Aug. 23, 2009
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MALIBU, Calif. - The Marquette women's soccer team (0-1) couldn't hold on to an early 1-0 lead and fell in overtime, 2-1, at Pepperdine (1-0) Sunday afternoon in Malibu, Calif.
"Today was a disappointing result and performance," said head coach Markus Roerders. "Give Pepperdine credit for making a comeback, but we know our team is not happy with how we performed throughout the game today. Our quick start that resulted in a goal was outstanding, but we lacked consistency throughout. We worked hard without getting into a flow or taking advantage of what we created. Our team is better than this and I am certain we will rebound. They have shown some great soccer over the past few weeks, so now we will regroup and get ready for next weekend. As we always say, a season is a marathon and despite the start, we can still win it."
Sophomore Lindsey Page was credited with MU's lone goal early in the first half, while Michelle Spacciapolli and Sophia Medina each scored for the Waves.
Page, who started her first career game, got Marquette on the board just over two minutes into the game. Classmate Rachael Sloan sent a cross in front of the goal mouth right to Page of one timed the ball to the far post past Pepperdine keeper Roxanne Barker. Page's goal marked the first of her career at Marquette.
The Golden Eagles launched eight more shots, two on goal, before the Waves tallied the equalizer in 75th minute when Spacciapolli sent her shot to the far upper corner out of reach for Marquette goalkeeper Natalie Kulla.
Following the game-tying strike Marquette furiously tried to decide the game in regulation, but was unable to find the back of the net. Senior Becky Ryan had a nice opportunity in the 83rd minute, but her shot was blocked, while sophomore Danielle Martens' and freshman Ally Miller's attempts went wide.
Seven minutes and 46 seconds into overtime (97:46), Medina unassisted strike in side the box was all the Waves needed to earn their first win of the season. Marquette was unable to generate its offense with junior Rosie Malone-Povolny tallying MU's only shot attempt, which went wide in the 97th minute.
For the game, Pepperdine outshot Marquette 17-13, including an 8-5 shots on goal differential. Kulla made six stops, while Barker tallied four saves.
The Golden Eagles will be back in action Friday, Aug. 28 at Valley Fields for their home opener against Rice at 7:30 p.m.