Nov. 13, 2009
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DAYTON, Ohio - The No. 10 Marquette women's soccer team saw its banner season come to an end Friday evening as it played to a 0-0 tie at No. 15 Dayton in NCAA Tournament First Round action, but did not advance to the second round as the Flyers edged the Golden Eagles, 4-3, in a shootout at Baujan Field. The Golden Eagles end their season 15-5-3 overall, while Dayton remains perfect (16-0-6) advances to play Virginia Tech on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
"They've (Dayton) had a great year and tonight we saw how good they were. We've played a lot of great teams this year and they are right up there with the top five or six that we've played all year long," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Based on what both teams have done this year I think you could foresee this. Considering both teams have not allowed a lot of goals. I'm really proud of our girls. I thought we started a little bit slow in the first half and then picked it up as the game went on and put them under a ton of pressure. I think we're so disappointed because this season has been such a joy for all of us in the program. Having it come to an abrupt end is always difficult. When you see it in the eyes of the seniors its extremely difficult. As a coach, this has been the most enjoyable team that we've ever had."
Katie Miller, Lauren Thut and Julia Victor all converted their penalty kick attempts in the shootout, while Dayton came out on top missing just one.
For the game, sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Kulla was credited with three saves. She finished her stellar sophomore campaign with a program record 0.50 goals against average and 16 shutouts.
Katherine Boone made 10 saves for the Flyers.
Marquette looked as if they were going to put the game away in regulation as it owned a 19-11 shots advantage and sent 10 of those on goal. After a slow start in the first half, the Golden Eagles looked sharp in the second half and overtime periods as 11 of its attempts were recorded in the second frame and five in the two overtime periods. Marquette allowed Dayton just one shot in the final 20 minutes of overtime.
Sophomore Rachael Sloan led Marquette's attack with five shots, three on goal, while senior Becky Ryan, and juniors Julia Victor and Rosie Malone-Povolny each registered three shots.
The Golden Eagles pressured to no avail coming on especially strong from the 58th minute on. The Golden Eagles had a great chance at the 62nd minute, as senior Brittany Bares found Sloan in front of the net, but Boone smothered Sloan's shot from seven yards out.
Ryan provided another great opportunity in the 68th minute, but she couldn't get enough power on her shot to send it past Boone. It was much of the same for the remainder of regulation as the Golden Eagles continued to generate chances, but were unable to convert. Along with Sloan and Ryan, junior Lauren Acree, sophomore Kerry McBride, Malone-Povolny and Victor all had created chances to score in the second half.
In the first overtime, both junior Lauren Thut and Sloan put shots on goal that were saved by Boone, while Malone-Povolny and McBride's chances in the second overtime were also stopped.
? In eight NCAA Tournament appearances, the Golden Eagles move 5-6-2 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, 4-3-1 in first round games.
? The 0-0 shutout marked the Golden Eagles' 16th of the season.