Own Goal Costs Marquette at Seton Hall, 1-0
Oct. 1, 2015
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - An own goal in the 81st minute handed the Marquette University women's soccer team a 1-0 loss to Seton Hall at a rainy Owen T. Carroll Field in South Orange, New Jersey on Thursday evening.
"It's a disappointing feeling," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "We just didn't do enough and that's the bottom line. You play these league games on the road and it's always a little more difficult. The way certain other games have gone for us this season with not finishing our chances, we put other teams in positions where we give them a chance and it's unfortunate. Tonight it was an own goal and in other games it might have been a free kick or just a mistake."
The Pirates tallied the lone goal of the night off an Amanda Gulli cross in the 81st minute as an innocent-looking ball deflected off Marquette defender Kirsten Timmer and into the back of the net.
A pair of Jacie Jermier set pieces came up empty a few minutes later and the Pirates held off the Golden Eagles (4-4-3, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) despite a 16-5 advantage in shots for Marquette. Jermier's first free kick came from roughly 40 yards out near the MU bench and an ensuing corner kick found defender Morgan Proffitt on the far side of the goal box. Proffitt headed the ball back towards the near side and a header from redshirt freshman Emily Mouille missed its target.
"We created chances to score but at the end of the day, you have to put them away," Roeders said. "It doesn't matter who we play against. Today we had a lot of the possession, a lot of the ball, and were able to play our game but we couldn't put the ball away. So, here we are at the end of a 1-0 loss, scratching our heads and we are obviously not there yet. It's disappointing, but hopefully we can regroup and take on a good St. John's team on Sunday."
MU's best look early in the second half came in the 55th minute as Liz Bartels had a shot saved that was kept in by Ashley Handwork along the left side of the net at the goal line. Handwork sent the ball out to Meegan Johnston who made her way back up the center of the pitch and fired a shot in on SHU keeper Illissa Blackshear, who posted six saves on the night.
The Golden Eagles held a 5-3 edge in shots during a scoreless first half as rain continued to pour throughout the first 45 minutes of action. Johnston fired a pair of shots in the first half and the Golden Eagles also took five corners, all of which came up empty.
Mouille made her first career start on Thursday evening at forward after seeing increasing minutes in recent matches and posted three shots.
The loss was the first all-time against the Pirates as MU falls to 4-1-1 against Seton Hall.
The Golden Eagles return to action at St. John's on Sunday, Oct. 4 at noon Central time on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
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