 conference wins so far. There's lots of work left for all three teams as the seasons continue, but it's nice to be playing from an advantage. Let's start the recaps off with men's soccer.

With head coach Louis Bennett sitting out due to his red card from the Wisconsin match, assistant coach Steve Anderson took the reins for Marquette's 2-0 home opener win over Rutgers. David Check posted his first clean sheet of the season while Bryan Ciesiulka took on the scoring responsibilities for the Golden Eagles. Ciesiulka netted the game winner when he played an Anthony Selvaggi cross into the net in the 14th minute. The insurance goal came in the 32nd minute when a Ciesiulka cross to the net struck a Rutgers defender and went past keeper Kevin McMullen for an own goal. Rutgers had the shots advantage in the game, 14-13, but Marquette only attempted 4 shots after they had taken a 2-0 lead. The defensive orientation paid off for Marquette as Check was called on to make just two saves in the 2nd half to lockup the shutout and push MU's undefeated streak to 5 matches.

After the jump: Women's soccer and volleyball!

The highlight of the weekend for women's soccer was keeper Natalie Kulla picking up her 37th and 38th career shutouts with a 1-0 win over Louisville and a 4-0 win against Cincinnati. Taylor Madigan scored her second consecutive game winner in the 5th minute of the Louisville match off of a Maegan Kelly pass. Marquette used offense to control the game, taking 6 shots against 1 for the Cardinals in the second half to keep Kulla's outing simple. When defense was needed, it was Kulla's teammates who came up big, coming through with the save on that lone 2nd half Cardinals shot, which was the only save needed from Marquette in the game.

Marquette demonstrated their depth against the Bearcats with all four goals being scored by four different players, all of whom had come off the bench for coach Markus Roeders. Coach Roeders has to be pleased with the future of his squad based on this outing as well, as three of the four scorers were sophomores. While Marquette's typical fast strike offense wasn't on display here, they made up for it by scoring 2 goals in rapid succession twice in the match. Sophomores Cara Jacobson and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco teamed up for two goals in the 34th and 41st minutes to give Marquette the advantage going to halftime, while Emily Jacobson and Lindsey Page matched that 7 minute span in the second half to salt away the match for the Golden Eagles. Cincinnati took 13 shots in the match, but Kulla only had to deal with one of them in the first half to preserve the clean sheet, her eighth of the season.

Volleyball started out the weekend with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-13) win over Connecticut. Marquette started out hot, with 9 kills in their first 10 points but eventually let UConn take control of the first set and squeak out a win. From there out, though, it was all Marquette, including a 15-2 run in the 4th set to seal the win. Ashley Beyer and Ciara Jones had 19 kills each in the process, leading to Marquette outhitting UConn, .325 to .163. UConn was led by Jordan Kirk's 12 kills, but she led UConn with 7 attack errors as well.

St. John's was Marquette second volleyball victim of the weekend, falling in straight sets, 25-17, 25-19, and 25-23. Danielle Carlson took the lead for the Golden Eagles, hitting a ferocious .521 on her way to a team high 13 kills. Beyer's 12 kills moved her to 10th place on Marquette's all time kills list and 994 for her career. Beyer's last two kills of the match might have been the two most important of the day, as the Red Storm had rallied back to tie the third set at 23 before Beyer closed the match out.

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