Remember that Villanova-Creighton game in Philadelphia a while back? The one where Ethan Wragge couldn't miss to open the game? Fox Sports Live compiled Wragge's three pointers into a highlight reel where they put a counter in the bottom corner of the screen and added a single bell *DING* every time the counter moved up by one.
That was Julianna Shearer against Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
The freshman attacker opened the scoring 62 seconds into the game and after Kylie Birney evened things at one, Shearer beat Detroit goalie Lexie McCormick for the next three goals of the game to give Marquette a lead they would never relinquish. Shearer recorded her hat trick in just 15 minutes and 38 seconds, and she recorded her career high fourth goal of the game with 13:24 left in the first half. She broke her personal best late in the first half when Marquette took a man advantage on a yellow card for Birney and Shearer ripped her fifth goal home to put Marquette up 8-3.
Things may have seemed like they were tightening up in the second half when Detroit scored two straight to cut the lead to 9-5. Emily Donovan answered with her first goal of the season just six seconds later, and after Kelsi Pritchard responded for the Titans, the next two goals came off of Marquette sticks. First it was Nicole Gleason's second strike of the day, then it was Devyn Antolini getting her second goal in as many games to push the lead back to 12-6 and give Marquette a cushion for the remainder of the game.
Shearer has recorded a goal in each of Marquette's games this season, giving her a four game goal scoring streak to open her collegiate career. She's matched in that category by fellow Maryland native Amanda Bochniak, who put herself on the board just after halftime for her fourth goal in four games. It was the only goal of the game for Bochniak, but she also had five assists to finish the day with a game high six points.
We will need to keep an eye on Shearer's scoring as things go on this season. She now has 10 goals in four games, and Kenzie Brown led Marquette last season with 24 goals in 17 games.
Marquette's offense overall was running at peak efficiency against Detroit. They recorded goals on 15 of their 25 shots on goal and missed the cage on just three shots all game long. Marquette posted a program record eight assists on the day, with Bochniak snaring five of them, and last year's assists leader Claire Costanza picking up two of them, both on goals by Shearer.
Up Next: WOO HOME OPENER! With the program's first ever winning streak in hand, the Golden Eagles will break the ice on the home slate on Friday at 1pm against Duquesne. The Dukes are 1-1 on the season and defeated Marquette in their first ever home game last season. I have it on good authority that there will be FREE PIZZA for students that come out for the matinee.