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Overtime Not The Answer Against UW-Milwaukee

Or was it? We may never know.

Maddy Henry
Maddy Henry kept Marquette alive on Sunday night, but it wasn’t enough for a win.
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Let’s turn to the official GoMarquette.com recap of the Marquette women’s soccer 1-0 double overtime loss to Milwaukee on Sunday night on the east side of Milwaukee.

Goalkeeper Maddy Henry made six saves for the Golden Eagles (2-5-0) and appeared to have the ball off a Gaby Schwartz corner kick. But [Mackenzie] Schill was able to get her leg on the ball to beat Henry at the near post.

That’s an interesting way to phrase that. Let’s go to the Marquette Wire recap, shall we?

Henry seemed to have saved the shot, but the head official said otherwise, allowing Schill to kick the ball out of the reach of Henry.

Players were visibly upset at the officials following the controversial call.

Huh. How about the official UWMPanthers.com recap?

Gaby Schwartz sent the corner kick in front of goal, seeing it get knocked down in front. Julia Barajas kept the ball alive, finding McKaela Schmelzer at the post. The keeper saved Schmelzer’s attempt, with the ricochet bouncing right to Schill, who redirected it into the back of the net to set off the team celebration on the field.

Well then. We have to tip our cap to the UWM athletic department, because they went ahead and put a recap video package up on YouTube anyway. The corner kick in question begins at the 2:04 mark of the video.

Now, yeah, it’s a crummy camera angle given the distance. However, if you want to tell me that the ball was kicked out of Maddy Henry’s hands, I’ll believe you. I’ll also believe you if you tell me that the ball was kicked away from her a split second before she had proper control of it.

Here’s the thing about all of this, though: Whether or not UWM deserved a goal in that exact instance doesn’t particularly matter, because the long view of the 105 minutes of action was that Marquette was doing a hellacious job fending off the Panthers. The possibility that UWM was going to slip a goal through and past Henry was building the longer the match went on.

Milwaukee outshot Marquette 20-9 in the match, including a 15-8 advantage in regulation and a 5-1 advantage in extra time. The Panthers packed three shots, including the game winner, into the 4:26 that was actually played in the second overtime session.

The Panthers had nine corner kicks in the match against none for Marquette. Four of those corners came in extra time, and three of those were in the second period.

This wasn’t “oh, how did Milwaukee manage to sneak that through,” it was “hey, look, that battering ram knocked down that door.” That’s largely been the story of the Marquette season, as Henry has provided save after save to keep opponents scoreless much longer than perhaps their offensive efforts deserved.

Marquette is now 2-5-0 on the season, and that includes a 1-2-0 record in overtime matches.

Up Next: There’s one final weekend of non-conference action for the Golden Eagles to polish up their record and tighten up their overall play. However, that’s not all good news. Northern Illinois will be at Valley Fields on Friday evening in the front end of a double-header with the MU men’s team. The Huskies are 1-3-1 on the year. In Sunday’s match, it’s Colorado State coming into Milwaukee with a record of 4-1-1. One of those four wins, their first one in fact, was against Marquette back in August, as the two sides are playing a rare home-and home. The Rams got the 2-0 win while outshooting MU 18-7 with a whopping 12 shots on goal.