Marquette falls at Creighton, 3-2, in 2OT
Sept. 25, 2016
OMAHA, Nebraska – The Marquette University women’s soccer team took a 2-0 lead for the third-straight match on Sunday afternoon at Creighton, but could not hold on as Lauren Sullivan gave the Bluejays a 3-2 win on her golden goal in double overtime.
“It was obviously a disappointing result,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “The third consecutive game where we go up 2-0 and then allowing two goals the last couple of games and then three today. It still boils down to making mistakes defensively that keep costing us. They put us in a position where you can’t build your own game. After you get up 2-0 you should be in a position where you are going to make it more difficult for the other team to try and attack you. They got one back before halftime then one in the second half. I thought in overtime we had a couple of looks on set plays and it’s a disappointing result. A credit to them for coming back.”
The Golden Eagles (4-5-2) took a 2-0 lead after 25 minutes of play, but the Bluejays (6-1-2) responded just before the half to pull within one at the break. CU tallied the equalizer with just over 11 minutes remaining in regulation and Sullivan’s match winner came at the 107:32 mark after a couple of set pieces by the Golden Eagles deep in the attacking third.
“It’s disappointing all around for us because we keep giving up goals that, at this level and as good of a team as we are, we shouldn’t be allowing,” Roeders said. “At times it’s just little mistakes like a couple of players not working off each other and if we want to be a successful team this year we will have to be better. We have a quick turnaround and we get to play at home for a couple games and that is a positive.”
The loss, which snaps a four-match winning streak for MU over CU, is the third-straight match that the Golden Eagles have surrendered a 2-0 lead, having done so last weekend against Cal Poly and CSUN.
Pfeiffer’s career-best fourth goal of the season came in the 23rd minute as Madden found her with a cross at the top of the 6-yard box. Pfeiffer redirected the ball with her heel just inside the far post to put the Golden Eagles up 1-0.
Madden then added her own goal two and a half minutes later as Pfeiffer headed a ball her way off a Meegan Johnston corner kick. The shot barely crossed the goalline before it was grabbed by CU keeper McKenzie Meola who pulled it back into play after the ball hit inside the net.
The Bluejays answered with 10 minutes to play in the first half as Lauren Sullivan split MU’s center backs Madison Dunker and Erin Holland at the top of the 18 before beating Henry. The Golden Eagles held a 7-6 edge in shots after 45 minutes of play and a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal as Meola had to make three saves on MU in the first.
The lone goal of the second half came in the 79th minute as Taryn Jakubowski chipped the ball ahead to a streaking Ashleigh Cearlock who beat Henry to the left side of the net.
“This one hurts today and I think we’re better than this,” Roeders said. “We’ve played a great schedule to challenge ourselves out of conference play and to come here and lose a 2-0 lead to lose in overtime, that can’t be part of what we’re doing and we’ve got to make sure that we turn this thing around pretty quick.”
The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to host Seton Hall at Valley Fields on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. before welcoming St. John’s for a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup with St. John’s.
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