FOND DU LAC, Wis, (SabreAthletics.com) – The Marian University women's soccer team opened up league play with a rematch of last year's Northern Athletics Conference Championship game against rival Aurora University and it resulted in the same 3-0 decision as the Spartans dominated every facet of the match at Smith Fields, this evening, Sept. 5.
The Spartans outshot the Sabres 35-7 in the contest, putting 16 shots on goal. Marian goalkeeper Caitlyn Rosenberger was tested early and often as her defense was slow responding to Aurora's next move. AU's Raquel Rodriguez accounted for each score, finishing with a goal and two assists in the win.
The Sabres fell to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the NAC, while Aurora improves to 3-0 (1-0 NAC).
Rodriguez punched in a breakaway goal in the sixth minute to make the score 1-0, but the Spartans weren't done. Ten minutes later, Nicci Bermudes put one home on an assist from Rodriguez and Aurora took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Rosenberger withstood 16 shots in the first half and the second half wasn't any different. Aurora got off 19 shots in the second stanza with ten of them landing on goal. The Aurora insurance tally came in the 63rd minute off the foot of Lisa Bajkowski, a rebound following a shot attempt by Rodriguez that was saved.
The Sabres managed just two shots on goal, one in each half, and struggled to gain any sort of offensive momentum. Perhaps tired legs played a factor as the team returned home Tuesday from a three-day road trip in California.
Nonetheless, the Sabres will use a much-needed several days off to prepare for a home match against NAC foe MSOE, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Smith Fields.