Women's Soccer Tests No. 20 Marquette, But Falls 1-0

Freshman Cathy Chukuka had two shot attempts against Marquette.

Freshman Cathy Chukuka had two shot attempts against Marquette.

Oct. 17, 2013

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - A heads up play just 21 seconds into the second half made all of the difference as the Seton Hall University women's soccer team fell to the No. 20 Marquette Golden Eagles, 1-0, on a rain soaked Thursday night at Owen T. Carroll Field.

After Seton Hall limited Marquette to just four shot attempts in the opening period, only one of which came in the final 20 minutes of the frame, the Golden Eagles charged out of the gate to start the second half and scored what ultimately proved to be the game winner less than a minute into the action.

Marquette (13-3-0, 6-0-0) sprinted up the middle of the field and Mary Luba passed out to Liz Bartels on the left side. She fired a low shot from the top of the box to the far post to give the Golden Eagles the lead; it was her fourth goal of the season.

Fewer than 20 seconds later it appeared as if the Pirates were going to return the favor. Senior Ashley Clarke (Paramus, N.J.) sliced through the Marquette defense and drilled a low shot through the box and past a diving Amanda Engel, but her attempt was off target and slightly wide of the net.

Seton Hall generated a number of dangerous scoring chances throughout the second half, but narrowly missed a chance to tie the match each time. In the 58th minute freshman Frankie Maier (Oradell, N.J.) crossed in to senior Katie Ritter (Hagerstown, Md.) from the left side, only to see Ritter's header sailed wide left.

In the 75th minute Ritter dribbled into the area and was taken out by a sliding defender just short of the end line. Although there was certainly contact on the play no foul was called but the result was a Seton Hall corner. Maier took the kick and found freshman Cathy Chukuka (Marlboro, N.J.) with a cross into the box, as was the case for most of the night for the Pirates, the header attempt soared wide.

 

 

The final minute of the match saw Seton Hall make one final push up the field as senior Meghan Hayes (Fredon, N.J.) played a long pass up to Clarke in front of the net with less than 30 seconds to play, but Engel was there to make a play and end the threat.

The game began with the Golden Eagles testing SHU senior goalkeeper Jennifer Pettigrew (Kearny, N.J.) twice over the first five minutes of action and she made a save on both early attempts. Once the Pirates successfully withstood the early Marquette offensive barrage momentum shifted to the other side.

The best look of the period for Seton Hall was a play in the 18th minute where senior Amie Ruhe (Monrovia, Md.) sent a pass far post to Hayes as she sprinted in on net ultimately failing to connect by a very slim margin.

Pettigrew made a spectacular save on Bartels shot in the 40th minute, leaping to her left to snare a shot toward the upper 90 out of the air. The Pirates also had one quality chance late in the opening period as sophomore Melissa Blevins (Laurel Springs, N.J.) connected with Chukuka in the area, but her long header was directly to Engel.

Marquette finished the game with a slight edge in shot attempts, 10-9, and the Golden Eagles sent six attempts on net. The Pirates had seven different players combine for their nine shot attempts, with Ruhe and Chukuka leading the way with two apiece.

Seton Hall will play its 2013 regular season home finale on Sunday, Oct. 20, when it welcomes the Villanova Wildcats to Owen T. Carroll Field at 1 p.m. It will be Senior Day for the Hall, which will honor seven team members prior to the game.