Sept. 21, 2013
MILWAUKEE - A penalty kick from senior Maegan Kelly in the 104th minute gave the Marquette University women's soccer team (6-3) a 3-2 victory over the Louisville Cardinals in a double-overtime thriller at Valley Fields on Saturday night.
Junior Mary Luba helped set up the play which led to the penalty kick as Louisville (4-3-1) was called for a handball inside the box. Kelly's shot sank into the back right corner of the net giving the Golden Eagles the victory in the 104th minute.
There was a flurry of chances for the MU in the first half, but senior midfielder Cara Jacobson recorded the only shot on goal for the half when the she forced a Louisville turnover, created space and fired from about 15 feet out, but the Cardinals' goalkeeper kept the ball from getting through.
Marquette broke the scoreless drought when Kelly headed a service from fellow senior Vanessa Legault-Cordisco at the 52:51 mark of the second half.
MU extended its lead when Jacobson and junior Kate Reigle assisted Luba at the 57:04 mark of the second half. After a scramble in front, Reigle flicked on a feed from Jacobson that found the foot of Luba for her third goal of the season.
Louisville cut the lead in half when Charlyn Corral caught a rebound off Marquette's goalkeeper Amanda Engel and found the back of the net from about 15 feet from the net.
The Cardinals evened the score at 2-2, when Christine Exeter assisted Casey Whitfield with a long shot from 23 feet outside the box straight into the center of the net.
In the first overtime period the Golden Eagles dominated possession of the ball, but recorded just one shot. Louisville was fighting for possession in the second overtime before Kelly's penalty kick ended the game.
The Cardinals outshot MU by a narrow margin of 16-15 and also held a slight six to five shots on goal advantage. The Golden Eagles took five corner kicks in the game.
Engel earned her sixth victory of the season as she recorded four saves in a complete game.
With the win, Marquette has extended its unbeaten streak at Valley Fields to 16 games. The Golden Eagles have not lost at home since Oct. 30, 2011.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Golden Eagles as they return to action Monday, Sept. 23 at crosstown foe, Milwaukee, at Engelmann Field. Kick-off is slated for 7 p.m.