It was just a smidge cold at Valley Fields on Wednesday afternoon as Marquette and Coastal Carolina took the field. The game time had been moved up to 3:00 pm from it's original 6:00 start due to expected near record low temperatures. Yet despite the bright sunshine, the game was essentially divided into quarters as play was stopped near the midpoint of each half to allow players to return to the locker rooms (and for fans to scurry to their cars) to warm up. The handful of fans present were rewarded with a Golden Eagles' 10-7 victory, their first home win of the season, which came against the same opponent which Marquette beat last year for the program's first win ever.
Less than five minutes into the match-up,got Marquette on the board first with Juliana Schearer made it a 2-0 lead soon after. The Golden Eagles led 5-4 at halftime after the The Chanticleers and Marquette's Hayley Baas traded goals until the break. Coastal Carolina's leading scorer Keri White tied it up at five, but Baas answered with her fourth goal of the game to restore the Marquette lead. Kenzie Brown scored the first of two goals to give the Golden Eagles' some breathing room, but the Chanticleers were able to capitalize on Marquette fouls, including a yellow card that gave them a one woman advantage, to tie it at 7.
The Golden Eagles shut it down after the final warm up break, scoring three goals and beating the Chanticleers at draws and to ground balls. Coastal Carolina got a final shot to close the gap when Smith drew a late yellow, but Elizabeth Goslee promptly forced a turnover and came up with the loose ball. Marquette essentially rushed down to the field and then played keep away until the penalty expired. A yellow on Charlotte O'Leary sealed the deal for the Golden Eagles as the Chanticleers had to play the last 90 seconds down a player.
Baas' four goals led all scorers and puts her at 12 for the season in a tie with Shearer for most on the team. Marquette improves to 3-3 on the season with the win and has already eclipsed its win total from last year's inaugural run.
Next up: A two game road trip gets underway at Harvard on Saturday March 15 at 11 am.