Women's Soccer Drops a Heartbreaker in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals
Nov. 4, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Marquette women's soccer team saw its run for the BIG EAST Tournament Championship halted with a 1-0 heartbreaking loss at Louisville Sunday afternoon in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals. With the loss, the Golden Eagles fall to 12-4-4 overall on the season, while the Cardinals stand 13-4-2 overall and advance to meet West Virginia in the BIG EAST Semifinals in Morgantown on Friday, Nov. 9.
"I am proud of our team," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We played a good game and attacked, but weren't rewarded with a goal. Congrats to Louisville as they are an excellent team and a hard group to beat defensively. They have shown numerous times this year that can win 1-0. Unfortunately, the game was decided by the penalty kick and we couldn't manage to put the ball in the back of their net. Many thanks to our seniors for their dedication, commitment, hard work and the mark they left on our program. All nine of them are fantastic people and we can't thank them enough. We hope they get a chance to play another day."
The Golden Eagles were on the attack for a majority of the game and out-shot the Cardinals, 13-11. Senior Allison Mallams registered eight of Marquette's shot attempts, including a team high four on goal. For the game, senior goalkeeper Laura Boyer made six saves.
Eight seconds into the game, Marquette stormed into Louisville territory and Mallams launched a shot off that was denied by Cardinal keeper, Joanna Haig. Within 17 minutes of the opening whistle, senior Shania Mango, junior Katie Kelly, sophomore Michelle Compty and Mallams each fired off shots that were unlucky.
Kate Cunningham scored the lone goal of the game off a penalty kick Louisville was awarded after junior Shannon Cusick was called for a foul inside the penalty box at the 17:54 mark. For the rest of the half, Marquette had two corner kick opportunities, but was unable to find a Golden Eagle to finish the set play.
The second half was played much like the first with the Golden Eagles dominating play, but unable to convert any of their chances. Boyer made two saves in the second frame including one where Louisville was on the counterattack and Monique Gjini's chance was denied in the 79th minute.
The Golden Eagles now await the NCAA Tournament committee members' decision whether Marquette will be among the 34 teams receiving at-large berths for the 2007 NCAA Tournament. The 64-team bracket will be unveiled Monday, Nov. 12, on ESPNews between 7-7:30 p.m. CT
"We will see where this leads us. Our team has done very well this year and shown to be among the top teams in the Big East. With a 12-4-4 record, we will see what the NCAA Selection Committee decides," Roeders said.
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