Mallams Scores Two; Marquette Ties Louisville, 2-2
Oct. 19, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After 110 minutes of play, the Marquette women's soccer team walked away with a 2-2 draw at Louisville Friday night. Senior Allison Mallams scored both goals for the Golden Eagles who stand 11-2-3 overall and 4-2-2 in BIG EAST play. The Cardinals sit at 10-3-2, 5-2-1 for the season.
"We are disappointed with the result," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Louisville came out very strong and created a lot of pressure without having many opportunities. Give Louisville credit for continuing to battle and make it a game. Winning on their field is not an easy task. We had some chances but couldn't make them count. Soccer is a beautiful game, but it keeps you humble. Games are won in 90 minutes and we didn't play a complete game so we can't complain. We need to rebound quickly and get ready for Sunday at Cincinnati."
Marquette scored both of its goals in the first 46 minutes of game, while Louisville rallied in the second half with two of its own to send the game to overtime.
For the game, the Golden Eagles out shot the Cardinals, 17-13, and took eight corner kicks to Louisville's four. Senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer made four saves including two in the extra frames.
Marquette dominated play in the first half even though Louisville came out and pressured immediately. Mallams got the Golden Eagles on the board first in the 27th minute. Compty, on the wing, found Mallams inside the box. The stiker from Liberty, Mo., knocked it past Joanna Haig with her head for her first goal of the season.
Marquette went up 2-0 at the 46:19 mark when senior Christy Zwolski fed the ball to Mallams who found the back of the net for the second time of the game.
"We got into a better flow for the rest of the half and started to build some possession. The team came out strong in the second half and we were rewarded," said Roeders.
Louisville continued to pressure and got an opportunity in the 63rd minute when Marquette was called for a foul inside the penalty box. The Cardinals were awarded a penalty kick and Monique Gjini converted her chance to put the score at 2-1.
"The penalty kick was momentum changing and it gave them life. Lots of credit to our ladies for not hanging their heads and continuing to fight," said Roeders.
Kelsey Hunyadi scored the game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime. Again, the Golden Eagles were called for a foul and Louisville sent a long serve into MU territory. Marquette was unable to clear the ball out and Hunyadi capitalized.
MU's defense reigned supreme in the two 10 minute overtime periods as it limited Louisville's chances to just one per period. The Golden Eagles totaled four shots in the 20 minutes of extra time, two of which were on goal.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Sunday when they play at Cincinnati at Noon ET.