When Marquette women’s soccer went to Omaha earlier this season, part of their problem in the 3-0 loss to Creighton was a penalty kick goal by the Bluejays early in the second half. That gave Creighton a 2-0 lead and allowed them some breathing space to control the match the rest of the way.
A penalty kick goal by Creighton played a big part on Thursday at Valley Fields, too.
Aida Kardovic’s PK in the 38th minute leveled the match at one goal each and that led to overtime where Ansley Atkinson scored the golden goal to give Creighton a 2-1 victory over Marquette. The Golden Eagles are now 5-4-0 on the year and 3-4-0 in Big East play with just one regular season match left to go.
Marquette got on the board first in this match when Katrina Wetherell rifled this shot into the net in the 35th minute thanks to two Creighton defenders colliding and giving the Golden Eagles some free space.
GOAAAALLLL!!!!— MARQUETTE Soccer (@MarquetteWSOC) April 1, 2021
Katrina Wetherell (@bugslife24) scores her second goal of the season to put Marquette up 1-0!
35': MU - 1 | CU - 0 pic.twitter.com/q6JpLTe2iB
Marquette’s lead did not last. A foul by Madison Burrier led to Kardovic’s penalty kick in the 38th minute. She went right with the kick while MU keeper Mikki Easter guessed left, and thus things were level at one each.
41:55— Creighton Women’s Soccer (@CreightonWSoc) April 1, 2021
Here is the tying goal from Kardovic. pic.twitter.com/aVAuWIQGTn
Things stayed even from there, at least from a goals perspective. That wasn’t the case in the run of play, though, as Creighton outshot Marquette 7-4 in the first half and then 8-3 in the second. That’s kind of the general direction of how things went for the Golden Eagles in the first meeting in Omaha, but the score stayed tied instead of the Bluejays piling up goals.
With things knotted at one each, the match headed to overtime giving the Golden Eagles extra time for the second straight contest. This one didn’t last as long as the Butler match did Ansley Atkinson recorded the first shot of overtime just past the 91 minute mark with this blast to win it for the Bluejays.
The game-winning goal in overtime!! pic.twitter.com/prmzi5zjan— Creighton Women’s Soccer (@CreightonWSoc) April 1, 2021
Honestly, that’s such a great goal, you have to see the slo-mo replay.
Another Look at Atkinson's game-winning goal pic.twitter.com/U5IX1qmjdE— Creighton Women’s Soccer (@CreightonWSoc) April 1, 2021
Much like Keelan Terrell on the other end on Wetherell’s goal, there’s not much that Mikki Easter could have done to save that ball. Perfectly struck, perfectly arched into the net.
The loss drops Marquette into third place in the Big East’s Midwest Division with a winning percentage of .429 at 3-4-0. Creighton moves up to 3-3-0 on the year and a winning percentage of .500 and now holds on to one of the two Midwest Division spots for the conference tournament. It looks like Marquette is going to need help to get back into the top two......
Up Next: .... but Marquette can do some work of their own as well. The Golden Eagles will wrap up the regular season next Thursday when they visit Xavier. First kick in Cincinnati is set for 1pm Central, but the Musketeers (3-5-0, 2-3-0 Big East) will host first place Butler on Saturday before the Golden Eagles come to town.