Two different four goal performances drove the Marquette offense on Sunday afternoon as the Golden Eagles shellacked the Detroit Titans, 14-5.
Marquette jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Detroit in the first 15 minutes of the game. After UDM's Lexie Kinmond snapped the MU scoring run with a goal at the 13:29 mark of the first half, Marquette responded with four more goals before halftime and opened up the second half with Hayley Baas' second goal of the game just 32 seconds into the frame. At that point it was 9-1 Marquette, and even a three goal run from Detroit wasn't much to worry about at that point.
The Golden Eagles answered that burst from Detroit with the third goal of the game from Allison Lane followed by Baas' third just 50 seconds later. That made it 11-4 with 15 minutes left, and it was all over except for the shouting. Well, the shouting and four more Marquette goals, I guess.
Riley Hill was the offensive star for Marquette, even with Lane and Baas finding the back of the net four times. The sophomore from West Islip, NY, had the helpers on Marquette's first two goals of the game, and then she scored Marquette's next two goals, including with a woman advantage on a yellow card on Detroit's Ally Shrader. Hill finished with four assists on the day and a total of six points.
Marquette's defense was ferocious in this one, forcing 16 of Detroit's 26 turnovers in the game. MU allowed just 15 shots in the entire game, which is less than the total that the Golden Eagles left fly just after halftime. Detroit was incredibly accurate with their shots, sending 11 of those 15 on frame. Sarah Priem made four saves in the first half to give Marquette the lead, while Emma Salter took the final 30 minutes and had a little bit more trouble, only making two saves to preserve the win.
Both of Marquette's wins this season have been by more than nine or more goals, while they've struggled to close out teams on three other occasions. There has to be a way to balance these performances out. At the very least, it would have been nice to save a goal or two for the next game....
Up Next: ....because Northwestern is going to be PISSED on Tuesday afternoon. The Wildcats are still ranked #13 in the country, but they're 1-3 after playing four ranked teams to open the season. They're opening their newly remodeled soccer/lacrosse facility as they haven't played a home game yet this year.