Marquette draws with No. 22 Santa Clara, 1-1
Sept. 1, 2016
SANTA CLARA, California - Morgan Proffitt's header in the 64th minute equalized Thursday's match and the Marquette University women's soccer team played No. 22 Santa Clara to a 1-1 draw at Stevens Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
"I couldn't be prouder of our team," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "This was an outstanding performance. Santa Clara has a lot of class all around and I really enjoy the way that they play. I give our team all the credit in the world after getting down on that penalty kick, which was unfortunate. But then we got back in it and we scored again on a set play. I thought it went back and forth. It was a classic heavyweight fight and we kept going at each other."
The Golden Eagles (2-2-1) out-shot the Broncos 3-1 during the 20 extra minutes following regulation but could not break through as the game reached its final stages. Senior Ashley Handwork had a couple of great chances in the first overtime period, including a sliding shot from the PK area that she pushed just left in the 97th minute.
The two sides played an even match with each registering 10 shots with MU holding a slim 6-5 edge in shots on frame.
Proffitt's tally came off a set piece from Emily Hess, who served it in past the far post and the outstretched arms of SCU keeper Courtney Ogren. Molly Pfeiffer was able to get her head on the service and sent it back into the goal area for Proffitt who headed in her second goal of the year.
The Broncos (2-2-1) got on the board first in the 55th minute after MU defender Erin Holland was called for a foul as Julie Vass approached the goal line up the left side of the box. Jordan Jesolva proceeded to strike in the ensuing penalty kick, beating Marquette keeper Maddy Henry right as Henry dove left.
The two sides played to a scoreless first half with each team having a couple of scoring chances snuffed out before fully developing. Henry made a pair of saves for the Golden Eagles during an early push by the Broncos to preserve the tie through the first 45 minutes.
MU's best chance in the opening frame came on a great ball played up the far sideline by Caroline Fink to a streaking Ashley Handwork. Handwork gathered it at the goal line and sent a cross in to Liz Bartels, who was unable to make solid contact as the chance was stopped.
Henry recorded four saves for Marquette in net.
The Golden Eagles will resume action in the Bay Area at No. 2 Stanford on Sunday at 3 p.m. Central time before heading back to Milwaukee.
Keep up with the Marquette women's soccer program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and `liking' on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).
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