Marquette women's soccer lost their regular season finale on Saturday night, dropping a 2-1 decision to Butler. The loss slots MU into fourth place in the Big East with 16 points in the final standings.
Stephanie Kaylor got the scoring started late in the first half for the Bulldogs, when she sent a corner kick into the net with a helpful push of the wind. The half ended with Butler up 1-0, and they doubled their advantage 12 minutes into the second half when Sophia Maccagnone sent home a 20 yard free kick.
Marquette halved the lead less than 90 seconds later when Mary Luba converted a penalty kick on a foul that she drew. The Golden Eagles would hold Butler without a shot for the remainder of the match and fired off six shots of their own, but they were unable to find a second way past Bulldog keeper Mackenzie Hopkins, who made three second half saves to preserve the three points for her squad.
With the #4 seed in the Big East tournament in hand, Marquette will host a quarterfinal match next Tuesday. Providence will be the opponent, as the Friars came away with an overtime win over Villanova yesterday to earn the #5 seed in the field. MU won the earlier meeting between the two squads 4-0 in Rhode Island.