WSOC Fights Back for 2-2 Draw at Georgetown

Ashley Handwork scored MU's first goal and had five shots.
Oct. 18, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Facing a two-goal deficit and down a player, the Marquette University women's soccer team rallied for a draw 2-2 at Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Shaw Field in Washington, D.C.

"[The draw] is a credit to our team," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "We allowed the goal just before the half, which was a little disappointing because I thought we played a pretty good half. At 2-0 we were looking at an uphill climb, especially playing with 10 players. All the credit in the world for scratching and clawing, playing it and getting back into it. It was an exceptional performance all-around."   

The Golden Eagles (6-6-4, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) trailed 2-0 in the 66th minute before mounting their comeback and were without the services of junior defender Cali Pyzdrowski who was booked for a red card on a slide tackle in the 57th minute. Pyzdrowski's ejection came just outside the 18-yard box and though it did not result in a goal, forced MU to play with just 10 players for the remainder of the match.

Ashley Handwork and Liz Bartels each scored their third goals of the season in the 72nd and 73rd minutes, respectively, to help Marquette overcome its early deficit.


"I think we have those kind of things in us but I don't think we necessarily have shown it this year," Roeders said. "For us to be at this point with our backs against the wall and really sustain and ultimately get a tie out of it (is positive). We are on a good uphill climb here and hopefully we can continue."

Handwork's tally came at the goalmouth as she tapped in a ball she chipped past GU keeper Emma Newins from the top of the box. The junior recorded a team-high five shots on the afternoon and the forward's speed put pressure on the Georgetown back line in her 77 minutes of action.

Bartels scored the tying goal just over a minute and a half after Handwork got MU on the board and the marker came on her second attempt from close range. Bartels original shot was blocked by a GU defender from near the goal line, and she lifted her second shot over the opponent's head and into the net.

Marquette also had a number of good looks at a victory in double overtime as shots from Handwork and Darian Powell were just off target in the final three minutes. MU also held strong to hold the Hoyas off the board late as GU had an extended possession deep in the MU end in the 103rd and 104th minutes.

The Hoyas tallied the day's first goal from Taylor Pak with just over a minute to play in the opening period and added their second nine minutes after Pyzdrowski's red card. Sophomore Rachel Corboz scored GU's second tally in the 66 minute for her eighth goal of the campaign.

Reigning-BIG EAST Conference Goalkeeper of the Week Amanda Engel made four saves for Marquette, which outshot Georgetown 17-16, while Newins also had four saves for the Hoyas.

The Golden Eagles return to action at Valley Fields for Senior Night on Thursday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Central time against Villanova on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

Markus Roeders' comments following MU's 2-2 draw at Georgetown after being a player down after the 57th minute.

Posted by Marquette Women's Soccer on Sunday, October 18, 2015




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