Big East Quarterfinals: #16/#12 Marquette 4, Connecticut 1

Vanessa Legault-Cordisco ended up with the game winner against Connecticut. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com

The Golden Eagles took care of business in the Valley and advanced to the Big East semifinals this weekend in (ironically) Connecticut!

The dynamics of a corner kick in soccer can lead to a number of different outcomes. Marquette benefited from two positive outcomes to take an early lead on Connecticut yesterday at Valley Fields and end up with a 4-1 win in the 2012 Big East Championship quarterfinals.

Marquette's first goal came in the 27th minute when Connecticut attempted to clear the ball on a Maegan Kelly corner kick, but inadvertently sent it past keeper Jessica Montrose for an own goal. Just over 3 minutes later, Kelly took Marquette's second corner kick of the match and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco connected to put MU up 2-0 at the half.

Kelly got a goal of her own just after halftime when Montrose wasn't able to catch a Taylor Madigan shot, allowing Kelly to clean up the mess. Madigan would pick up her second assist of the match when Rachael Sloan scored to put things well out of reach in the 64th minute. The Huskies' Danielle Schulmann managed to ruin Marquette's clean sheet in the 84th minute after coach Markus Roeders had already dug deep into his bench, including Sofie Schunk replacing Amanda Engel at keeper in the 73rd minute.

Marquette moves on to the semifinals this Saturday in Storrs, CT, where they will face off with the team that knocked them out of last year's Big East Championship, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. That match will be at 3pm Central time and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network. The Irish advanced to the semifinals with a 1-0 win over Syracuse. The other semifinal match features USF facing off with Georgetown and will immediately follow the MU-ND match on CBS Sports Network.

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