Pyzdrowski Downs Musketeers in Overtime, 1-0
Oct. 8, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Cali Pyzdrowski's golden goal in the 92nd minute of play lifted the Marquette University women's soccer team to a 1-0 overtime victory against Xavier on Thursday evening at Valley Fields.
"Sometimes you've got to create your own luck and many times this year we've been on the other end of it," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "Maybe things are starting to even out a bit. Tonight obviously it was great that Cali got the game winner, but I thought their keeper played a great match all around. We knocked on the door several times and had some good looks and chances. Glad we were able to finish it off pretty early in overtime."
Pyzdrowski sent a cross into the box from 28 yards that was misplayed by Xavier keeper Rachel Piccus before dropping over the goal line. The goal was the first for the Golden Eagles (5-6-3, 2-2 BIG EAST) in 276 minutes, a streak that spanned over the course of three matches.
"I was hoping for a better service but we were just lucky it went in," Pyzdrowski said of her first career goal. "We had plenty of shots on goal and finally one went in. It means a lot, I wasn't expecting it at all but I'm happy it got us the win. We'll keep moving forward at practice on Friday and Saturday, and hopefully get a win on Sunday."
Piccus had notched eight saves heading into overtime, keeping the two teams scoreless despite Marquette holding a 20-7 edge in shots and a 7-2 lead in corner kicks.
"It's a great feeling, the girls have worked hard towards it and they're very deserving of it," Roeders said of the victory. "For us to get a win and a shutout and the points in the league, that's really important so hopefully that can be a springboard."
Though the game was scoreless through regulation, Marquette did not experience a lack of scoring chances. A strong look from Ann Marie Lynch in the 65th minute was batted over the goal by Piccus, leading to a corner for the Golden Eagles. Jacie Jermier's ensuing corner led to another MU push, but Xavier's defense, anchored by Piccus, denied the Marquette attack.
Another chance for the Golden Eagles came in the 77th minute off of a Jermier corner. Liz Bartels settled and fired from 13 yards, but Piccus held strong again, notching her eighth save of the contest.
The two sides entered the break knotted 0-0 though MU held an 11-3 advantage in shots.
Marquette's best first half chance came in the seventh minute as Lynch had a break-away on the left flank, but her shot from 15 yards was saved.
Golden Eagles will return to Valley Fields on Sunday Oct. 11, at 1 p.m. against Providence. The game will be streamed on the BIG EAST Digital Network, which can be accessed through Fox Sports Go.
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