No. 8/9 Marquette Shuts Out Pittsburgh in BIG EAST Lidlifter
Sept. 15, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The No. 8/9 Marquette University women's soccer team opened BIG EAST Conference action Thursday evening with a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh at Valley Fields. Maegan Kelly, Lindsey Page and Kate Reigleall registered goals in the Golden Eagles fourth straight win.
Marquette improves to 8-1-0, 1-0-0 in BIG EAST play, while Pittsburgh drops to 1-6-2, 0-1-0 on the season.
MU put the pressure on the Panthers early in the match, launching three shots on net and one off the post before Kelly scored the first goal with a low shot to the near post at the 25:54 mark of the first half. It was Kelly's ninth goal of the season.
It didn't take Marquette long to find the back of the net for the second time in the first half following Kelly's strike. In the 32nd minute, Page received a pass at the top of the box from Emily Jacobson and took a couple of dribbles before sending her shot to the top shelf past Pittsburgh's Kirstina Rioux from 15 yards out.
Marquette tallied 14 of its 18 shots in the first half of play.
Marquette's third goal came at the 62:07 mark when Ashley Stemmeler sent in a long cross finding Reigle at the far post, who finished the play with a header to the back of the net for her second goal of the season.
Defenders Kerry McBride and Ally Miller held a strong back line for the Golden Eagles in the match, limiting the Panthers' offensive attack to two shots on goal. Goalkeeper Natalie Kulla tallied her fourth shutout of the season.
Marquette will hit the road to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on the Mountaineers on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT.
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