Marquette Falls to BYU in Penalty Kicks after Double Overtime
Nov. 17, 2012
PROVO, Utah - After an incredibly hard-fought effort through two overtime periods, the Marquette women's soccer team (18-2-3) fell to BYU (20-1-2) in penalty kicks, 6-5, in the third round of the NCAA Championship at South Field Saturday evening.
The Golden Eagles close a season in which they made program history by winning the BIG EAST Championship and finished with the third-most wins in program history, as well as advancing to the Sweet 16 for the third time.
"I want to say congratulations to BYU. They are a wonderful team," head coach Markus Roeders said. "They have so many great players and I told them congrats. Tonight was an awesome game to play by both teams. Unfortunately we didn't advance, but I can't say enough about our great play. We switched formation a little bit and I thought we came out strong to begin the second half. It was a great game to be a part of and I am very proud of our team."
Through regulation the score remained tied at 0-0, but both teams had plenty of opportunities to score. BYU had a 20-13 edge in shots heading in to the first overtime period. The large crowd on hand helped add to an electric atmosphere for the two squads.
In the second overtime, the Golden Eagles had a good look from senior Rachel Brown who took a shot that sailed wide right and they were able to block the two shots that the Cougars took in the period.
BYU won the shootout, 6-5.
The Cougars had plenty of chances in the first half and owned a 12-5 edge on shots heading into the break. MU's freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel had four huge stops that kept BYU from getting on the board.
Junior Taylor Madigan took two shots on goal in the stanza, while senior Megan Jaskowiak recorded one.
MU came out with renewed energy in the second half and appeared to dominate possession of the ball. The Golden Eagles took eight shots in the half, four were on goal. Engel recorded four additional saves in the half and was up to eight at the end of regulation.
Engel finished the game with a career-best nine saves.
"Our team worked hard tonight," senior Ally Miller said. "We kept pushing through this game and kept fighting and I am very proud of us."
BYU finished with a 24-14 advantage on shots, but the squads were tied on corner kicks, each taking eight.