Nov. 10, 1999
Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri women's soccer team was defeated Wednesday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament by Marquette, 3-2 in four overtimes. The match, which was the longest in both programs' history, was decided in the 142nd minute when Marquette's Amy Hnatow scored her first career goal. Missouri's season, its most successful in history, ends with a 14-8-1 record, Marquette moves on with a 16-6-2 mark. They will travel to Clemson Univesity for a second round match on Saturday. Missouri junior All-Big 12 forward Nikki Thole scored both MU's goals. She ended the season with a school-record 23 goals.
"I feel sad for our seniors who founded this program," Missouri Head Coach Bryan Blitz said afterward. "But I am so proud of what we have accomplished especially with the adversity this team has had to overcome. I have never seen a chemistry within a team like what I saw from our team this season."
After 35 minutes of scoreless play, Marquete got on the board with a score from Kate Gordon, her nineth goal of the season. The score stayed 1-0 at halftime before Marquete added its second goal in the 54th minute. Erin Morgan netted her eighth of the season on a pass from Lannette Rossini and Marquette led the Tigers 2-0.
Just over two minutes later, Nikki Thole put MU on the scorebaord when she knocked home a goalie deflection with a soft headshot. Thole's 22nd of the season got Missouri back in the match and reenergize the Tigers.
After she was hauled down in the penalty boz, Thole scored the equalizer on a penalty kick that beat Marquette's goalkeeper low right. From that point on nearly a full match was played before the next goal was scored.
Three full overtimes, and most of the day's sunlight, came and went with the team's trading opportunities in the extra periods. At 141:13, Hnatow placed a shot over Missouri goalkeeper Jackie Adamec's head from the right side and Marquette had the victory.
Missouri finished the 1999 campaign 14-8-1 advancing to the program's first NCAA Tournament in just its fourth season of play.