Women's Soccer Draws 1-1 at No. 14 Wisconsin
Aug. 13, 2015
MADISON, Wis. -- Sophomore Caroline Fink's equalizer in the 59th minute allowed the Marquette University women's soccer team to come away with a 1-1 draw in its exhibition opener against No. 14 Wisconsin on Thursday evening at the McClimon Soccer Complex.
"Overall there are really a lot of positives," MU head coach Markus Roeders said. "If we look at where we are in the preseason, this is the type of match we want to play. I am really proud of our overall effort and it was fun watching us play. I thought our possession was pretty good and in this game we expected it to be back and forth. Wisconsin is a quality side and that's part of the reason why we played this game at this time of year. We knew that they were going to challenge us in many different ways."
Fink's goal came with 31:43 to play in the second half after Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Junior forward Ashley Handwork faked her defender to get the ball to Fink at the center of the box, who found the net just inside the far post. The Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin native's tally remained the final goal of the contest despite a few counterpunches from the Badgers' offense.
The Golden Eagles, who are 3-2-4 against UW in exhibition action over the last nine years, had a few early chances but the Badgers were able capitalize in the 35th minute on a goal from redshirt senior Nikki Greenhalgh. Greenhalgh booted in the ball after MU goalkeeper Amanda Engel was unable to reach a low liner that a UW midfielder sent across the box from the near side of the field.
Engel, who played all 90 minutes, was able to make a pair of saves prior to the marker, including the first of the evening on Wisconsin All-American Rose Lavelle just 10 minutes into the contest. All-BIG EAST defender Morgan Proffitt broke up a scoring opportunity in the box to Engel's right, but the ball squirted back to Lavelle, who had a shot from about 12 yards that Engel was able to corral.
Handwork, who posted the assist on Fink's goal, also had a pair of scoring opportunities in the first half for MU. Her header off a Jacie Jermier corner kick in the 13th minute sailed wide of the far post, while a clear shot on net from 20 yards out on the right flank was saved by Wisconsin's Caitlyn Clem.
The Golden Eagles will join the men's squad for Fan Fest on Friday evening at Valley Fields from 5-7 p.m. A kids' skills zone will be featured along with team poster giveaways, autographs and a free Qdoba taco bar.
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