EXPLORERS GO 1-2 IN TOURNAMENT — The Marquette Catholic Explorers finished 1-2 over the three-day Gateway Classic Tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
They opened the tourney with a 2-0 loss to Lutheran South on Friday, fell to University City 2-0 on Saturday, but recovered with a 1-0 win over Naperville North on Sunday to wrap things up. The Explorers are now 2-5 in their inaugural campaign.
Marquette played a solid game of defense and offense in the last game of the tournament.
With only two defensive corners and seven offensive corners in the game, the Explorers dominated the game.
The lone goal was scored on an offensive corner in the first half by a shot from junior captain Emma Taylor and assisted by fellow captain Hannah Schulz.
"Taylor and Schulz work great together on these corners,” Marquette head coach Sarah Ulrich said. “We have made some changes lately in our positioning on these corners and I think they are paying off.
"Taylor is a very adaptable player. She is our stopper. She is mainly a defender, but has had many carries up the field. She creates space and our team looks to her to make things happen on the field. I already have scouts asking about her."
The team also chalked up their first shutout from sophomore goalie Kaitlyn Fitzgerald.
"Kaitlyn always give 100 percent,” said Ulrich. “She is competitive and does not back down or give up. She is getting more and more aggressive. She will be a player to watch in the future."
Ulrich added, "The team is really working hard. They have surprised me every game with their improvement and understanding of the game. We are creating scoring opportunities more often and learning how to anticipate our opponents moves. That is something that will only get better. I am extremely happy with their performance in this tournament."
Junior sweeper Bri Klatch played lock down defense in the win over Naperville North. Ulrich was pleased with that.
"Bri does a great job in the back field,” Ulrich said. “She stays calm, reads the players and anticipates their next moves. She is always one step ahead of them. I expect great things from her in the rest of the season."