NCAA Sweet 16: BYU Defeats Marquette On Penalty Kicks

Amanda Engel was outstanding in net against BYU, recording a career high nine saves. - MarquetteImages.com

The Golden Eagles and the Cougars played to a scoreless tie through two overtimes before a winner must be decided. That winner was BYU.

It's clear from the stat sheet that BYU took Marquette out of their comfort zone. Marquette's standard mode of operation is to use ball control to deny their opponents shots and overwhelm them going the other way. The Cougars ended up outshooting Marquette by a 24-14 margin, and in a real rarity for a Marquette keeper, Amanda Engel made nine saves to keep BYU scoreless.

After getting outshot 12-5 in the first half, Marquette came out and played even with BYU in the shots department in the second half, but neither team could break through. The same goes for both overtime periods. Since the NCAA tournament needs a team to advance, the match went to penalty kicks.

After the standard five rounds of kicks, that was tied at three, moving things to sudden victory. Marquette and BYU both converted both of their first two rounds of kicks, but only BYU was able to convert on the third, giving the Cougars the 6-5 penalty kick win.

And so, we draw a close to a historic season in Marquette women's soccer. Third most victories in program history, third trip to the Sweet 16, and the first Big East title in program history. While we celebrate every member of the team for their accomplishments this season, we send a special THANK YOU to the six who have completed their collegiate career: Rachel Brown, Megan Jaskowiak, Ally Miller, Lisa Philbin, Rachael Sloan, and Sam Vicker. It's been a wonderful four years, and we thank you for everything you've done for Marquette.

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