Three-peat! No. 5 MU Wins a Share of Third Straight American Division Title

Oct. 22, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - Behind goals from sophomores Taylor Madigan and Kate Reigle, the No. 5/10 Marquette University women's soccer team shut out USF, 2-0, to earn a share of their third straight BIG EAST American Division Championship Saturday evening at Valley Fields.

The win is the Golden Eagles' ninth straight to improve to 17-2-0 overall and finish BIG EAST Conference play with a 10-1-0 mark.

Due to the head-to-head tie breaker with West Virginia, Marquette earns the No. 2 American Division seed and will host No. 3 National Division seed Notre Dame on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Valley Fields in the Quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m.

After a fast and furious attacking start to the match, the Golden Eagles capitalized in the 25th minute. Senior Lindsey Page sent in a low cross that was deflected by Nicole McClure right into the path of Madigan. Madigan sent her shot low past Nicole McClure for the first goal of the evening.

Marquette came out with that same aggressive attack in the second half looking for an insurance goal, and got exactly that in the 68th minute. Cara Jacobsonblasted a beautiful cross into the box from the left wing that found the foot of Reigle. Reigle finished her shot low to the far corner out of reach for McClure to make it 2-0.

Marquette dominated the match and had plenty scoring opportunities, while owning a 14-1 shots on goal advantage. Senior goalkeeper Natalie Kullamade one save to earn her 10th clean sheet of the season.

Prior to the match, Marquette honored seniors Natalie Kulla, Lindsey Page, and Kerry McBride, as the trio played their final regular season home match.

Game Notes
• Golden Eagles win a share of their third straight American Division Title. The title is MU's seventh overall. Marquette has won regular season conference championships in 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
• Marquette finishes the regular season with a 17-2-0 overall mark and a 10-1-0 BIG EAST record. The 17 wins are the most in regular season play and the third most overall in program history.
• The Golden Eagles push their home unbeaten streak to 19 games. Marquette is 11-0-0 at Valley Fields this season.
• It is the 13th time this season MU has scored two or more goals. Marquette is 13-0-0 in those contests.
• Marquette is 13-3-1 all-time against the Bulls.
Natalie Kulla earned her 10th shutout of the season and 42nd of her career. Kulla stands second on the NCAA all-time career shutouts list. She is three shutouts shy of breaking the record (44). Kulla also earned her 57th career win.




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