Marquette tops Xavier, 3-0, in BIG EAST quarters
Oct. 29, 2017
MILWAUKEE – Eli Beard scored twice and Carrie Madden notched a pair of assists as the Marquette University women’s soccer team knocked off Xavier, 3-0, on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championship.
The fourth-seeded Golden Eagles (13-6-1) advance to the tournament semifinals, in which they will face top-seeded Georgetown in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. Central time. MU notched its 12th shutout of the year in the win, while Marquette goalkeeper Maddy Henry made two saves for her 10th clean sheet.
Freshman forward Kylie Sprecher got the Golden Eagles on the board first in the 11th minute and nearly tallied another at the 14 minute mark on a shot barely deflected by Xavier keeper Toni Bizzarro. Off an error by a Musketeer, Sprecher found herself all alone in front of the net before Bizzarro made the save. Sprecher’s goal came at the left post off a great cross from Carrie Madden into the box. Madden found Sprecher from 30 yards before the freshman headed the ball back across the net over Bizzarro.
MU’s second goal came in the 51st minute as Beard buried a volley under the crossbar off a feed across the box from Madden. Fink threaded a ball up the left flank to Madden who crossed it through the box to Beard.
Her second tally of the afternoon came off a cross from Jamie Kutey at the penalty spot from the opposite flank in the 71st minute.
Henry also came up big in the 42nd minute on a turnover in the midfield that led to a shot from the top of the box by Courtney Lankford. The Golden Eagles limited the Musketeers’ chances all game, holding them to just two shots on net.
The Musketeers end their season at 8-8-4 overall.
Marquette has defeated Xavier in all seven meetings in the all-time series, and all but one of those have come since XU joined the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 campaign. Graduate forward Darian Powell, who currently sits second on MU with 14 points, tallied an overtime winner in the matchup between the two squads on Saturday, Oct. 14 at a rain-soaked Valley Fields.
MU has reached the league’s semifinals in 10 of its 13 seasons as conference members and has advanced to four league championship matches.
The winner of Thursday’s semifinal between MU and GU will advance to the league title match on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the home venue of the highest remaining seed. Marquette dropped its regular season contest at Georgetown 3-0 earlier this year.
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