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Women's Soccer: #20/25 Marquette 4, Oakland 1

Like a fighter that needs to see their own blood before they get going, MU had to rally back for the victory in their second match of the Notre Dame/adidas Invitational

Mary Luba's first goal of the season drew MU level in the 22nd minute.
Mary Luba's first goal of the season drew MU level in the 22nd minute.

For the second straight match, Marquette gave up a goal in the first five minutes of the game. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, instead of drawing the match level, Katrina Stencel's finish from five yards out put Oakland out in front early on.

Oakland would get the next shot of the match, but from there, MU reeled off thirteen straight shots. Three of those shots found their way past keeper Payj O'Shea, and just 33 minutes in to the match, Marquette had a 3-1 lead, and because of the possession dominance, the game was essentially over. The goals came from Mary Luba, who swiped a clearance attempt in the box and finished, Mady Vicker, who got a feed from Maegan Kelly, and Alex Heffron, who cleaned up a rebound from four yards out.

Marquette would get a 73rd minute goal from Ashley Stemmeler off a cross from Jacie Jermier to wrap up the scoring. It was the first goal of the season for Luba, Heffron, and Stemmeler, and the first points in a Golden Eagle uniform for both Heffron and Jermier. It was also the first action of the season for keeper Sofie Schunk, who replaced Amanda Engel in the 63rd minute.

All told, 23 different players made their way on to the pitch for Marquette, although defenders Emily Jacobson and Katie Hishmeh played the full 90 minutes. Given the defensive lapses that Marquette has shown early on, hopefully the extra time out there working together pays off down the road.

As this was a invitational event, they named an all-tournament team after the conclusion of all the matches. Emily Jacobson and Taylor Madigan both made the squad for their efforts over the weekend.

Maegan Kelly Assists Watch: Kelly's helper on Vicker's goal moved her to 31 assists for her career. She needs two more assists to tie the all time program record at 33.

Up Next: After four matches away from Milwaukee, it's finally time for opening night in the Valley. Marquette returns home to host the first ever Marquette Invitational. They'll face the St. Mary's Gaels (1-3) on Friday night at 7:30 pm.