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Women's Soccer: Marquette & St. John's Play To A 1-1 Draw

Lousy physics.

Mary Luba had MU's lone goal in the 1-1 draw.
Mary Luba had MU's lone goal in the 1-1 draw.
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Marquette and St. John's were tied in the shot column at six after 45 minutes on Friday night, but the Golden Eagles had the lead where it mattered: in the goals department.  With that 1-0 lead on a Mary Luba header at their backs, Marquette started the second half with ferocity, recording four shots in the first 15 minutes while not allowing St. John's to pull the trigger at all.

But, in the 67th minute, the first shot of the half for the Red Storm came off the boot of preseason all-Big East teamer Rachel Daly, and it had just a little more skitter to it than MU keeper Amanda Engel expected.  She made the save, but it deflected over the end line for a corner kick.  Engel punched that ball out for yet another corner, but this was was deflected out onto the field of play by St. John's, right to Jesse Schaefer, who volleyed it home for the equalizer.

Marquette would end up outshooting St. John's 11-5 in the second half, 7-3 after it was knotted up, but the Golden Eagles were unable to find their way past SJU keeper Diana Poulin again.  The two teams combined for just three shots in the 20 minute extra sessions, and the two teams parted ways with a point apiece.

Luba's goal came in the 38th minute.  Sophomore Meegan Johnston launched a ball from 35 yards out towards the far post where Luba was lurking.  She sent her header back at the other post and there was nothing that Poulin could do to make a play on the ball.

Engel finished the night with three saves, while Poulin made four saves, two before and two after Marquette's goal.

It's the first time in 11 all time meetings where Marquette has come away from a match against St. John's without a win.  The draw moves both teams into a three way tie for first place with Georgetown, who defeated Butler 4-2 earlier in the day.

Up Next: Marquette returns home after tonight's trip to NYC where they'll take on Xavier on Sunday afternoon.  The Musketeers fell to 3-8-2 on the season and 0-3-0 in Big East play after losing 1-0 to Villanova on an 89th minute goal on Thursday.