In the first home game of the year for women's soccer, the fans in attendance got a surprise: Marquette in the road blues. I suppose that's the kind of logistical issues that pop up when you invite in a team from California to your first ever home tournament.
St. Mary's keeper Kaeli Schmidt got a surprise of her own in the 27th minute. First Cara Jacobson slotted one past Schmidt off of a feed from Haley Fritzlen, then just 26 seconds later, Mary Luba rammed home a rebound coming off the crossbar. That's not the best way to spend 30 seconds if you're a keeper. Or a defender. Or SMC's head coach.
Taylor Madigan made a heads up play as the clock ticked to the end of the 32nd minute. Schmidt was able to stop a Mady Vicker shot, but Madigan was in the box and able to tap in for her second goal of the season.
Sophomore keeper Amanda Engel went the full 90 for the Golden Eagles and made five saves to pick up her first clean sheet of the season and put MU above .500 for the first time this season.
Up Next: Marquette is back in the Valley tomorrow at 1:30 for the second day of the Marquette Invitational. Colorado College will line up on the other side after taking a 2-0 win from Loyola-Chicago in the first game of the Invitational.