Oct. 7, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – UConn junior Jennifer Skogerboe gave the Huskies a 1-1 tie against No. 20 Marquette at Morrone Stadium on Sunday afternoon when she successfully put the ball in the back of the net on her 62:01 penalty kick. With two games remaining in the regular season the Huskies are now 7-6-2 and 3-4-1 in the BIG EAST, while Marquette moves to 10-2-2 and 7-0-1 in league action.
This was a critical conference matchup for the Huskies and freshman keeper Jess Montrose did not disappoint as she finished the afternoon with 10 saves and just one goal allowed against the Marquette squad who averages 2.85 goals per game. Montrose, starting in only her second collegiate contest, is now 0-1-1. Golden Eagle goalie Amanda Engel stopped six Connecticut shots on goal and is now 7-0-1 on the season.
The Golden Eagles headed into halftime with a 1-0 edge over the Huskies after Mary Luba connected on a cross from Maegan Kelly 37:27 minutes into regulation. Luba scored from the right inside of the box after Kelly crossed from the far end of the field.
Connecticut, outshooting Marquette 6-5 in the first 45 minutes, had a few chances to score but Engel was able to stop two attempts. Freshman Sam McGuire gave UConn its best chance of scoring in the first half when she just missed the upper left corner of the net at the 24 minute mark on a cross from Danielle Schulmann from the far left side of the field.
Senior captains Danielle Dakin and Karen Gurnon led the strong Husky defense the entire game as each made key stops and blocks for UConn, including Gurnon blocking a Maegan Kelly laser headed for the empty net early in the second period.
Gurnon was active in all aspects of Sunday’s game as she drilled the ball from 40 yards out with 39 minutes remaining in the contest only to watch it be punched away from the net by Engel. The Huskies looked like they would have another shot with the ball bouncing around in front of the goal before the Golden Eagles successfully cleared the ball.
With the game even at 1-1 following Skogerboe’s penalty kick, the Marquette offense kicked it into high gear but the UConn backline did not fold with both Charno and Dakin blocking shots for the Huskies. The Golden Eagles ended the afternoon outshooting Connecticut 25-17. It was the first time in three games that the Huskies were outshot by their opponent.
Devin Prendergast looked like she might give the Huskies the win on a rocket from 40 yards out that sailed above Engel’s fingertips but ricocheted off the crossbar to force the game into overtime.
Both teams came up empty in the physical two overtime periods to finalize the game at 1-1 draw.
The Huskies face their final road opponent of the regular season on Thursday, October 11 when they travel to Pitt for a 7 p.m. game.