Marquette Falls 1-0 at Butler in BIG EAST Quarters
Nov. 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marquette University women’s soccer team fell to Butler, 1-0, on Tuesday evening in BIG EAST Conference Championship quarterfinal action at the Butler Bowl in Indianapolis.
The Golden Eagles conclude the season 8-8-4 after advancing to the BIG EAST quarterfinals for the 11th time in as many seasons in the league. Senior goalkeeper Amanda Engel made five saves on the evening for Marquette as Butler posted a total of nine shots.
“All of us are disappointed in the final result,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “We have an incredible group of women and they left it all out there again tonight. I’m very, very proud of them, of who they are, how they represent themselves, our program and Marquette. This game was a tough battle and was going to come down to a bounce here or there. Butler played a great match and credit to them. We just didn't finish the good looks we had. Our young group will rebound though and be better in the future.”
The Bulldogs (14-6-1), who posted a 9-7 edge in shots and a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks, advance to take on top-seeded St. John’s in the conference semifinals on Friday evening in Omaha, Nebraska.
Butler opened the second half as the aggressor and struck in the 67th minute as Shannon McDevitt found the back of the net with Engel on the pitch to her left. The goal came just after Engel made her fifth save of the evening on a shot from roughly 40 yards out that hit just below the crossbar. MU was able to clear the ensuing corner out of the box but Erin Holland fell down next to McDevitt as the ball was served back in.
Marquette attempted to equalize over the final 23 minutes but could not connect. Its best opportunity came with time winding down as a Jacie Jermier free kick from 25 yards was blocked and Darian Powell’s third shot of the night was saved with time expiring.
Marquette’s lone shot of the first half also came just before the buzzer sounded as Powell’s shot from the edge of box barely missed the left side of the net. The Bulldogs had recorded three shots prior to Powell’s misfire and held a 4-0 advantage in corner kicks through the first 45 minutes of action. Engel made three saves in net in the opening frame as the Bulldogs were able to maintain possession in the offensive third for much of the stanza.
MU previously defeated Butler, 1-0, this season on Sunday, Oct. 25 with the lone goal coming from Powell in the 32nd minute in Indianapolis.
Tonight’s contest marked the final collegiate match for Engel, Jermier and fellow senior Ann Marie Lynch.
“We can't say enough about our three seniors, leaders and captains. They are incredible ladies who represent everything that is unique, special and 'Family' about our team. They are shining stars and we are sad that this season couldn't be extended for them with more games and wins. We love those three ladies and they will always be Marquette.”
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