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Women's Soccer: An Unexpected Result: Notre Dame 1, Marquette 0

Marquette is used to shutting teams out, not getting shut out.

After winning a 3-2 overtime game against Notre Dame in September, it seemed likely that Marquette would be able to score again against Maddie Fox and the Irish defense in their rematch in the Big East Championship quarterfinals. But after Melissa Henderson, the Big East's leader in goals scored, headed one past Marquette's Natalie Kulla in the 9th minute, it was clear that the game plan for the Irish was to pack the defense in.

Marquette was able to control the course of play, but after getting 4 shots on goal in the first half, Notre Dame was able to further hinder Marquette's progress in the second half, allowing no shots on goal, and no shots at all after Ally Miler pushed one wide in the 68th minute. The Irish were able to short circuit what has been a usually powerful and prolific offense this season, all the way to the point of being the first team to shut out Marquette all season.

With the win, Notre Dame advances to the Big East Championship semifinals at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown, WV. The loss has Marquette waiting for Monday, November 7th, when the NCAA will announce the field for the 2011 Women's College Cup.