Sept. 24, 2009
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Despite out-shooting West Virginia, 13-7, a late goal by WVU's Caroline Szwed in the 87th minute ended the Marquette women's soccer team four-game win streak Thursday evening as the Mountaineers earned a 1-0 victory at Dick Dlesk Stadium. The loss puts Marquette at 7-3-0 overall, 1-1-0 in BIG EAST play, while West Virginia earns its first BIG EAST Conference win to stand 4-2-4 overall, 1-0-1 BIG EAST.
"This is a tough loss for our team," said head coach Markus Roeders
. "We did everything but score a goal. Give West Virginia credit for battling and creating the golden chance at the end. This is a hard pill to swallow after an excellent effort put forth by our team. We showed again that this is a talented team who will give 100 percent every single time. As painful as it is, we will take the positives and move forward. Sunday will be a tough game at Valley Fields and we need to be ready to give our best against a talented Pitt team."
Szwed scored what would be the game winner at the 87:08 mark. Bry McCarthy served the ball in from the left side to Szwed who was six yards in front of the goal and headed it in near post past sophomore goalkeeper Natalie Kulla.
For the game, Kulla made one save, while WVU's Kerri Butler made five stops.
Offensively, Marquette created many opportunities inside WVU's lower third, but was unable to capitalize. Five of MU's 13 shots were on target and it was awarded five corner kicks. Sophomore Rachael Sloan registered a game-high six shots.
Both West Virginia and Marquette created chances in the first half, but neither team was able to convert. The Golden Eagles had the upper hand offensively taking three shots and putting two of those on goal, while the Mountaineers registered two shots.
After a scoreless first half in which the Golden Eagles had the upper hand offensively taking three shots and putting two of those on goal, Marquette continued attacking in the second half firing off three shots in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Ten of its total 13 shots came in the second half.
Marquette had one of its best chances in the 55th minute when senior Michelle Compty served the ball in to sophomore Rachael Sloan who got her head on it, but sent the ball wide.
The Golden Eagles open a five-game homestand Sunday against Pittsburgh at Valley Fields at Noon.