Oct. 3, 2013
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MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The St. John’s women’s soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at No. 21 Marquette on Thursday evening despite Rachel Daly registering her team-best 14th goal of the season and Diana Poulin making seven saves. St. John’s is now 7-2-2 (1-1-1 BIG EAST) following the conference road loss, while Marquette improved to 10-3-0 (3-0-0 BIG EAST).
“Tonight could prove to be a very valuable learning experience for our team,” stated head coach Ian Stone. “I feel like we have to go through a tough game like tonight’s in order to realize the changes we need to make if we’re going to be a successful postseason team.”
The Golden Eagles owned possession most of the opening half at Valley Fields Stadium as Marquette outshot St. John’s 7-0 with two shots on goal. The Red Storm defense stood strong with Poulin (7-1-1) making two saves in the first 45 minutes and the teams entered halftime locked at 0-0.
The Red Storm, outshot 20-3 on the night, wasted no time kicking off the second half and quickly began to attack the Marquette back line. Junior forward Caitlyn McLaughlin was the first to take aim with a blocked shot in the 48th minute resulting in the squad’s first corner of the night.
McLaughlin took the corner kick and crossed the ball to an awaiting Daly who scored from six yards out with a header at 48:14. Daly, who leads the nation in goals and points, registered her team-leading 14th goal of the season, while McLaughlin now has three assists on the season.
Marquette was quick to respond and saw Maegan Kelly score in the 57th minute to even the match at 1-1. Cara Jacobson was credited with the assist.
Emily Cubbage took the Red Storm’s final shot of the evening sending the ball high over the crossbar in the 70th minute.
The Golden Eagles continued to push the ball towards the Red Storm net eventually earning a 2-1 lead at 71:09 on a goal by Liz Bartels off of a corner kick by Kelly. Kelly finished the match with a game-best three points.
Following a 45-minute weather delay the two squads returned to the field to play the remaining 9:26 left in regulation. The Red Storm went on the attack sending a strong force forward trying to tie the game when Marquette’s Mary Luba solidified the win for her team with a goal in the final minute to set the final score in favor of the Golden Eagles, 3-1.
The Red Storm will continue a two-game conference road swing on Sunday, October 6, when St. John’s takes on Butler in Indianapolis at 1 p.m.
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