The Marquette Golden Eagles FINALLY found their mojo Sunday afternoon and defeated Drake 2-1 in Des Moines. WOOHOO! Victory at last!!! Pop the champagne, sound the horn, grab the Gatorade cooler, whatever else you wanna do because this is is the turnaround of MU’s season!
The win moves them to 1-5-1 on the year with two more non-conference games against BYU and Milwaukee before kicking off Big East play with Butler on September 23.
[Unrelated Note: Cheers to the start of Football season!!! It was a crazy first week. Aaron Rodgers showed that he’s still the MAN playing second half on one leg and still leading the Packers to a 24-23 victory despite being down 20-0. WILD. My Cowboys disappointed once again playing horrendous offense and will probably go 6-10 this year. Oh well, life moves on. And the Cleveland Browns will not go 0-16 this year! They drew to Pittsburgh 21-21 after both teams missed field goals in rainy weather. Weird, but it’s the Browns so not surprising. They are still in the running to go winless though so we’ll see.]
Anyways back to the all important first win of the season! Illinois native Leah Celarek scored her first goal of the season in the 31st minute, then freshmen Alyssa Bombacino netted her first collegiate goal in the 77th to secure the victory. Both Brewtown Andy and I said it was imperative that the Golden Eagles got more shots on target if they wanted to turn their season around. More importantly, having a positive shot differential was key if they wanted to get their first win. Well, MU held an 18-3 shots advantage over the Bulldogs with 10 on frame. Marquette gave themselves more chances and were rewarded for their efforts.
After getting reallyyy unlucky in previous games against Colorado and Michigan, they seemed to get pretty lucky in this one. Check out this Leah Celarek interview after the game where she breaks down MU’s two tallies:
Leah Celarek reacts following Sunday's win at Drake and her first goal since 2016. pic.twitter.com/s2dcJrrq7D— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MarquetteWSOC) September 9, 2018
Essentially Celarek wasn’t trying to score when she played the ball across the face of goal to the onrushing Carrie Madden but it sneaked in. While Bombacino seemed to be on the ground in a “scrap in the box” when she directed the ball goalwards after a bad clearance and it found its way into the net. Hey, it’s about time the Golden Eagles catch a couple lucky breaks. Very well deserved too as Celarek had seven shots with three on target to lead MU. Katrina Wetherall also had a great game, despite not getting a goal of her own, with four shots and two on target.
It was good to see the Golden Eagles finally dominate every aspect of the game. Don’t let the scoreline fool you. This game was not close. Drake’s lone goal came on a penalty kick in the 47th minute. Aside from that they had just one shot on target. For the first time all season, Maddy Henry was only required to make one save. The defense stepped up big time and the offense came alive Sunday to give Marquette a lot of positives to build on heading into their weekend tilt against BYU.