MEQUON, Wis. – Marian University women’s soccer (10-9-0, 6-5-0 NACC) created opportunities late but couldn’t rally past CUW in a 2-1 loss in the opening round of the NACC Tournament.
As was the case in the first meeting between the two squads, Marian was able to find the back of the net first and take the early lead. Sophomore Melissa McBride was able to send the ball in to freshman Shannon Coughlin who floated the ball past the Falcon keeper 9:17 into the game to give the Sabres a 1-0 lead.
A little over 10 minutes later, the Falcons would connect on a cross to even the score at one apiece to close out the first half scoring. Concordia Wisconsin held a significant advantage in shots to open the game at 15-7 in the first half. Junior Danielle Deltgen opened the game with six saves in goal for MU.
The Falcons wasted no time in the second half as they were able to take their first lead of the game just 36-seconds into the half off of an MU turnover. The Marian offense would not give up as they were able to get the ball deep and create a couple breakaway opportunities as they went on to outshoot the Falcons 11-6 in the second half. Unfortunately, the Falcons were able to turn the Sabres away in each opportunity to preserve the win.
Coughlin led the offense with seven shots in the game, two on frame, while junior Alexis Peterson and freshman Alicia Balken each had four shots. Deltgen (8-5-0) finished the game with eight saves in net for the Sabres.
The 2017 Marian women’s soccer squad posted double-digit wins for only the eighth time in program history and had the third most shutouts in Sabre history.