Freshman forward Kylie Sprecher scored the game-winning goal on Marquette‘s only shot of the night to help the Golden Eagles sneak past Boston University, 1-0, on Friday night. The win moves Marquette to 6-1-0 on the season, as they’ve now won six straight.
The goal came in the 22nd minute when Darian Powell sent in a well placed cross from the left side of the field and Sprecher was in great position to volley it in from five yards out. In the end, that was all Marquette needed to beat Boston University. It didn’t come easy however, as the Terriers threw everything they had at the Marquette defense. The defense had a bend but not break mentality as they absorbed a lot of pressure from the BU attack. The Terriers held a 25-1 shot advantage in the game and won 11 corner kicks to Marquette’s zero.
Let me say that again, so it sinks in: The Terriers held a 25-1 shot advantage in the game and won 11 corner kicks to Marquette’s zero. Maddy Henry again showed us why she’s the two time Big East Goalkeeper of the Week recording seven huge saves, including five in the first half.
It’s been a long time since the Golden Eagles have been out-played by their opponent. However, they found a way to win and that’s all that matters. Coach Roeders thinks that the Golden Eagles can learn a lot from a win like this one. Here’s what he said after the hard-fought win:
Hear from Markus Roeders following Marquette's 1-0 win at BU to keep its shutout streak alive. pic.twitter.com/I20WwuAWuW— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MUWomensSoccer) September 9, 2017
Now let’s go to BU head coach Nancy Feldman for her post-game reaction:
Kylie Sprecher has become invaluable for Marquette with game-winning goals in back-to-back weekends. She now has two goals on the year and is third on the team in points with six. It’s great to see her level of production early in her career at Marquette. She’s becoming a player the Golden Eagles can count on in tight games.
Marquette’s shutout streak is now at 471:55 minutes of play. This was in large part due to Henry’s amazing play with her seven saves. Although, the MU defense does deserve a ton of credit as well, even with the lopsided shot differential here. Five straight shutouts doesn’t happen by accident. It’s good to see that the Golden Eagles can come out with wins like this one. They can look back on this experience in close games later in the season.
How about some highlights, courtesy of GoTerriers.com? DISCLAIMER: The highlights are all in the first 60 seconds, but at least includes Sprecher’s goal, which is totally badass.
Up Next: Marquette will travel to Rhode Island to play the Rams at noon Central on Sunday, and the game will be streaming live on the A-10 network. Rhody is 2-4-0 on the season, but they’re coming off a 1-0 win against Vanderbilt last Sunday.