Marquette fought back from allowing a penalty kick early in the second half and held on through two overtime sessions to earn a 1-1 draw with #22 Santa Clara on Thursday night.
Go figure, it was freshman Emily Hess making the service on a free kick that turned into Marquette’s lone goal in the 64th minute. I have to make mention of this because officially, Hess did not get credit for an assist here. Molly Pfeiffer did, though, as she headed the ball back towards the middle where senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt was there to head it home for her second goal in as many games. I’m glad I’m not Santa Clara head coach Jerry Smith, because he has to be asking himself why he switched out sophomore keeper Melissa Lowder at halftime for freshman Courtney Ogren, who made her first collegiate appearance in this game.
Santa Clara struck first in the 54th minute after MU’s Erin Holland was whistled for a foul in the box. The Broncos were issued a penalty kick, and senior midfielder Jordan Jesolva went the other way on a diving Maddy Henry to give SCU a 1-0 lead at that juncture.
The two teams ended up tied in shots at the end of the game, thanks to the Golden Eagles carrying a 3-1 advantage in that department in the 20 minutes of extra time. Both teams made four saves in regulation, but only Marquette’s Liz Bartels was able to put a ball on frame in overtime.
Up Next: Marquette stays out in the Bay Area until Sunday, when they’ll face #2 Stanford. The Cardinal scored twice in the first 12 minutes in a 2-1 win over Wisconsin on Thursday night to move to 4-0-0 on the season. Match time is set for 3pm Central.