Marquette shut out at No. 24 Northwestern, 1-0
Sept. 11, 2016
EVANSTON, Illinois – Freshman Maddy Henry made a career-high eight saves on Sunday evening against No. 24 Northwestern, but the Marquette University women’s soccer team was unable to reach the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss at Lakeside Field in Evanston, Illinois.
“This was another one of those games that you knew going into it that it was going to be tightly contested,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “I thought we played really well and had a great second half, we put them under a lot of pressure and exerted a ton of energy. We created some chances but these games come down to set plays here, and inch there and again that is what it came down to tonight.”
The Golden Eagles (2-4-2) held a 9-7 advantage in shots over the final 45 minutes of regulation, but could not break through after a Wildcat goal just before the half.
Northwestern (7-0), which held a 16-11 edge in shots for the game, struck first with two minutes remaining in the opening stanza on a header off a set piece. Mary Erikson served a ball in from 25 yards out on the left flank to Hannah Davison, who was able to get her head on the ball and beat Henry back to the near side of the net.
“They opened a kid up on their corner header and they go up 1-0 and at that point it makes it a little bit easier for them to manage the game in different ways moving forward,” Roeders said. “It’s another learning moment for us. I would like to see us be a little more consistent over 90 minutes and really put forth the energy and the effort to get more chances.”
Henry made a pair of big saves in the 62th and 63rd minute to keep the Golden Eagles within one as the Wildcats made a few runs though the box to beat Marquette defenders.
One of MU’s best scoring opportunities came on its fourth corner kick of the evening in the 75th minute. Meegan Johnston served the ball into the box at the far post where it found Erin Holland, who headed it in on the NU net. Northwestern keeper Lauren Clem secured the ball right as she collided with a teammate where both players fell to the pitch at the goalmouth.
Johnston also nearly provided an assist in the 88th minute as she squibbed a free kick though a line of NU defenders and Molly Pfeiffer redirected a shot on net that was halted by Clem.
The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee next weekend when they host the Marquette Invitational at Valley Fields. Marquette will face Cal Poly on Friday at 7:30 p.m., followed by Cal State University Northridge on Sunday.
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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