FOND DU LAC, Wis. (SabreAthletics.com) – Behind goals from Laura Maly, Morgan Ansems and Mikaila Johnson, the Marian University women's soccer team earned three critical Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference points on the road with a 3-0 victory over Concordia University Wisconsin at Fitting Field, this afternoon, Oct. 16.
The Sabres withstood an early Falcon burst and then seized control for the remainder of the match. Maly's goal in the 22nd minute put Marian on the board, while Ansems' score just 55 seconds before the halftime horn made it 2-0. Johnson scored in the 76th minute to shortly after CUW cut the deficit in half and Caitlyn Rosenberger made 10 saves to earn the victory.
Marian improved to 6-6-1 overall, 4-2-1 in the NACC with the win, while Concordia Wisconsin fell to 7-7 (5-2 NACC) with the loss.
After gaining momentum in the attacking third, Maly finally broke through with a blast from 18 yards out past a leaping Ariana Worthing. It was her fifth goal of the year, third in as many games and she scored for the fifth time in the Sabres' last seven contests. Leisa Conn had the assist.
Still with momentum on their side, but with time winding down in the first half, Ansems made it 2-0 with another deep shot off a feed from Alyson Fisher. Her 20-yard strike was just the second shot on goal against Worthing and gave the Sabres some much-needed breathing room heading into the break.
The Falcons cut the deficit in half when Anna Hirssig connected for her 10th goal of the year off an assist from Emily Ciesielczyk in the 68th minute.
Just when the pressure seemed to be put on the Sabres for the first time all day, they responded with an emphatic answer. Brittany Syms, who orchestrated several opportunities from the midfield in the first half, produced another scoring chance in the second, feeding Johnson for her team-leading eighth goal of the year to make it 3-1 in the 76th minute.
The Falcons outshot the Sabres 23-16 in the match and put 11 shots on target compared to just six for Marian, but the Sabres were technically strong and executed at a higher level to pull out the victory.
The win was Marian's first in Mequon since a 1-0 victory back on Oct. 7, 2008. The Sabres will turn around to host Aurora University (10-2, 6-1 NACC) at Smith Field this Saturday, Oct. 19. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.