Panthers Scrape To A Tie With Northwestern
Oct. 25, 2002
EVANSTON, Ill. - Amber Jelenik scored on a penalty kick just three minutes after the half to give the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team a 1-1 draw at Northwestern Friday afternoon.
"It was a pretty hard-fought game," head coach Michael Moynihan said. "We had a couple of really good chances toward the end, but we just couldn't convert."
Northwestern opened the scoring in the 31st minute, when Kate Ghidinelli rifled a shot from 18 yards out to the lower left corner of the goal past senior goalkeeper Mary Duffy.
Milwaukee came out with increased intensity early in the second half, forcing the play deep into the Wildcat end. A throw-in header flick was handled by a NU defender, giving UWM a penalty kick just over three minutes into the second stanza, which Jelenik converted past NU goalkeeper Susie McCreery to draw the Panthers even.
The Panthers had several chances in the final minute of regulation to end the match. The best chance, a bicycle kick by Liz Chudy, sailed wide of the net.
UWM had one of the best chances with six minutes left in the second overtime, as Jelenik played a ball down the sideline to senior Katie Kubacki. Kubacki's cross into the middle deflected off senior Amy Oechsner's leg before being smothered by McCreery. Sara Lewis nearly nailed the clincher with a minute remaining, but her shot also sailed wide right.
"I thought we played too conservative early in the game," Moynihan said. "As the game went on, though, we got more chances, and we were making more penetrating runs, and that evened the game out."
The Panthers return to action on Sunday with a late-afternoon game at Marquette. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. at Marquette's Valley Fields.