No. 12/19 Marquette's NCAA Championship Run Ends

Kerry McBride

Nov. 18, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The No. 12/19 Marquette University women's soccer team's season came to an end Friday evening in the form of a 4-1 loss to fourth-seeded Penn State at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. in the second round of the NCAA Championship.

Kerry McBride scored MU's lone goal in the 83rd minute in her final game of her career. The Golden Eagles finish the season 18-4-0 overall.

"All of us are disappointed that we lost this match, "said head coach Markus Roeders. "The score isn't indicative of how the game played out on the field, but give Penn State credit for being efficient with their chances and score those goals. We always play aggressive and that is part of our style and success. We are proud of how hard our team worked to get back in it, the third goal proved to be the dagger and sealed the game. Once we have some time to reflect, we will look back on a fantastic season and an incredible group of young ladies who represented Marquette and the program extremely well. It is hard to put into words the contributions of our three seniors, Natalie, Kerry and Lindsey, but they will go down among the best and brightest who have ever wore a Marquette uniform."

Penn State capitalized twice in the first half to go into halftime with a 2-0 advantage before Marquette struck at the 82:12 mark. Emily Hurd scored the Nittany Lions' first goal in the 9th minute. She got on the end of a cross from Maddy Evans from eight yards out.

Emma Thomson made it 2-0 in favor of Penn State at the 43:12 mark. Marquette was whistled for a foul near the 18-yard box and Thomson sent the ensuing free kick high to the left corner. Goalkeeper Natalie Kulla got her hand on the ball but was unable to complete the save. Penn State finished the first half with a 5-3 shots advantage.

Out of the intermission, Marquette pressured in the Nittany Lions' defensive third and launched seven shots before cutting the goal deficit in half. Prior to McBride's goal, Vanessa Legault-Cordisco had one of MU's best attempts of the half with a diving header that sailed high in the 62nd minute. She had another great opportunity five minutes later that went wide as well, while Lisa Philbin's shot from 15 yards out was blocked in the 75th minute.

In the 83rd minute, Penn State was called for a foul right outside the 18-yard box. Maegan Kelly and Megan Jaskowiak set up McBride's free kick and the senior defender from Elm Grove, Wis., buried her shot high to the far post to make it 2-1.

The Golden Eagles' comeback was short lived as Maya Hayes scored Penn State's third and fourth goals in the 85th and 87th minutes, respectively.

Marquette finished the game out-shooting the Nittany Lions, 13-11. Kulla made three saves in the final game of her career.

Game Notes
• Marquette is 7-8-3 all-time in NCAA Championship action, 1-3-2 in second round games.
• Marquette is 22-16-7 all-time against teams from the Big Ten Conference. • The senior class of Kerry McBride, Natalie Kulla and Lindsey Page finished their careers 2-3-2 all-time in NCAA Championship play.
Kerry McBride's goal was her second of the season. She finishes her career with five goals and five assists.
Natalie Kulla finished her career with a 0.74 goals against average (second all-time), 220 saves (fourth all-time), 43 shutouts (MU record) and 58 wins (second all-time) in 7835:04 minutes of action (second all-time).
• Kulla's 18 wins for the 2011 season rank second on MU's single-season list. Her 0.79 goals against average ranks tied for sixth.
• MU's 18 wins rank third all time.
• The four goals allowed are the most by the Golden Eagles since it lost 5-0 at Connecticut on Sept. 30, 2007. Penn State's two first-half goals marks the first time since Sept. 24, 2011 Marquette has allowed two goals in a half. It was only the fifth time this season MU has given up the first goal of the game - 1-4-0 in those games.
• It was just the fourth time this season MU has trailed at halftime - 0-4-0 in those contest.




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