By: Adam Purvis ~Guest Writer~
Xavier’s women’s soccer team played a drawn-out match that ended in a 0-0 tie after double-overtime against a senior-heavy team from Morehead State.
The Muskies’ defense held the Morehead State Eagles to zero, even with the Eagles getting off 16 shots.
Senior goalkeeper Katie Markesbury blocked a penalty save during the 79th minute, in order to keep the score tied while saving nine out of ten shots on goal.
These impressive saves allowed Markesbury to surpass the previous record holder (Kelcey Ervick who played 1990 to 1993) for the most saves in a career with 247 saves On the offensive side, sophomore Tori Doss kept the Eagles defense on its heels by getting off four shots, three of which were on target.
The Eagles’ goalkeeper, Elizabeth Floyd, kept the score tied at zero by saving all three of Doss’ shots, and the Eagles’ defense saved two other shots by Xavier.
The Xavier offense had a total of 11 shots with five on goal. The Muskies put up a tough fight throughout the match.
“We ran into a tough team tonight in Xavier,” Morehead State head coach Warren Lipka said in response to this extended soccer match. “That was a great college soccer match, certainly better than we saw on Sunday.”
“That is a senior-laden NCAA Tournament caliber Morehead State team that is on a great run. I was proud of the way our kids responded after a poor outing on Sunday,” Xavier head coach Woody Sherwood said.
“Now we look forward to starting Big East play on Thursday,” he said.
The Muskies will continue on with their schedule with their first conference match at 6:30 p.m. against St. John’s on Sept. 25 at Xavier. This game marks the beginning of conference play for the Musketeers.
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