Michigan scored eight unanswered goals in the second half against Marquette on Friday evening, and the Wolverines came away with a 10-7 at Valley Fields. Marquette drops to 3-5 on the season with the loss.
It's the second straight game where the Golden Eagles have struggled to find the back of the net. Against USC last Sunday, Marquette was completely shut out after intermission as the Trojans came away with a win. On Friday against Michigan, it was a Claire Costanza goal with six seconds left in the game that broke Marquette's second half scoring drought at a total of 60 minutes and 37 seconds. But by that point, Michigan had already struck up a four goal lead that Costanza merely dropped to 3 at the final horn.
The first half was fun, though. Freshman Riley Hill potted Marquette's first, third, and sixth goals of the opening frame for a hat trick, and Nicole Gleason added two and Costanza netted one in between Hill's first two strikes as the Golden Eagles seemed to be taking control of things. Yes, Michigan outshot Marquette 15-8 across the first 30 minutes, but it's hard to argue with the six goals that were a result of those eight swings.
The shot disparity got worse after halftime, as the Wolverines took an 18-4 advantage. After making eight saves in the first half, goalie Sarah Priem made just one in the first 21 minutes of the second half as Michigan stormed back to take a lead. Priem was lifted in favor of Emma Salter for the final 10:45 after a goal that was not her fault. Michigan got loose on a fast break and Kim Coughlan netted her 19th of the year as she took Priem on 1-on-1. It wasn't the only time in the half where Marquette's defensive corps let their goalie down to put her at a disadvantage on a quick attack by Michigan. Salter made one save in relief while allowing two more goals.
Costanza's last second goal gave her a game high four points. Jess Angerman matched Hill with a hat trick for Michigan, while Tess Korten had a goal and two assists for the visitors as well. Wolverines goalie Allison Silber made just three saves in the game, but she came away with the win.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles will have to shake off this performance quickly. They'll be back in action against Detroit on Sunday at 1pm down at Valley Fields.