USF Upsets No. 12/8 Marquette, 3-2, in BIG EAST Semis
Nov. 5, 2010
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Marquette University women's soccer team's BIG EAST Championship run came to a close Friday night at Yurcak Field as USF upset the Golden Eagles, 3-2, in the championship semifinals. Marquette's school record win streak stops at 12, and it stands at 15-4-2 overall. USF improves to 13-4-3 and advances to the championship match where it will face No. 2 American Division seed West Virginia on Sunday, Nov. 7.
"It was a disappointing result," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Although we scored two goals, we made some mistakes in the first half those can't be made if you want to compete for a championship. USF took advantage and they scored the goals needed to win. Our pressure and the chances in the second 45 minutes were excellent and some were missed by several inches. Soccer is an exciting and funny game because the dominating team or the squad with the most shots or corners doesn't always win; you have to outscore the other team to win goals count. Congrats to USF for moving on. We will await our NCAA fate on Monday afternoon. It's been a great year and although all of us are disappointed tonight, we hopefully will learn from our mistakes and have a chance to play more games next week and beyond."
USF owned a 3-2 advantage heading in to the halftime. It was an exciting first half of play as the two teams combined for five goals, one of the highest first half totals in recent BIG EAST Championship history, in the first 45 minutes of play. Taylor Madigan and Rachel Brown accounted for both of MU's goals. Marquette launched 17 shots in the second half but was unable to find the back of the net.
For the game, Marquette out-shot the Bulls, 25-9, and owned a 15-1 corner kicks advantage. Natalie Kulla made five saves in the loss.
Madigan scored in the fifth minute to give Marquette the early 1-0 lead. Ashley Bares served in the ball from right outside the 18-yard box to Madigan. Madigan beat her defender and buried her shot for her fourth goal of the season.
USF struck 16 minutes later on a set piece at the 20:48 mark to make it 1-1. Gina Pacheco served in her free kick to Venicia Reid who used her left foot to knock it in past Kulla.
No more than two minutes after USF's first score, Marquette converted on its own set piece. USF was whistled for a handball near midfield, and Lauren Thut served in the free kick from about 40 yards out to Brown. Brown settled the ball took a step and fired her shot to the far post out of reach for USF goalkeeper Nicole McClure.
The Bulls scored in the 28th minute to tied the score at two goals apiece. Molly Stack lofted a pass to the far post, and as Kulla reached to grab the ball Reid headed it over her and in the back of the net. Angelique Walker's unassisted strike from 22 yards out gave the Bulls their third goal of the half in the 38th minute.
Trailing for only the fourth time of the season, Marquette came out reenergized in the second frame looking for the equalizer. Marquette created multiple opportunities, but was unable to convert. One of MU's best chances came in the 79th minute. Stephanie Vasos chipped in a free kick inside the 18-yard box. Brown was able to get her head on the ball but it hit the crossbar and down in front of the goal line. Ally Miller's follow-up shot sailed over the net.
The Golden Eagles did not let up their pressure, and in the final five minutes of the game there was a flurry of action inside USF territory. During its final push, MU registered four shots and four corner kicks.
Marquette will wait to see who it will face in the 64-team 2010 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. ESPNU will televise the selection show beginning at 4:30 p.m.ET/3 p.m. CT. First and second rounds will be played at campus sites on Nov. 12 and 14.Game Notes
Marquette's school record win streak stops at 12. Prior to the loss, MU had not lost a game since Sept. 11.
The loss against the Bulls marked the first of the season when MU scores first. It is also the first when MU scores two-or-more goals (12-1-0).
The loss marks the first of the season for MU against a team who is neither unranked nor receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.
Marquette is 12-3-1 all-time against the Bulls, 3-1 against USF in conference tournament play.
Marquette stands 6-6 overall in BIG EAST Championship action. MU is 1-4 all-time in the championship semifinals.
Taylor Madigan is the first freshman to score a goal for Marquette in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals.
MU's two goals is the most it is has scored in the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals. Since 2005, MU has scored two-or-more goals in three games in the BIG EAST Championship.