LISLE, Ill. (SabreAthletics.com) – A pair of Morgan Ansems goals book-ended a 2-1 Northern Athletics Conference road victory for the Marian University women's soccer team and clinched a NAC tournament berth as it defeated host Benedictine University, this afternoon, Oct. 13.
Ansems found the net twice in the second half, including the game-winner in the 89th minute, an unassisted score stemming off a Benedictine turnover in the box. Marian keeper Caitlyn Rosenberger made two saves, allowing the lone Eagle goal in the 82nd minute en route to the win.
Marian improves to 7-7 overall, 7-2 in the NAC with the win, while Benedictine falls to 5-8-2 (4-5-1 NAC) with the loss.
Both teams played a relatively quiet first half with the Sabres recording five shots (2 SOG) to the Eagles' 1. In the second half, Marian compiled 10 shots with three landing on goal. The first was a long blast from Ansems to break the scoreless tie in the 59th minute.
The sophomore took a pass from Jade Koeune and deposited it inside the far post to give Marian a 1-0 advantage.
Just when it appeared as if the Sabres were going to register their fifth NAC shutout of the season, Benedictine's Tara Tarazoff tied the game at 1-1 with an unassisted goal in the 82nd minute.
With little time remaining in regulation, the Sabre offense proved opportunistic as Ansems was there to capitalize on an Eagle turnover in the box and give the Sabres the lead for good with just 1:25 remaining in regulation.
The win sets up a showdown with Concordia Wisconsin (11-4, 7-2 NAC) Wednesday, Oct. 17. Both teams currently sit in a tie for third place with three NAC matches left to be played. Game time is slated for 4 p.m. in Mequon.