No. 8/9 Marquette Falls at West Virginia, 3-1

Mary Luba

Sept. 18, 2011

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The No. 8/9 Marquette University women's soccer team was handed its first regular season BIG EAST Conference loss since the 2009 season Sunday afternoon as it fell 3-1 to West Virginia at Dick Dlesk Stadium. Freshman Mary Lubascored Marquette's lone goal in the 82nd minute.

The loss ends Marquette's (8-2-0, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) four-game win streak, while West Virginia wins its fourth straight game and improves to 6-3-0, 2-0-0.

The loss ends Marquette's (8-2-0, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) four-game win streak, while West Virginia improves to 6-3-0, 2-0-0.

"A disappointing result and an incomplete performance by us," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Give WVU credit for coming out strong and getting after it from the start. We made some changes and they seemed to work well for a while, but the goal right before half was a setback. Overall, WVU battled harder today and deserves the result. It is a reminder that every BIG EAST game is a fight and being on the road is that much more difficult. We will learn from this and be better prepared for Thursday night."

The two teams were scoreless for most of the first half until Blake Miller got the Mountaineers on the board in the 42nd minute.

West Virginia made it 2-0 early in the second half when Kate Schwindel found the back of the net at the 45:50 mark.

"Unfortunately, the dagger came right after halftime with a quick second goal and it was an uphill battle from there. We had some decent play but it also exposed us for counters and that's how they subsequently scored their third. Glad we pushed hard at the end and didn't give up so to score one is something to build on for next week," said Roeders.

The Golden Eagles tried to mount a comeback following WVU's second strike and recorded two shots over the next two minutes that were blocked. Taylor Madigan also put a shot on target that was saved in the 54th minute.


 

 

The Mountaineers scored their third and final goal of the game in the 82nd minute. The Golden Eagles were caught in transition and Frances Silva finished her shot from 16 yards out.

Luba scored with just over three minutes left to play. Katie Hishmeh served in the ball and Luba kept WVU's goalkeeper, Sara Keane, from controlling the ball and knocked it in for the score at the 86:56 mark.

For the game, West Virginia owned the shots advantage, 16-9. Goalkeeper Natalie Kulla made a season-high five saves.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action Thursday, Sept. 22 when they take on DePaul at Valley Fields. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Game Notes
• Marquette's 16-game BIG EAST Conference regular season win streak came to an end with the loss as well as its 19-game conference game unbeaten streak.
• Marquette is 56-14-8 all-time in BIG EAST Conference play.
• Marquette is 2-6-0 all-time against the Mountaineers.
• The three goals Marquette allowed are the most given up against the Mountaineers in series history.
• Kulla stopped a season-high five shots and improved her career saves mark to 197 - fifth all-time.

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