Marquette Falls to DePaul in Penalty Kicks
Nov. 7, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y.-- The Marquette University women's soccer team (10-8-3) battled DePaul (15-0-4) to a 0-0 draw through two overtime periods in the BIG EAST Championship semifinal game, but did not advance to the finals as the Blue Demons earned a 4-3 decision on penalty kicks.
The two squads played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer in 20 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph on Friday evening at Belson Field on the campus of St. John's University.
The first half was a quiet, back-and-forth game with just one shot on each side. MU had a chance in the 18th minute when senior Mary Luba took a free kick about 25 yards out and narrowly missed finding Darian Powell for a chance to send it into the net.
The second half picked up intensity as junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned her second save just seconds into the second frame as the Blue Demons' offense came out firing.
A corner kick from senior Mary Luba in the 59th minute found senior Hayley Fritzlen, but her header was carried by the wind and sailed high. Meegan Johnston had a good look saved in the 62nd minute and followed with her second shot of the game in the 84th minute.
Junior AnnMarie Lynch blocked one of DePaul's best chances in the second overtime, which kept the game going and ultimately forced heading into the shootout. DePaul held a narrow 4-2 shot advantage in the extra periods, while Engel recorded two crucial saves to extend play.
In the shootout, Engel blocked one of the Blue Demons attempts, but MU had to misses as DePaul advanced 4-3. Luba, junior Jacie Jermier, Johnston, sophomore Darian Powell and senior Alex Heffron took the penalty kicks for the Golden Eagles.
Overall Marquette outshot DePaul 12-10. Engel recorded her ninth shutout of the season with four saves in the game. DePaul's goalkeeper Alex Godinez recorded three saves.
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