Miller's Goal Sends Marquette To BIG EAST Championship Finals
Nov. 2, 2012
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. - Senior Ally Miller's game winning goal in the 72nd minute of play broke a scoreless tie and sent the No. 15/10 Marquette women's soccer team into the BIG EAST Championship finals. The Golden Eagles also recorded their 14th shutout of the season in their 1-0 victory over No. 25 Notre Dame on Friday at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn.
Miller's goal was a header from 10-yards away and came off of a free kick from junior Maegan Kelly after senior Rachael Sloan was fouled. The win was Marquette's (15-2-2) first over Notre Dame (13-5-2) in post season play.
"I thought the game went how we expected it to," head coach Markus Roeders said. "Notre Dame is a quality team. We played well in the first half and established ourselves in the midfield, which led to some good stretches. These games usually come down to set plays and it was beautifully executed. We're elated and are excited for Sunday.
This is the second time that the Golden Eagles have advanced to the BIG EAST Championship final and the first since 2009 when the Golden Eagles met the Irish, but fell, 2-1. That game was also held in Connecticut.
The first half was incredibly tight and the Golden Eagles had chances to score that were not finished. MU took five shots on goal, while holding the Fighting Irish to just two.
In the 10th minute Sloan had a good look from the left side, but it was saved by Notre Dame goalkeeper Elyse Hight. Junior Taylor Madigan took the ball on a corner kick from Kelly for a shot in the 30th minute that the Fighting Irish saved again.
Through the second half media timeout, the score remained deadlocked at 0-0. MU held a 10-6 edge overall on shots, but the Irish had taken 4-1 in the second half. Notre Dame outshot the Golden Eagles 9-4 in the second half. MU recorded 13 total shots in the game as the Irish placed 11.
In net, freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned her 11th victory this season and recorded her fifth shutout. She tallied two saves in 90 minutes.
The Golden Eagles will face the winner of Georgetown/USF. The game is slated for Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11:00 a.m. CT and will be broadcast live from Rentschler Field on CBS Sports Network. In Wisconsin the game can be seen live on Time Warner Sports 32.