DePaul Falls to No. 13/6 Marquette in BIG EAST Title Game
Nov. 10, 2013
MILWAUKEE - This DePaul women's soccer team certainly gave everything it had left, battling one of the nation's best teams in Sunday's BIG EAST Championship title game at Valley Fields.
But the collective effort of playing three BIG EAST tournament matches in six days finally took its toll as No. 13/6 Marquette scored twice in the second half for a 2-0 victory and repeated as BIG EAST champion.
DePaul (13-5-2) will now await its fate in the NCAA tournament. The pairings and 64-team bracket will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Monday on ncaa.com.
The Blue Demons made history with their first appearance in a BIG EAST title game, and this experience has shown them the value of finishing with the No. 1 or No. 2 seed after the regular season. Both of the top seeds receive a bye into the semifinals and avoid the possibility of playing three games in six days.
"Counting the St. John's game to end the regular season, we've played four games in a little more than a week," said DePaul coach Erin Chastain. "That takes its toll when you don't have the depth that Marquette does.
"Most of our starters played the whole 90 minutes in all four games. That caught up with us in the second half."
As did the amount of energy expended to ward off a formidable attacking team. Marquette (18-3-0) wound up outshooting DePaul 36-6 and had 16-1 advantage in shots on goal.
After repeated attempts to get past BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Alejandria Godinez had failed, the Golden Eagles scored in the 59th minute. Taylor Madigan took a pass from Katie Hishmeh and struck a ball that bounced off the near post and went in.
That was the first goal scored against the vaunted DePaul defense in 239 minutes of BIG EAST Championship play.
Ann Marie Lynch scored into the left corner on a rebound from a shot by Liz Bartels in the 68th minute for the insurance goal.
Despite having to play the BIG EAST title game on Marquette's home field, the Blue Demons put on a gutsy performance.
"It's tough to beat a No. 1 seed (Marquette) and a No. 2 seed (Georgetown) back-to-back," Chastain said. "Certainly, we are happy to be here playing for the title But in the second half, we had nothing left in the tank."
Marquette outshot DePaul 16-4 in the first half and had the game's first five shots on goal. The Blue Demon defense and Godinez were up to the task neutralizing the high-powered Golden Eagle attack.
Sunday's first half mirrored the semifinal game on Friday when DePaul was outshot by Georgetown 15-1, but the Blue Demons were able to keep the zero. DePaul prevailed 1-0 on a huge second-half goal by Erin Pekovitch for the 1-0 victory.
The Blue Demons had a few chances in the first 45 minutes. The cleanest look was Ana Greik's angle shot from the right side of the Marquette net that went just high.
"I thought I had it," Greik said. "If I score, it changes the tempo of the game."
Now comes the wait to see if these Blue Demons play on.
"I'm proud of the way our group came out and competed today," Chastain said. "The win over Georgetown (RPI of 8) will help move us up in the RPI.
"We'll find out on Monday if this wonderful season can continue."
NOTES: Kylie Nordness, Alex Godinez and Pekovitch were named to the all-tournament team... Godinez made 13 saves and had 28 saves in three BIG EAST Championship games... women's basketball coach Doug Bruno and his wife Patty joined Athletics Director Jean Lenti Ponsetto, Associate Athletics Director Kathryn Statz and a busload of enthusiastic DePaul students and fans in the Blue Demon section of the stands... the greatest player in DePaul history, women's pro soccer star Julianne Sitch, was also at Valley Fields lending her support... Elise Wyatt took two shots with one on goal... Greik had two shots while Rachel Pitman and Ashleigh Goddard each had one shot... nine of DePaul's 11 starters played the full 90 minutes... DePaul didn't make its first substitution until the 67th minute... Rebekah Roller came out briefly in the first half because of blood on her uniform.
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