In the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, Marquette scored in the fourth and 27th minutes to take an early lead at Valley Fields and tacked on in the 69th minute en route to a 3-0 win over Illinois State.
On Sunday afternoon, the Redbirds turned the tables, and they started quickly. Freshman Dagny Olson, unfettered by memories of that game, got ISU on the board in the 2nd minute. Olson was waiting on the far post to clean up the mess when MU keeper Amanda Engel deflected a cross from the aptly named Kyla Cross.
Things got worse for MU in the 16th minute when Rachel Tejada doubled the Illinois State lead by playing a ball coming off of a Hannah Leinart header in the box. ISU wasn't done, though. It turned into a 3-0 lead in the 29th minute when Allie Newsom shut down a Marquette clearance attempt from about 25 yards out and fired a shot back on net. Engel was able to react to make a try at a save, but wasn't able to close the distance and the ball found its way into the net.
Sophomore Jacie Jermier drew a penalty kick in the 43rd minute and Emily Jacobson converted to give MU a semblance of life heading into halftime. ISU played their part in giving MU hope in the second half as they parked the bus and tried to just get out of the game. After MU had a 9-8 shot advantage in the first half and Illinois State had four corner kicks against none for Marquette, the Golden Eagles dominated the second half. MU outshot the Redbirds 14-2 and had a 6-2 advantage on corner kicks as well, including one from Mary Luba in the 73rd minute that found the outstretched head of Jacobson to pull MU within one goal. Six of MU's 14 shots would come after that second goal, but ISU keeper Aryn Newsom made five of her career high 13 saves and the sixth went wide.
The win was the second in ISU history over a ranked opponent and moved their record on the season to 4-4-0. MU falls to 5-3-0 on the season, and will probably fall out of the national rankings as they start to come out this week.
Up Next: It's a Big East-American Athletic Conference crossover, as Marquette hosts Louisville (4-2-1) on Saturday night at 6pm. Remember, seating in the Valley is limited until construction of the grandstand is completed, and UL fans always do an excellent job traveling to see their teams, regardless of sport.