Oct. 19, 2014
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MILWAUKEE-- Despite overcoming a two-goal deficit to force overtime, the Marquette women's soccer team suffered its first home conference defeat at the hands of the No.12/8 DePaul Blue Demons (13-0-3, 4-2-1), falling 3-2 in double-overtime Sunday evening at Valley Fields.
After the Golden Eagles stormed back from a 2-0 deficit, they were ultimately unable to fend off the Blue Demons who scored the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute. DePaul's Amber Paul sent her corner attempt into the middle of the box, where many were jockeying for position; Alexa Ben of DePaul ultimately corralled the loose ball and scored to win the game.
Marquette trailed at the half 2-0, but showed great resiliency and resolve in the second half, tallying a pair of second half goals to force overtime. Darian Powell put the Blue and Gold on the board in the 62nd minute with her fifth goal of the season. Teammate Heather Handwork dished a cross into heavy traffic where Powell who was waiting in the box found the pass and scooted it past the DePaul keeper. In the 86th minute, senior midfielder Mary Luba evened the score at two when she converted a free kick from just outside the box from a shade over 18 yards from the goal. Luba and Powell each recorded their season team-high fifth goal in the match.
After the first 30 minutes of action resulted in stagnant offense from each side with only two total shots, the final 15 minutes of the first stanza featured two tallies from DePaul. The first goal of the match came in the 32nd minute when Paul notched her seventh goal of the season for the Blue Demons. DePaul's Ben played a crossing pass into the box where teammate Abby Reed knocked the ball down and Paul then scooped up the ball and blasted it past MU keeper Amanda Engel. Six minutes later DePaul would collect its second goal of the evening off a penalty kick score. After a Marquette foul occurred on the right side of the box, DePaul's Elise Wyatt teed up the penalty kick from the 12 yard marker. Wyatt struck the ball square, and the result was a 2-0 advantage for the Blue Demons.
After being outshot 6-3 in the first half, Marquette was able to find its stride on the offensive end after the initial 45 minutes. MU won the shot tally in each subsequent period of play from that point forward, owning the final tally 15-9. Marquette finished with five corners, edging DePaul by one attempt, but did not record its first cornerkick until the 75th minute. In the next one minute and thirty seconds, MU would register three additional corners.
Sunday evening's loss snapped Marquette's six-game home winning streak, and its 27-straight home conference victory streak also came to an end. The 27-straight home conference victories were the second longest active streak in the nation.
All nine seniors: Sofie Schunk, Mady Vicker, Shalese Miller, Alex Heffron, Haley Fritzlen, Mary Luba, Maggie Edlebeck, Elizabeth Bollinger, and Isabela Carrasco were honored in a pre-match ceremony as Sunday's matchup marked Senior Day at Valley Fields. The 2014 senior class excelled on and off the field, garnering multiple academic and athletic accolades. The graduating class compiled 63 wins, three BIG EAST regular season titles, two BIG EAST Tournament titles, and played in three NCAA Championships, including a Sweet 16 appearance in 2012.
The Golden Eagles return to action Saturday when they travel to Providence College for a 6 p.m. Central time tilt. Marquette is set to conclude its regular season with consecutive road contests at PC and Butler.