Women's Soccer: Marquette 2, Creighton 1

Liz Bartels has scored goals in two straight matches for Marquette. - Steve Gibbons/MarquetteImages.com

The Big East schedule got off to a good start, thanks to the hometown heroics of Liz Bartels.

We might have to nickname freshman midfielder Liz Bartels "Pringles," because now that she's popped the lid off of her collegiate scoring, she can't stop.

After scoring her first goal for Marquette in the waning seconds of MU's 5-0 win over UWM on Monday night, Bartels followed that up with registering the game winner in in the Golden Eagles' 2-1 win over Creighton in their Big East opener on Thursday night.

Bartels, an Omaha native, essentially got to take a one timer penalty kick off of a centering feed from Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, and snapped it into the upper left corner of the net where Creighton keeper Danielle Rice had no chance to make a play on it.

The timing of Bartels' goal was especially significant. It came just short of the 57 minute mark, and while Marquette had been dominating the first 10 minutes of the second half by outshooting the Bluejays 4-1, being able to punch a goal in quickly was important. Creighton had tied the match in the 44th minute, when Emily Roll sent a corner kick all the way to the far post and put just enough bend on it to get it to hit the inside of the post and go in.

Marquette took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, when Cara Jacobson fired home a pass from Mary Luba from about eight yards out. The goal was the second of the season for Jacobson and came on Marquette's fifth shot of the match.

MU blasted away on Creighton all match long, opening up a 9-2 first half shot advantage, and piling on with a 17-2 advantage in the second half. The Golden Eagles allowed just the lone corner kick by Roll during the match, while taking nine corner kicks of their own.

Amanda Engel went the full 90 in net and didn't need to make any saves to get MU the win. Rice made nine saves for Creighton.

Marquette extends their unbeaten streak against any Big East opponent to 14 matches, and their Big East regular season unbeaten streak moves to 20 straight matches.

How about some highlights, courtesy of the Creighton athletic department?

Up Next: The women travel to Pennsylvania to face Villanova (4-4-2) on Sunday afternoon. The Wildcats opened their Big East schedule with a 2-0 win over #25 Butler last night.

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