On Saturday afternoon, the men's soccer team faced off against Seton Hall at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles owned a small 5-4 shot advantage on the Pirates in the first half, but neither team was able to break through and score. But that changed in the 54th minute: Sebastian Jansson and Paul Dillon teamed up on a rapid fire volley which led to a cross to the waiting Anothony Selvaggi who rammed the ball in past goalkeeper Michael Kuzan. Marquette then got an insurance goal in the 68th minute when a long pas reached Eric Pothast in front of the net: Pothast's first scoring attempt, a header, was rebuffed but he kicked in the rebound for the score.
Charlie Lyon made 3 saves to tally yet another clean sheet. The shutout is his ninth of the season which ties him for the Big East lead in individual shutouts and is one shy of tying the Marquette single season record.
The Golden Eagles next take on Notre Dame in a home and home pair including Senior Night at the Valley on Saturday. The victory over Seton Hall guaranteed Marquette a berth in the Big East Tournament, but there are too many variables to determine seeding. Marquette does control its own destiny: two wins over the Irish guarantee the Eagles at least a tie with UConn for the Blue Division title and a 1 seed in the tournament.
Below coach Louis Bennett talks about the win and praises Lyon's performance.
Hours later, the women took the field against South Florida for their final regular season game. Although Marquette had already secured the division title and a bye in the Big East Tournament, the closest they came to "taking it easy" was giving redshirt junior Sam Vicker, who will not return for a fifth year, her first start of the season.
Christiane Endler made 5 saves to hold off the Golden Eagles during the first half, but in the 40th minute Cara Jacobson became the first Eagle to score. Eight minutes into the second, Maegan Kelly tricked Endler to make it a 2-0 lead. Lisa Philbin and Ashley Stemmeler piled on scoring in the 71st and 81st minutes. After Stemmler's score, Vicker and graduate student Rachael Sloan returned to the field to join seniors Rachel Brown, Megan Jaskowiak, Ally Miller, and Philbin in closing out the match and their Marquette careers. Later the six starters were the first to hoist up the Big East American Division in the post game trophy ceremonies.
South Florida managed just a single shot in the match, early in the second, and their next best opportunity in the 47th minute, the ball getting past Amanda Engel when she came out on a challenge, was swatted away by the Eagles' defense. The shutout, the team's 13th this season, gives Marquette the Big East lead in team shutouts.
Below are interviews with Philbin and coach Markus Roeders.