Darian Powell became the 11th woman in Marquette soccer history to score 20 goals in a career as the Golden Eagles beat Drake 3-0 on Friday night. With the win, Marquette is now 2-1-0 on the season, while Drake falls to 1-2-0.
Let’s go ahead and address the Powell issue first. Darian Powell scored her 19th career goal in the 24th minute after Carrie Madden headed the Eli Beard long ball back across the net to an unmarked Powell. Her 20th career goal came in the 54th minute as once again Madden made a play to free the ball up and send it across the gaping net and away from the Drake keeper for Powell to send it home.
That ties Powell with Lanette Rossini on the ol’ career scoring chart. Marquette is saying that Powell is tied with Rossini for 10th. I say she’s tied for 11th. Here’s MU’s own record book.
Look at places 4 through 8. 4 and 5 are tied, Ward is without a number tied with Morgan in 6th, and Zwolski is eighth. A tie for fourth means the next person down is sixth. A tie for sixth means the next person down is eighth. Yet, even with Luba and Sloan tied for ninth, Rossini is 10th. Sorry, but that’s 11th, and that’s where Powell is right now.
Madden, on the other hand, is currently leading Marquette in points on the season with six. She scored her second goal of the year shortly after halftime, heading home a Leah Celarek corner kick off the post. Drake’s Rachel Wanninger has to be kicking herself for not properly sealing off the ricochet angle off the post that Madden used to put the ball in the net.
Marquette played a dominant style in the match, taking a 13-5 lead in shots into halftime before finishing with a 22-12 margin. The Bulldogs became a wee bit too physical after halftime, grabbing up three yellow cards and a straight red for Alyssa Brand in the second half. The final yellow card of the game came on Wanninger, who decided to get a little too rough with MU’s Rachel Johnson with less than a minute to play. Johnson had to be carried off the field by Marquette staff, so it’s possible that Drake’s frustration at their loss may have cost the freshman from Omaha the remainder of her season.
Maddy Henry made one save in 78 minutes to keep the Bulldogs off the board, and Sloane Carlson came on in relief to play the final 12 minutes and make two saves of her own to preserve the clean sheet.
How about some highlights from GoMarquette.com?
And postgame comments from Powell, Madden, and head coach Markus Roeders:
Up Next: Marquette will hit the road for the first time this season when they visit Louisville on Sunday. First kick is scheduled for noon Central time, and you should be able to watch live via WatchESPN. The Cardinals are 3-0 on the season after getting a 2-0 road win over Indiana on Thursday night.