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#14 Marquette Drops Season Opener To #20 Portland

A tough loss to start things out, but these are the things that happen when you play ranked teams on the road.

Maegan Kelly had three shots against UP to lead MU.
Maegan Kelly had three shots against UP to lead MU.

Portland senior midfielder Ellen Parker found the back of the net in the 22nd minute to give the nationally ranked Pilots a home opener win over YOUR Golden Eagles. Parker's goal came as the ball was bounding around in the 18 yard box and MU keeper Amanda Engel challenged a shot attempt from midfielder Emily Sippel. The ball slowly rolled away from the Marquette net, allowing Parker to step in and make a one touch finish over the prone Engel.

Portland dominated the early goings of the match, getting off five shots including the tally from Parker before Marquette got their first shot off the boot of Taylor Madigan. From that point on, Marquette outshot Porland 11-6 for the remainder of the match, including 6-3 in the second half.

Erin Dees went the full 90 for the clean sheet for the Pilots while making two saves in the process. Engel made two saves in the match, both coming in the early flurry from Portland. Junior transfer Alex Heffron and freshmen Morgan ProffittAshley Handwork, and Liz Bartels all made their official debuts in Marquette kits, with Heffron and Proffitt getting the nods in the starting lineup.

Next Up: Does it count if it's already underway? As I type this, Marquette is in a 0-0 halftime tie with Portland State.