Panthers Fight Back For Draw At Marquette
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Sept. 8, 2010) - Keara Thompson scored a goal in her third-straight match to lead the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team to a 1-1 draw at Marquette Wednesday evening at Valley Field.
The Panthers (2-2-2) conceded a first-half goal to the host Golden Eagles (3-2-2), but fought back to tie the game on Thompson's score in the 71st minute.
"We're disappointed we didn't get the win. We were inches away, but their keeper made a great save," UWM head coach Michael Moynihan said. "The chances that both teams had, I thought, were pretty even and could have gone either way. It was an emotional game for both teams and a lot of fun."
Nicole Sperl began the equalizing play with a free kick just inside the midfield stripe. She lofted her serve into the penalty area to the far post where Sarah Hagen was able to flick the ball across the goal mouth. Thompson beat MU keeper Natalie Kulla to the ball and put the ball into the back of the net to make it 1-1.
Regulation then ended in a deadlock and the Panthers generated the best scoring chance in extra time. Midway through the first overtime, Makenzie Gillaspie sent an outlet pass over the MU defense that Hagen was able to chip over the keeper with her head from well outside the 18-yard box. Kulla was able to track back on the ball and head it off the cross bar.
The Marquette defense was successful in disrupting the Panther offense for much of the night, but Milwaukee put forth a strong defensive effort of its own. The Golden Eagles forged a deceiving 27-7 shot advantage, setting for uncontested shots from outside the penalty area.
MU also forced six more corner kicks in the game (9-3), scoring its goal on a corner midway through the first half. Lauren Thut took the corner and Ally Miller got a head on it from the far post and finished at the near post.
Leslie Deebach made 11 saves in goal for UWM, including a pair of spectacular stops in the first half. Kulla's only save of the game was Hagen's header.
Milwaukee returns to action Sunday with a second-straight game against an in-state foe, traveling to Madison to take on Wisconsin. The Panthers and Badgers kick off at 1 p.m. in a contest that was originally scheduled for a night game in Milwaukee.