Women's Soccer: #25 Marquette 3, Colorado College 1

Taylor Madigan had two goals vs Colorado College and was named Offensive MVP of the first ever Marquette Invitational. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com

The Golden Eagles keep their record at Valley Fields this season perfect with a win to clinch the title in the first ever Marquette Invitational.

Heck, forget keeping it perfect this season through two matches, Marquette has now won 10 straight matches in the Valley and is unbeaten in their last 14 as well.

Things got started in the 27th minute, when Taylor Madigan bounced home a feed from Maegan Kelly to put MU up 1-0. Colorado College got level less than a minute into the second half in an odd sequence where the ball was lofted towards the crossbar by Sarah Schweiss and caught just enough of it to drop nearly straight down and across the goal line without much of a challenge from Marquette keeper Amanda Engel.

While the sudden goal had to come as a shock to the Golden Eagles' systems, they didn't show it on the field. After the Tigers had a header shot go wide 90 seconds after their goal, MU counterattacked and Mady Vicker hit the soccer equivalent of a fade away off of a rebound of a Vanessa Legault-Cordisco shot at MU was back on top. The Golden Eagles weren't content with a one goal lead after seeing one evaporate on them, and Madigan was there to add some insurance.  In the 51st minute, Madigan saw a chance at connecting on a VLC cross and took it, even though it meant that she tumbled to the turf because of a Colorado College tackle attempt immediately after taking the shot. Madigan connected firmly, and MU was up 3-1.

With three goals on the weekend, Madigan was named Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Marquette Invitational, while Marquette's Katie Hishmeh was named Defensive MVP for her efforts in Marquette only allowing one goal in 180 minutes. Vicker and defender Emily Jacobson also made the all tournament team.

Maegan Kelly Assists Watch: The senior forward picked up her 32nd career assist on Madigan's first goal of the match. Kelly's next assist will tie the all time program record. Before the season, we estimated that it would take Kelly until the 10th match of the season to tie Regina Sekyra's record, but here we are just six matches in and the next ball off of Kelly's boot could be the one that does it.

Up Next: Marquette hosts Colgate on Friday night at 7pm. The Red Raiders are an all or nothing squad, holding a 4-1 record on the season with all five matches ending in a shutout.

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