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Women's Soccer - Wed, Sep. 20, 2017
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INDIANAPOLIS - For the fifth-straight match, the Marian women's soccer team came away a winner, defeating Rio Grande 3-0 Wednesday night at St. Vincent Field. The Knights are 6-2 with the win and tallied their fifth shutout of the season.

With a few new faces in the starting lineup, the Knights settled in early and peppered Rio Grande's defense with shots from the start. Marian took eight in the half and in the 18th minute, it was Brittany Zendejas who found the back of the net for the breakthrough. Zendejas' goal was her second of the season and proved to be the game-winner for Marian.

Rio took five shots in the half, but Brenna Malatestinic met the challenge each time. Her offense gave her another goal later in the half as Paige Newton beat the URG goalkeeper to the left with a shot that struck the post and bounced in to double the hosts' lead. It was the first goal of Newton's career, but she wasn't done for the evening.

With a 2-0 lead in the second half, Marian's offense ramped up the pressure and fired 11 shots, while holding Rio to just three. In the 69th minute, Courtney Denney sent a corner kick into the box and Newton won the ball out of the air, heading it into the net for Marian's third goal of the night. Denney is now second on the team with four assists this season.

Marian outshot Rio 19-8 and dominated in corner kicks with a 10-0 advantage. Although Malatestinic was challenged only three times in the second half, she made one diving save to her left that wiped away what looked to be a sure goal. She finished the evening with five saves.

Marian will host IU-East Friday night at 7 p.m. The Knights will honor the team's five seniors prior to kickoff. Your online source for Marian Athletics, tickets, multimedia, Knight merchandise, photos and more.

Rio Grande (1-5)000
Marian (6-2)213
Indianapolis, Ind.
Scoring Summary
117:17Brittney Zendejas (Marian)
133:52Paige Newton (Marian)
268:32Paige Newton (Marian)
Rio GrandeIndv. LeadersMarian
NoneGoals#21 Paige Newton - 2
NoneAssists #6 Courtney Denney - 1
#10 Chase Davis - 4Shots #11 Brittney Zendejas - 4
#0 Andrea Vera - 9Saves #0 Brenna Malatestinic - 5
Rio GrandeTeam StatisticsMarian
8 (5)Shots (on goal) 19 (12)
9Saves 5
7Fouls 9
0Corner Kicks 10
0Offsides 1