Oct. 17, 2013
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J.-- A goal from freshman Liz Bartels in the opening seconds of the second half proved to be the game-winner as No. 20/10 Marquette (12-3-0, 6-0-0) defeated Seton Hall, 1-0, on Thursday evening at Owen T. Carroll Field.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles extended their winning-streak to eight games and remain undefeated in league play, while Seton Hall falls to 4-9-2 overall and owns a 2-4-0 mark in the BIG EAST.
"We couldn't be happier with the win tonight," head coach Markus Roeders said. I am proud of our team's toughness and for grinding out the victory. Liz's goal right after half obviously proved to be crucial and was a super strike. We have to give Seton Hall credit for playing scrappy and taking advantage of their home field. We will take the win because playing on the road is always a huge challenge and our team is still undefeated in Big East play."
A 0-0 tie carried into halftime after neither team was able to break through and score. Marquette had three shots on goal in the frame, including a good look from Bartels in the 40th minute, but her long shot was saved by the Pirates keeper. Seton Hall held possession in the early first half and totaled two shots on goal, before MU's offense began to attack.
Bartels' goal came at the 45:21mark as sophomore Mary Luba played the ball to about six yards out, which was deflected by a Seton Hall defender, but Bartels was right there and tapped the ball into the far post for the first goal of the game.
Despite some solid looks by each squad, the 1-0 advantage carried through to the final horn. MU's defense made great stops in the game, which kept the ball away from the net, including a sliding tackle from senior Emily Jacobson in the 74th minute that stopped a running Pirates' attacker. Marquette finished the game with a narrow 10-9 advantage on shots and had a 6-2 shots on goal advantage.
Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel
recorded two saves in a full 90 minutes of play and earned her 13th victory in net this season.
The Golden Eagles will play their final road game of the regular season on Sunday as they travel to DePaul for a kick-off at 1 p.m. CT.