WSOC Falls to Portland, 4-3
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits in the second half to pull within one, but could not overcome Portland in a 4-3 loss at Valley Fields on Friday evening.
"The disappointing part about it is the loss but at the end of the day you look at it and sometimes stats can be telling, sometimes they're not," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "You give them seven shots they score four goals. I think we really let one slip away against this Portland team. I really liked the effort, our fight, our grit. We played with great spirit. I thought for the most part we had the energy to play with them but we had a couple of momentum killers that put us behind the eight ball."
The Golden Eagles (1-2-0) outshot their counterparts from the West Coast, 21-7, but UP keeper Hanna De Haan made six saves in net in the victory. Sophomore Caroline Fink, junior Darian Powell and redshirt senior Jacie Jermier all notched their first goals of the season for MU.
"To give ourselves credit we did a good job at climbing out of these holes and I think we'll do better at not putting ourselves in these positions in the future," Roeders said. "Right off the bat they score five minutes in and one right before halftime. We make it 1-1 with good possession and good chances we put one into the post and put another one against the far post so we were getting good chances but they get one and now we're down. I think some of it ties into the fact that we're just not at the point, as clean as we need to be."
The Pilots got on the board just over two minutes into play as Ellie Boon found Cecilia Pedersen in front of the net. Pederson booted the ball backwards from 10 yards to just inside the far post past MU keeper Amanda Engel.
Fink's tally came at the 10:24 mark of the opening half as she beat De Hann from left to right and tucked the ball inside the far post.
The Pilots added the final goal of the opening frame with roughly 15 minutes remaining in the first stanza and posted the first of the second half in the 50th minute.
Jermier's blast came in the 66th minute to pull MU to within 3-2 after Roeders moved the co-captain up into the midfield. Her shot came from about 22 yards out in the center of the field.
Portland answered just under three minutes later as Allison Wetherington was knocked down inside the box by Engel, resulting in a penalty kick, which she converted.
Powell added the final tally of the contest with 3:37 to play off an Ashley Handwork feed.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. against Boston University at Valley Fields.
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