Golden Eagles Lose Heartbreaker to No. 22/24 Minnesota, 2-1
Nov. 14, 2008
ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Marquette women's soccer team saw the 2008 season come to an end in a hard-fought 2-1 loss at No. 22/24 Minnesota in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Friday night at Elizabeth Lyle Robbie Stadium. Junior Allison McBride scored MU's lone goal in the 75th minute.
The Golden Eagles complete the season 11-8-3, while the Golden Gophers (21-3-0) advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will play South Dakota State on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Jackrabbits upset No. 4 seed Colorado, 1-0, in the first game of the day.
"This is a tough loss for our team. We are disappointed for not putting together a complete 90-minute game," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Without making excuses, our emotions got the better of us in the first half. We have worked so hard to get to this point in the season. The ladies wanted it so bad, we forgot to just play the game. The cohesiveness was missing in the first 45 minutes and having to come back from a two-goal deficit is difficult any time, especially tonight. I give our team a ton of credit for stepping up and doing everything possible to get a result."
Marquette as it struggled to find its rhythm in the first half, and Minnesota capitalized with two goals in the first 15 minutes of play.
The Golden Gophers tallied their first goal in the eighth minute. Defender Katie Kelly was called for a foul outside of the 18-yard box thus awarding a free kick to Minnesota. Golden Gopher Lindsey Schwartz sent the ball in to Kaitlin Wagner who's shot was blocked by the Marquette defense. However, in a scramble, Kelsey Hood collected the rebound and knocked it past Marquette keeper Chelsey Turner for the score.
Minnesota made it 2-0 at the 14:51 mark. Clare Grimwood served in the ball to Julie Rezac who headed it in the back of the net giving Minnesota a two-goal lead.
Following Minnesota's first goal, junior Allison McBride gave Marquette its first opportunity in the 10th minute that was saved by Lindsey Dare. Junior Becky Ryan had another chance in the 39th minute, but Dare saved her low-lying shot. The Golden Eagles finished the first half with 6-5 shots advantage.
The Golden Eagles came out with a higher sense of urgency and pressured from the opening whistle of the second half. Marquette found better scoring opportunities in the second frame out-shot the Golden Gophers 6-4, with three of those attempts coming on goal.
Marquette had a perfect opportunity to cut the deficit to one goal in the 55th minute when a Minnesota defender was called for a hard foul on sophomore Rosie Malone-Povolny at the top of the box. Kelly went up to take the free kick from just about 18-yards out, but her shot sailed high of the goal.
Marquette finally capitalized on a set piece with just over 15 minutes remaining to put the score at 2-1. Minnesota's Jennie Clark was called for a foul outside the 18-yard box awarding MU the ensuing free kick. Kelly served the free kick on goal where McBride, with good anticipation, ran on goal and buried the ball past Dare.
With eight seconds to go, the Golden Eagles gave it one last shot and put together an offensive sequence in Minnesota's lower third that ended with junior Michelle Compty's shot being saved by Dare.
"At halftime, we talked about building opportunities; scratching and clawing ourselves back in the game. We made it a game and almost tied the match with less than 15 seconds to go. It is unfortunate because this result ends our season. Congrats and thanks to our seniors, Katie, Shannon and Kelli who have made our team, program and our Marquette 'family' better and stronger. They have enjoyed tremendous success along the way and we are very thankful for them. As for the rest of our young squad, we improved this year and we need to keep building. In due time, we will reflect and get working on the future."
In seven NCAA Tournament appearances, the Golden Eagles move 5-6-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 4-3 in first round games.
Junior Allison McBride scored her first career goal, and was second defender to register a goal this season.
Senior Katie Kelly made her mark in the Golden Eagle record books as she finished her career tied for the most career starts all-time with 89, and tied for second on the all-time assists list with 25.