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Women's Soccer: Minnesota 1, RV/#15 Marquette 0

I've seen better starts to a season. Still, you don't win five straight league titles on accident, so let's give Markus Roeders the benefit of the doubt for now...

Marquette needs to start finding ways to get Mady Vicker free near the net.
Marquette needs to start finding ways to get Mady Vicker free near the net.
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Freshman Sydney Squires found the back of the net in the 59th minute for the only goal of the game and her third goal of the season, and Minnesota came away with a 1-0 win over RV/#15 Marquette on Friday night.

Marquette has now gone 180:34 without a goal, but it's no time to panic.  Against the Gophers, head coach Markus Roeders used 19 different players, including nine who are playing significant minutes for the first time and six who are playing for Marquette for the first time this season.  For comparison purposes, Marquette used just 15 players against Western Michigan in the 2013 NCAA tournament.  To really hammer that point home, six of those 15 were seniors.

We're seeing growing pains right now in the final score, but what Marquette is trying to do is starting to take form.  The Golden Eagles outshot Minnesota 12-9, and Gopher goalie Tarah Hobbs had much more on her plate than MU's Amanda Engel, as Hobbs had to make six saves to earn the clean sheet against just one save in 90 minutes for Engel.

Up Next: Things aren't getting easier for Marquette.  They'll be in Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon to play host to #19 Nebraska.  The defending Big Ten champs are 2-1-0 on the season after sneaking out a 1-0 win against Butler on Friday night on an 83rd minute goal from Caroline Flynn.