The first career goal for Abby Hess was the match winner.
Aug. 20, 2017
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MILWAUKEE – Abby Hess netted her first career goal to snap a 1-1 tie with 13:58 remaining, leading Marquette to its first win of the 2017 season, a 2-1 non-conference victory over Kentucky on Sunday at Valley Fields.
Carrie Madden, who led the Golden Eagles (1-1) with six goals last season, opened the scoring in the 64th minute with her first goal of the season.
Marquette's two second half goals were the result of an offensive buildup in the final 45 minutes - the Golden Eagles outshot the Wildcats (0-2) 16-5 in the period, and 18-7 in the match.
The match-winner for Hess came in the 77th minute and after Eva Mitchell scored the equalizer in the 69th minute for Kentucky. Madison Dunker sent in a free kick from just behind midfield that found Hess when it hit off the head of a Kentucky defender. On one bounce, Hess volleyed the ball off her left foot inside the six-yard box and just under the crossbar.
Madden's goal was the finishing play on a buildup led by freshman Kylie Sprecher - Sprecher's initial cross from the right wing was blocked, but she regained control and slipped it to Darian Powell in the middle of 18-yard box. Powell's point-blank shot was denied by Kentucky goalkeeper Evangeline Soucie, but Madden was unmarked and able to fire in the rebound to break up a scoreless game.
Kentucky had a quality scoring chance off a corner kick in the first 12 minutes when Gina Crosetti struck a mid-air volley from six yards out at the goal, but Maddy Henry lept with an outstretched arm to her right to punch the ball away and keep the match scoreless. Henry finished with two saves for MU.
Marquette’s best look in the first period came in the 33rd minute on a cross along the goal mouth from Caroline Fink to Sprecher, but her redirection went wide.
The Golden Eagles return to action at Valley Fields on Friday, Aug. 25 against Drake at 7:30 p.m. Central time.
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