HILLSBORO, Ore. — The Portland State women's soccer team led No. 14 Marquette 1-0 late Sunday, only to see three Marquette goals in the final 12 minutes spoil their upset bid as the Golden Eagles beat the Vikings, 3-2, in front of 242 fans at Hillsboro Stadium.
Portland State (0-2-0) had led 1-0 since sophomore Emma Cooney scored on an assist from freshman Aurora Bodenhamer in the 52nd minute, but Marquette's late scoring barrage flipped the match in a hurry. Marquette (1-1-0) equalized in the 79th minute, when senior Taylor Madigan headed in a cross to the far post from fellow senior Cara Jacobson. Senior Maegan Kelly then converted a penalty kick in the 81st minute to put the Golden Eagles up 2-1 less than two minutes after they trailed 1-0.
The Golden Eagles added a third goal in the 88th minute, as they took advantage of a late player advantage over the Vikings. Kelly's penalty kick came after PSU junior defender Kelsey Henningsen was sent off for a hard foul to the box, and the Vikings lost another player in the 83rd minute, when junior forward Kayla Henningsen received her second yellow of the match, leaving the Vikings to play nine versus 11. Consequently, the Vikings' depleted backline had trouble handling a long build up between MU's Mady Vicker and Kelly late in the match. Kelly made a long run with the ball up the middle, drawing the PSU defense to her before passing to Vicker on the right post. Vicker squeezed a ball by PSU goalkeeper Caitlin Plese on the near side from there to extend the Golden Eagles' lead to 3-1.
PSU cut the deficit with a second goal four seconds before the end of regulation, but Marquette's late scoring had sealed the match by then. Sophomore midfielder Cori Bianchini scored the late goal for the Viks, after Melissa Bishop sent her the ball amid a scrum in front of the goal.
The Golden Eagles' late comeback put a sour end on what had been a good defensive match for the Vikings up until that point. Marquette outshot the Vikings 26-6 in the match—including a 17-3 advantage in the second half—but was kept out of the net thanks to stingy defense from Plese and the Viks' backline.
Plese single-handedly kept Marquette off the scoreboard in the 57th minute, when she saved a penalty kick from Kate Reigle. That save was one of nine in the match for Plese, the most saves in a match by a PSU goalkeeper since Lainey Hulsizer recorded 14 saves against Sacramento State on Sept. 30, 2011.
The Vikings return to action next weekend, as they participate in the UNLV Tournament Friday, Aug. 30 and Sunday, Sept. 1. The Viks will open play against host UNLV Friday, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Match Notes: PSU head coach Laura Schott falls to 0-6-0 against ranked opponents in her tenure at Portland State with Sunday's loss…Plese and Bodenhamer each earned their first career starts in the match…Cooney's goal was the first in her career at Portland State, while Bodenhamer's assist was her first career assist...Freshmen Kristin Moyer and Abbey Bergquisteach earned their second straight starts to open the season, the only freshmen on the team to do so…All eight of the Vikings' freshmen who suited up played in the match.