No. 24/23/12 Marquette and Wis.-Milwaukee Play to a Scoreless Draw
Sept. 23, 2007
MILWAUKEE - After 110 minutes of play, the No. 24/23/12 Marquette women's soccer team was unable to come away with a result against city rival Wis.-Milwaukee Sunday evening at Engelmann Field as the two teams played to a scoreless draw. The Golden Eagles still remain unbeaten but tally their first tie of the 2007 season and stand 8-0-1 overall, while the Panthers sit at 4-3-1 for the season.
"It was a tough battle between two teams that defend well," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Our team defense was excellent but we needed to finish our chances on the offensive end. Their goalie came up big several times and we hit one off the post that could have gone in. It was an open game and each team had spells where they dominated a bit more. Our possession game still isn't where we need it to be. It is a work in progress right now. A lot of our fans came out and supported us loudly which we appreciate. The disappointment is in our players faces because they want to win, and based on the chances we could have walked away with a 'W' tonight."
For the game, Wis.-Milwaukee held a slight shots advantage, 19-18, but Marquette got the upper hand in the shots on goal category, 8-4. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer played the entire 110 minutes in net and made four saves, while Panther keeper Erin Kane made seven saves.
In the emotionally charged match, both teams came out fired up and eager to create chances. Marquette got the first opportunity in the ninth minute when senior Christy Zwolski raced to the end line and sent the ball square to junior Britni Benage. Benage was unable to control it ball and get the shot off leaving a Panther defender to knock the ball away.
Ten minutes later in the 19th minute, Wis.-Milwaukee had its first chance. Marquette was called for a foul and Wis.-Milwaukee's Amanda Winn was on the free kick. Winn sent her kick to Sarah Teegarder and she got her head on it. Boyer made a magnificent save and punched the ball over the net. That was the only save Boyer made in the first stanza.
The Golden Eagles finished the first half with seven shots, three on target.
It was the same story for Marquette in the second half. Freshman Ashley Bares quickly created another opportunity for the Golden Eagles in the 49th minute when she fired a rocket of a shot with her left foot from 25 yards out that hit the far post. It was a similar situation for the freshman in the 66th minute as she launched another long-range shot. The ball curved just so to the far post that Kane was forced to punch it out.
Bares had one more chance to put the game away midway through the second overtime when she stole a ball at midfield and fended off a Panther defender while running at the goal. Kane came off her line and saved the looming shot over the crossbar from 15 yards out.
Bares, the Golden Eagles' leading scorer with 14 points, finished the game with a career high eight shots.
"We were unlucky tonight," said Bares. "We had our chances, but we just couldn't find the back of the net. It was frustrating. It felt like saran wrap was around the goal."
Collectively in the two overtime periods, Marquette took five shots, two of those were on goal.
"We created more chances tonight than we've had in a long time, but we couldn't finish," added associate head coach Frank Pelaez. "When you can't finish, you leave the outcome to someone else. This game is always so emotional that it takes you out of your groove."
The Golden Eagles return to Valley Fields and resume BIG EAST play on Friday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m., against Providence. The game is the first of a doubleheader with the MU men. The men's soccer team will play Louisville at 8 p.m.
* With the tie, MU remains undefeated. The Golden Eagles' unbeaten streak improves to nine games.
*MU is 1-3-4 all-time at Wis.-Milwaukee. UWM leads the series 6-5-5.
*Neither Marquette nor Wis.-Milwaukee has scored a goal when the two teams play each other at Engelmann Field since 2003.
*UWM outshot the Golden Eagles 19-18. It is the first time MU has been out shot all season.
*It was the first time all season the Marquette has been held without a goal.
*First overtime game of the season.