No. 5/9 Marquette Falls, 1-0, in BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals 

Ashley Stemmeler

Oct. 30, 2011

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MILWAUKEE- The No. 5/9 Marquette University women's soccer team's BIG EAST Championship run came to an end Sunday afternoon as Notre Dame knocked off the Golden Eagles, 1-0, in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals at Valley Fields.

The Golden Eagles will wait until Monday, Nov. 7 for their selection to the 64-team 2011 NCAA Championship field, while the Irish advance to face Louisville in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals Friday, Nov. 4 at Dick Dlesk Stadium.

It is the first time Marquette has lost a BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinal match at Valley Fields.

Melissa Henderson scored the game's lone goal in the ninth minute. Jazmin Hall sent in a cross from near the sideline and Henderson finished it with her head from about five yards out to give Notre Dame the early lead.

The Fighting Irish threatened again just four minutes later when midfielder Sammy Scofield's shot from inside the 18-yard box hit the crossbar.

Marquette had a chance to tie the match up in the 17th minute. Sophomore Taylor Madigan blasted a shot on net but it was deflected by Hall and cleared off the end-line.

The Golden Eagles continued to apply pressure offensively advancing the ball into Notre Dame's back third for the remainder of the first half. One of MU's best chances came in the 42nd minute when Lisa Philbin slipped a ball through ND's defense to the foot of Mary Luba. Luba, on the run, sent her shot high over the crossbar.

The second half consisted of back-and-fourth play between the two sides. MU had a chance to even the score in the 74th minute when Meagan Kelly found a streaking Ashley Stemmeler with a pass at the top of the box. Stemmeler was unable to fully control the ball and Fox ran in for the takeaway.

Marquette held a 6-4 shots advantage in the first half, 9-7 for the game. Goalkeeper Natalie Kulla made two saves over the 90 minutes.

Game Notes
• MU's season-long win streak is halted at nine games, as well as its 19-game home unbeaten streak. The Golden Eagles are 11-1-0 at Valley Fields this season.
• The loss to unranked Notre Dame is MU's first to a team who is neither unranked nor receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.
• Marquette moves to 2-7 all-time against Notre Dame and is 0-5 against ND in BIG EAST Championship play.
• Marquette is 6-7 all-time in BIG EAST Championship action. The quarterfinal loss marks only the second time the Golden Eagles have not advanced to the semifinals since 2005, and is their first when playing at Valley Fields (5-1-0).
• The Golden Eagles were shutout for the first time this season. The home shutout is MU's first since it lost 1-0 to New Mexico on Aug. 27, 2010.




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