No. 12/6 Marquette Falls at Duke, 5-2
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 12/6 Marquette women's soccer team (3-2-1) concluded the Duke/Nike Classic on Sunday afternoon with a 5-2 loss to No. 6/4 Duke (6-1-0). The Golden Eagles were shutout of the first period, but returned in the second to post two goals.
"It was a good learning weekend for us and our team," head coach Markus Roeders said. "Duke was very efficient in finishing their chances and we were much closer to scoring a third or fourth goal than the score indicates. It is hard to believe that we had more of the play in the second half, allowing three goals doesn't indicate it. I absolutely loved our fighting spirit in the last 25 minutes, it would have been easy to lower our heads and give up, but that isn't the mentality we have and it never will be. Now it's time to focus on Pittsburgh and Big East play next Thursday. This team will be ready to start the new chapter in league play."
In the 17th minute Duke scored its first goal with a ball from the right side. The Blue Devils recorded their second goal in the 36th minute with a shot from the left to go up 2-0.
Duke went up 3-0 after a penalty kick sailed into the back of the net in the 69th minute and followed with a fourth goal just 18 seconds later.
The Golden Eagles came storming back as junior Kate Reigle scored on an assist from classmate Cara Jacobson in the 73rd minute. Jacobson had a shot blocked prior to dishing out the assist. It was Reigle's second goal of the season.
Junior Taylor Madigan scored on an assist from Reigle in the 76th minute on a left foot shot into the left corner of the goal. It was also Madigan's second goal this season and MU trailed 4-2.
The Blue Devils increased their lead to 5-2 with a goal in the 79th minute.
MU had a corner kick and a shot in the final seven minutes of play, but could not connect with the back of the net.
The Golden Eagles were out-shot 14-7 in the match and took three corner kicks.
The Golden Eagles will look to get back to winning ways and open BIG EAST play at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 13. Kick-off is set for 6:00 p.m. CT.