The final score was Marquette 2, Illinois State 1, but that doesn’t come nearly close enough to explaining the tomfoolery that happened in this game.
Marquette got their first goal on an Olympico from freshman Emily Hess in the fifth minute of the game, except for a moment, no one was really sure the ball was in the net. At least one of the officials saw what I saw, namely an ISU defender headed the ball away from the net while standing behind the goal line, and thus they ruled that Hess’ kick had crossed the line.
Not a great angle, but here's a look at the goal from Emily Hess that gave MU an early 1-0 lead. pic.twitter.com/qDWUBK8ULn— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MUWomensSoccer) August 26, 2016
Before the game was even 10 minutes old, the Redbirds had a goal wiped away by some odd refereeing. ISU took a free kick from 35 yards out, and the ball ended up in the net. Why did it end up there? Well, because the referee blew his whistle as play was starting, so Marquette stopped playing and ISU kicked it in the net. It was an inadvertent whistle, but that doesn’t mean that the Golden Eagles didn’t treat it like a real one. ISU got a do-over, but goalkeeper Maddy Henry scooped up the ball on the ensuing play.
In the 23rd minute, Illinois State leveled the match at one, but the Redbirds are still without a goal credited to a player after 270 minutes of soccer this season. Kiley Czerwinski sent a cross into the box and Henry was tracking the ball just fine...... right up until it clanked off of a stationary Cali Pyzdrowski and deflected far to Henry’s right where she had no chance of stopping it. That’s an own goal officially, but it still evened things at one each.
Less than two minutes after that, Marquette appeared to have retaken the lead on a goal by Carrie Madden. The assistant referee’s arm and flag was in the air, though, as the play was ruled offsides. This all happened in the first 25 minutes of the match.
Pyzdrowski got a chance to make up for that unfortunate deflection in the second half. As the game progressed, things started to appear to be tilting towards the Golden Eagles’ favor even though the Redbirds ended up with a shooting advantage in the second half. Marquette had a 5-0 advantage on corner kicks after halftime, though, and it was a 78th minute corner by Pyzdrowski that found Darian Powell out in front of the net. Really, it might have been Powell finding just enough space to deflect the ball into the net to score her first goal of the season and give Marquette a game winner for the first time this season.
It was a big outing for Powell, who is recovering from offseason ankle surgery. She missed the opener completely, then played just 11 minutes split up at the end of each half against Kansas. She came on in the 40th minute in this game, just like against Kansas, but then she started the second half and played 34 minutes. You’ll notice that we mentioned things tilting in Marquette’s favor in the second half, and it’s quite obvious that this was a result of MU getting their striker out on the pitch for a large swath of the game.
Henry made three saves to pick up her first career win, and earned praise from the ESPN3 announcing crew on a regular basis for her obvious athleticism when making plays on the ball off her line.
Up Next: Marquette returns to Milwaukee for their first home match of the season when they host Michigan on Sunday afternoon at 1pm. The Wolverines are 2-0-1 on the season after three home contests, including a victory over #12 Notre Dame on Thursday night.