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Women's Soccer: Marquette 3, Louisville 2 (2OT)

Who could have expected Cardinals to use their hands in a crucial moment?

Maegan Kelly scored twice, moving her into the team lead in points.
Maegan Kelly scored twice, moving her into the team lead in points.
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With one overtime period already in the books and the clock ticking away on the second, Taylor Madigan flipped the ball up and past the far post from just outside the 18 yard box. Mary Luba was tearing down the left side to track it down and send it back towards center for a chance at a golden goal and a Marquette victory. Luba created a better chance than she could have possibly hoped for when her attempt at a cross struck the outstretched hand of a Louisville defender, giving MU a penalty kick in the 104th minute.

Maegan Kelly, who had opened scoring in the 53rd minute, calmly stepped to the penalty spot and lofted a shot into the bottom right corner of the net to give the Golden Eagles a 3-2 win in double overtime. Cardinals keeper Paige Brown never had a chance to make a save, as she barely even moved as Kelly's PK went flying by.

Kelly's first goal of the match came after a first half where Louisville outshot Marquette 9-6. Vanessa Legault-Cordisco popped a cross high in the air and in towards the middle where Kelly was able to bolt in from the far side and head it home. Marquette doubled their lead less than five minutes later when they somehow managed to get a three-on-one attack out in front of Brown. Cara Jacobson found Kate Reigel, who pushed in on towards Luba, who sent it into the net.

Marquette maintained control of the match over the next 15 minutes, outshooting Louisville 4-1. But in the 79th minute, Charlyn Corral, the AAC leader in points and goals, was there to snare a rebound coming off of MU keeper Amanda Engel and boot it in from 15 feet out. 2011 Big East Offensive Player Of The Year Christine Exeter found Casey Whitfield in the middle of the field in the 86th minute, and Whitfield was able to bury it from 23 yards out to draw things even and send it to overtime.

Engel was called on to make four saves to get Marquette the win, including three in the first half. Brown made two saves in the loss. Marquette's record moves to 6-3-0, while Louisville falls to 4-3-1.

Up Next: Marquette has one last non-conference match before starting Big East action next weekend. The Golden Eagles will head over to Engelmann Stadium on Monday night to face UW-Milwaukee (2-6-1). Everyone who was at the Louisville match should have gotten free tickets to the UWM game, so hopefully we'll see you all out there!