WSOC Falls to Utah, 1-0, in 2015 Opener
Aug. 21, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team suffered a 1-0 overtime defeat to Utah in its 2015 lid-lifter on Friday evening at Valley Fields.
Senior defender Nykell Seymour netted the game winner for the Utes in the 93rd minute after receiving a feed from sophomore Natalie Vukic about 16 yards out in the center of the box and firing it past MU keeper Amanda Engel. It was the lone shot for either side in the extra session.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) generated four scoring opportunities in the final five minutes of regulation which were thwarted by Utah near the goal. Defender Kirsten Timmer served a free kick from near midfield to inside the box in the 85th minute which was saved after being headed by Darian Powell.
Roughly two minutes later Liz Bartels was fouled in the center of the pitch, resulting in a free kick from Jacie Jermier, which the senior sent in from 21 yards to just under the crossbar and had punched back out by the Utah keeper. Timmer ended up with the ball to the left of the goal off the ensuing corner, which she flipped back over her head to Ashley Handwork who was called offsides while she headed the ball in the net.
Bartels got another chance with 54 seconds remaining, which nailed the upper right corner of the post.
Powell created the first scoring opportunity for either side in the seventh minute with a cross played from near the goal line to the left of the box. Powell found Ashley Handwork through the far side of the box for a shot which was saved by Utah keeper Lindsey Luke, before Eli Beard jumped on the rebound which was also stopped by Luke.
The Utes were able to generate most of the scoring chances the remainder of the opening half, registering eight shots as Amanda Engel made a pair of saves.
The Golden Eagles return to action at Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 4 p.m. Central time at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines are receiving 10 points in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, while Marquette received 10.
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