No. 8/9 Marquette Shuts Out Pittsburgh in BIG EAST Lidlifter

Kate Reigle scored MU's third goal in the win

Sept. 15, 2011

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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.

Game Notes
• Marquette has won its last 16 BIG EAST Conference regular season games and has gone unbeaten in a program-best 19 dating back to 2009.
• With the win, Marquette pushes its home unbeaten streak to 14 games.
• Marquette moves to 6-0-1 over the Panthers.
• The three goals Marquette scored are the most against Pittsburgh in program history.
Maegan Kelly scored her team-high and league-leading ninth goal of the season. It was also her fourth game-winner of the season, seventh of her career to move into a tie for seventh on the all-time game-winning goals list.
• Kelly's 16 career goals are tied for 10th on MU's all-time goals list with Ashley Spakowitz.
Natalie Kulla earned her 48th career win and her 36th career shutout to move to a tie for third place on the NCAA career shutouts list.
• Kulla stopped two shots and improved her career saves total to 192 - fifth all-time.




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