Carrie Madden scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 84th minute on Friday night to give Marquette a 3-2 win over Cal Poly. The win moves the Golden Eagles to 3-4-2 on the season as MU wins their first match in the 2016 Marquette Invitational.
Things were looking like they were going to overtime after Cal Poly had rallied to wipe out a 2-0 Marquette halftime lead. Marquette got a big push down the field right after head coach Markus Roeders subbed Liz Bartels, Molly Pfeiffer, and Madden back into the match, and all three women participated in the action leading to Madden’s game winner. Bartels made the big pass, Pfeiffer turned it into a 1 on 1 with Cal Poly’s keeper, and Madden rushed in to clean up at the net.
Madden’s goal wiped away any worries about the fate of two second half penalty kicks that tilted the match away from Marquette for a brief moment. Liz Bartels pushed a penalty kick wide in the 63rd minute with the Golden Eagles leading 2-1, and less than three minutes later, Caitlyn Kreutz scored on a PK for Cal Poly to equalize the match at two. MU keeper Maddy Henry made the initial save on the penalty, but she only deflected it instead of being able to grab it. The deflection created some nasty backspin on the ball, and it hopped into the net.
The Kreutz goal was the second of the half for Cal Poly after Lexi Maretti had sent one home in the 49th minute. Maretti’s header on a corner kick was a bit of payback for Marquette’s first two goals of the game, both of which came off set pieces. Molly Pfeiffer got MU on the board in the 18th minute with a header off a Leah Celarek corner kick, and Erin Holland got free in the middle for a header of her own coming off a free kick in the 34th minute wide to the right of the Mustangs’ net.
Up Next: Marquette looks to wrap up the Marquette Invitational title when they return to the Valley on Sunday afternoon against Cal State Northridge. The Matadors set a new school record with their sixth consecutive shutout on Friday afternoon when they defeated Loyola-Chicago 2-0 at Valley Fields.