PONTIAC, MICH. – In a scrappy battle with local rival Marygrove, the women's soccer team dropped a heartbreaker in the final minutes of the game, taking the record to 5-3 on the season.
At 23:44, the Mustangs took a 1-0 lead, which held through the end of the half. Despite a physical first half from both teams, the Warriors tallied just 2 shots on goal during the first 45 minutes of play.
The second half saw more gritty action. With 19:36 left on the clock, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Littmann (Oxford, Mich/Oxford) netted the equalizer on an assist from freshman Jessica Fill (Flint, Mich./Faithway Christian).
At 8:11, the crows exploded when it seemed as if the Warriors had scored the go-ahead with a header from Jessica Penny. Mar;ygrove coaches contested the validity of the goal and ultimately the officials waived it off, keeping the game knotted at one.
Less than three minutes were left in the game when Marygrove capitalized on a defensive miscommunication to put away the game. In the last two seasons, the Warriors have gone 0-4-1 against the Mustangs in some of the best matchups of each campaign.
Freshman goalie Miranda Viaene collected four saves in the loss.
Rochester suits up again on Saturday in a home game against Huntington University. Kickoff is set for 4:30 p.m. at Ultimate Soccer Arena in Pontiac, Mich.