The Golden Eagles posted a 2-0 record at Valley Fields over the weekend to clinch their fourth consecutive Big East American division title. Both victories were shutouts which kept Marquette tied with Georgetown for the Big East lead in shutouts posted at 12.
The Golden Eagles topped St. John's 3-0 Friday night during their Kick for the Cure event. Marquette held a ridiculous 25-2 shot advantage over St. John’s in the match, but had several close shots tipped away by Red Storm keeper Ellen Conway. But Rachael Sloan snuck a shot in to put the Eagles on the board in the 58th minute, and then with 20 minutes to go, Taylor Madigan made it a 2-0 lead. Less than 5 minutes later, a St. John’s defender essentially threw Mary Luba to the ground on the sideline near their end and paid for the foul: Luba threw the ball in on the restart to Lisa Philbin who found a perfectly positioned Mady Vicker. Vicker’s goal all but sealed the 3-0 win and coach Markus Roeders substituted out nine regulars in the final fifteen minutes.
One regular who wasn't subbed out was Kate Reigle, was involved in a midfield collision in the final moments of the first half and was carried off the field by staff. Reigle, who is tied for second on the team in points with 15, did not return in the second half and did not see action in Sunday’s match against Syracuse.
Speaking of Marquette's last Big East regular season contest with the Orange, the Golden Eagles slogged out a mud strewn 2-0 win to clinch the division title. MU jumped on Syracuse early, as Rachel Brown headed home a Maegan Kelly corner kick in the third minute. Getting an early goal was important for this game, as the pitch conditions were less than optimal. Madigan gave Marquette an insurance goal in the 58th minute, when Syracuse keeper Brittany Anghel couldn't corral a ball and both the ball and Madigan ended up behind Anghel, leading to an easy tap in goal.
Amanda Engel had a relatively quiet first half before having to make two saves in the second half to finish out the clean sheet.
Up Next: Senior Night on Saturday evening against South Florida, although that won't be Marquette's last home game of the season. With the American Division title comes the opportunity to host a Big East Championship quarterfinal match, so Marquette has locked that up. While we'll have to wait for the conclusion of the Big East Championship First Round to know who Marquette will play, we already know that the match will be on Sunday, October 28, at 1pm.