Senior midfielder Liz Bartels clawed a goal back before halftime, but Marquette couldn’t equalize on Friday night and opened up the 2016 season with a 2-1 loss on the road against Nebraska.
Bartels’ goal came in the 32nd minute, with an assist from Carrie Madden and geometry. Madden played the ball in to Bartels from the left side, and the Nebraska native struck her shot to the far post. It was just wide enough to avoid the reach of Husker keeper Aubrei Corder, but not wide enough to miss the post itself. It was far enough in that the ricochet off the post sent the ball into the net for the first goal of the season for both Bartels and the team overall.
Unfortunately, they were already down 2-0 at this point. Freshman Meg Brant smacked home a cross in the fifth minute, and Nebraska went up 2-0 in the 20th minute. Officially, the goal is credited to Sydney Miramontez, but this is kind of confusing, so here’s Marquette’s description of the goal:
Nebraska’s second goal came in the 20th minute off a Sydney Miramontez corner kick as Henry was unable to fully deflect the ball that was played into the box. Morgan Proffitt was back at the goal line as the ball hurdled back towards the net, but a last ditch effort to get her head on the ball proved fruitless as it ricocheted off the bottom of the crossbar and into the net.
And here’s Nebraska’s:
NU’s second goal came off a corner kick from Sydney Miramontez that bounced off a Marquette defender into the net.
The box score credits it to Miramontez, but calls it an own goal. You can see the goal in the video package on Nebraska’s website, and it’ll probably all make a lot more sense if you do. While you’re over there, shake your fist at them for not including Bartels’ goal in the package. It raises the question: If Nebraska had lost 5-0, would they still have put together a package of “highlights?”
If you want to find a silver lining here, Marquette outshot Nebraska, 9-6. Part of that might be just Nebraska parking the bus a bit, as the Golden Eagles had a 3-1 lead on shots in the second half.
Freshman keeper Maddy Henry made one save in her collegiate debut, which came in the 75th minute. Marquette played without Darian Powell and Jamie Kutey, both of whom are dealing with injuries. Powell led Marquette in goals each of the last two seasons, while Kutey showed sparks of being a major offensive threat as a freshman. If they’re going to miss a lot of time, MU is going to need to find ways to shore up both the offense and the defense to earn wins.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles travel southeast to face Kansas on Sunday night. That match, which starts at 7pm Central, will be televised on ESPN3/WatchESPN. The Jayhawks started their season with a 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Friday night.