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Marquette Women's Soccer Loses to DePaul in OT; Gets 5th In Big East Tournament

Lousy jerk Blue Demons.

Keeper Amanda Engel faced shots on goal against DePaul for the first time in three matches.
Keeper Amanda Engel faced shots on goal against DePaul for the first time in three matches.

Marquette's Darian Powell answered DePaul's first goal within seven minutes, but the Blue Demons got a golden goal in the first six minutes of overtime for the 2-1 over the Golden Eagles on Friday afternoon.

With the loss, Marquette finishes the Big East regular season with a record of 5-3-1 and 16 points in the table.  That landed them in 5th place in between the 18 points earned by fourth place Butler and sixth place Providence's 15 points.  As a result of that finish, Marquette will head to Butler on Tuesday night for one of the two Big East quarterfinal matches.  The winner between Marquette and Butler will face #1 seed St. John's in the semifinals next Friday.

The first half ended without a goal, although DePaul had the advantage by outshooting Marquette 5-2.  The Blue Demons had four corner kicks against just one for the Golden Eagles, but Marquette was able to turn them away on each attempt.  The offense got started in the 61st minute when Elise Wyatt tied the DePaul single season record with her 12th goal of the season to give the Blue Demons a 1-0 lead.  Marquette bounced back quickly from that setback just short of the 67 minute mark, though, as Darian Powell scored her fourth goal in the last three matches off of a Jacie Jermier free kick.  Powell was able to take advantage of DePaul keeper Alejandria Godinez hitting the turf in an attempt to defend the set piece, and the junior from Iowa knotted the match up with ease.

Even with over 23 minutes remaining in the regulation, the two teams only combined for three more shots, and the only one that needed to be saved by a keeper came in the 79th minute from MU's Meegan Johnston.  That lack of production sent the match to overtime.  After Wyatt missed wide in the first 90 seconds, DePaul assists leader Abby Reed and Wyatt teamed up to send the ball in to Jessie Schmidt in the 96th minute, and Schmidt was able to take advantage of MU keeper Amanda Engel shifting to defend the ball to slip it home for the game winner.

Up Next: Well, it's that quarterfinal match with Butler, of course.  Marquette won the regular season match between the two squads with Darian Powell scoring the lone goal of the match.