Golden Eagles Advance To BIG EAST Championship Semifinals
Oct. 28, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The No. 16/12 Marquette University women's soccer team tallied a pair of goals in each half to beat Connecticut 4-1 Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields in the quarterfinals of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship. The win sends Marquette to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals for the sixth time in program history.
The Golden Eagles will meet Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 2 at Monroe Stadium in Storrs, Conn. at 3 p.m. Central Time. CBS Sports Network will provide coverage of both semifinal matches.
Marquette (14-2-2) received goals from juniors Vanessa Legault-Cordisco and Maegan Kelly, senior Rachael Sloan and an own goal. The Huskies' (9-8-2) lone tally came in the 84th minute from senior Danielle Schulmann.
MU dominated possession early, keeping the ball in the Huskies' back third for the majority of the first half.
The continuous offensive pressure finally led to a MU goal in the 27th minute. A loose ball in the Huskies' box was deflected and headed by Connecticut into their own net, putting Marquette up 1-0. Just three minutes later, Marquette added to its lead when Kelly connected on a pass to Legault-Cordisco, who beat the keeper to the near post. Both of MU's first half goals came following corner kicks.
The Marquette scoring trend continued in the second half. After a series of passes, Taylor Madigan launched a shot on net that was turned away by Huskies' goal keeper Jessica Montrose. Kelly was there to finish off the rebounded shot at the 55:18 mark and give MU a 3-0 lead. The goal was Kelly's eighth of the campaign.
The Golden Eagles' final goal of the afternoon came in the 67th minute when Madigan sent a through ball to a Sloan, who was streaking down the sideline. Sloan took a few dribbles and buried a shot to the near post.
Marquette's defensive play was a bright spot in the win, holding the Huskies to just six shots. Marquette launched 20 shots in the game, with 12 of those being on net.
The appearance in the semifinals is MU's first since 2010, and will be the sixth time that the Golden Eagles and Notre Dame have met in postseason conference play. The Fighting Irish knocked Marquette out of the 2011 BIG EAST Championships with a 1-0 victory at Valley Fields last season.