If you were running a bit late to catch the Marquette women play Colgate at Valley Fields, you might have missed the Golden Eagle's only goal. Colgate was able to clear out the ball after a Maegan Kelly corner kick in the seventh minute, but when Kelly lined up to take a second corner kick thirty seconds later the ball found the head of Morgan Proffitt who zipped it past goalkeeper Breanna Mason for her first career goal. The assist, Kelly's career 33rd, pulled her into a tie with Regina Sekyra on the Marquette career assists list.
In the first half the Raiders got some attacks in deep, but no one was willing to take a shot at the goal. After what I assume was the worst halftime pep talk ever, they fared even worse in the next half as Marquette dominated possession and Colgate's offense disappeared once they crossed the midfield line. Only superb work by Mason, who made 5 saves in the second alone, and the Raiders' defense kept the score close as Marquette outshot Colgate 21-6 overall and 13-3 in the second half.
With just six minutes remaining, Colgate made a last push: Caroline Brawner challenged Amanda Engel who held her ground and deflected the ball wide for the save. The Raiders failed to convert on the corner kick and the rally attempt was snuffed out. Engel notched her second shutout of the season as Marquette improved to a 5-2 record.
Meanwhile, just as action at the Valley reached halftime, men's soccer was still in a scoreless tie at Michigan in the waning minutes of the match. The Golden Eagles had come out kicking to start the match, but early shots by Coco Navarro and Brady Wahl were blocked. Eric Pothast had a chance to score late in the first half, but his header went high.
Instead Pothast played hero at the last second scoring his first goal of the season off a Axel Sjoberg header which itself came off a Jake Taylor throw in in the 90th minute. The victory was Marquette's third consecutive putting the men at 3-1-1 for the season and Charlie Lyon earned his second shutout on the season.
Let's check out the video of Pothast's game winner, courtesy of the men's soccer Facebook page!
Up Next: The women travel to Illinois State for a Sunday 1 pm match up while the men return to Valley Fields to face off against Michigan State on Sunday at 3:05 pm as part of the Big East/Big Ten Challenge.