Marquette and Cincinnati Play to a 1-1 Draw
Oct. 19, 2008
MILWAUKEE - Despite out-shooting Cincinnati 22-3, the Marquette women's soccer team played to a 1-1 double overtime draw with the Bearcats Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields. The tie puts the Golden Eagles at 9-5-3 overall and 5-2-2 in BIG EAST play, while Cincinnati stands at 8-5-3 overall (4-2-3 BIG EAST).
"This was a much better performance than we gave Friday night, and I think we are better than the result," said head coach Markus Roeders. "I thought despite the very windy conditions we still played our game. We played with urgency and energy, and bounced back after they had scored. I don't know if we are jinxed in that we aren't able to put away some of the chances we created. 22-3 (shots advantage) speaks volumes on how we attacked today and I think we got back to our foundation of working hard, bringing energy and communicating. We aren't pleased with a final score, but we will take the positives from this and we will move forward."
The Golden Eagles dominated most of the possession and put seven shots on target, including three during the two overtime periods, but were unable to make any of the opportunities count. Bearcat keeper Andrea Kaminski made five saves to go along with two team saves. Junior Chelsey Turner earned the tie to put her record at 2-2-1 for the season and ended the day with one goal against and zero saves.
Cincinnati earned the first score in the sixth minute on a set piece. Julie Morrissey served in the ball from the corner to Kristin May who knocked it in far post past Turner to put Cincinnati on ahead, 1-0.
Marquette had an opportunity to even the score 67 seconds later when freshman Rachael Sloan was taken down in Cincinnati's box and Marquette was awarded a penalty kick. Senior Katie Kelly went up to take the shot, but it sailed wide of the goal. However, even after the missed opportunity, the Golden Eagles showed resiliency and would not let up their attack for the remainder of the game.
"I couldn't be more proud of the effort we put forth. They felt all along that they could win this game and that is evident on how they stepped up and battled for every ball. It is always harder to take when you don't end up with a 'W', but we have to take the positives from this and build on it," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles eventually got the equalizer at the 16:16 mark. Freshman Danielle Martens found Sloan on the run and finished her shot past Kaminski to even the score, 1-1. It was Sloan's first career goal.
For the remainder of regulation, Marquette peppered Cincinnati's goal with 11 shots and had a couple of quality chances coming off set pieces. For the game, the Golden Eagles registered the second highest corner kick tally of the season with 11.
In the 76th minute on MU's sixth corner kick of the game, Kelly tried to hook her serve in the net. Unlucky, the Golden Eagles were called for a foul as the ball went in and the go-ahead goal was called back.
Martens had a chance to score the game winner on a breakaway with just under two minutes remaining in regulation, but her attempt was stopped by a Bearcat defender.
The Golden Eagles will look to play for the American Division title when they host West Virginia Friday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields. The Mountaineers (10-2-5, 5-1-3 BIG EAST) currently hold a one-point lead in the standings over Marquette (17 points) with 18 points heading into the final weekend of conference play.
"We have an exciting weekend to look forward to. We will battle for the division title, and that is something new for our team. As long as we have something to play for we are not going to let up," said Roeders.