On Sunday afternoon, Marquette women’s soccer got back in action for their first real game action in a month and first action of any kind since February 21st. Questions about rust were legitimate.
Well, at least until halftime, I suppose.
Katrina Wetherell scored in the 47th minute and Elsi Twombly provided the insurance in the 75th minute as Marquette knocked off DePaul, 2-0. It was the Big East opener for the Golden Eagles, who are now 1-0-0 in league play and 3-0-0 overall in this spring season.
It didn’t look like it was going to work out in Marquette’s favor in the first 45 minutes. The Blue Demons outshot MU 7-2 in the first half, but the good news for the Golden Eagles was that the shots on goal were tied up at only one each.
Shortly after halftime, Wetherell had enough of this scoreless nonsense and put MU up 1-0.
46' | Junior Katrina Wetherell puts the Golden Eagles on the board first in the opening minute of the second half. #WeAreMarquette— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MarquetteWSOC) March 7, 2021
MU 1, DPU 0 pic.twitter.com/zkjduyl7tG
Wetherell’s strike was the first shot of the second half for either team, and DePaul promptly went back to causing problems on purpose. Over the remainder of the period, the Blue Demons outshot Marquette 9-3 as they attempted to find an equalizer. They did not, largely because freshman goalkeeper Lauren Schill, making her first career start, swallowed up five of those shots to preserve the clean sheet.
Schill’s hard work paid off in the 75th minute when Elsi Twombly was able to put her body on the line to get an insurance goal for the Golden Eagles.
75' | Freshman Elsi Twombly tacks on a second goal for the Golden Eagles. MU up 2-0 on DePaul with 15 minutes remaining in Chicago. #WeAreMarquette pic.twitter.com/VxyvVeriVO— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MarquetteWSOC) March 7, 2021
Thank goodness she got credit for the goal, as the freshman from Appleton subbed out right after this because she went down hard upon scoring the goal. Hopefully she’ll be okay, as she has scored a goal in every game so far this season and it’s fun to see how long that streak can run.
Two of Schill’s saves actually came after Twombly poked the pass from Caitlin Cunningham into the net as the Golden Eagles closed the game out to pick up the three points.
Up Next: MU will be back in action this Thursday. It’ll be another road game for the Golden Eagles as they head down to Indianapolis to face Butler. The Bulldogs are 4-0 on the year, with their most recent match coming as a 3-1 home win over this same DePaul team.