Oct. 20, 2013
CHICAGO, Ill.-- A late first half goal from junior Mary Luba was enough for the Marquette women's soccer team (14-3, 7-0) to earn its ninth consecutive victory and remain undefeated in league play with a 1-0 shutout at DePaul on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Eagles remain atop the conference standings with just two regular season games remaining.
MU handed the Blue Demons (10-3-2, 4-2-1) their first home loss at Wish Field this season and snapped a four-game streak for DePaul, while recording its eighth clean sheet of the season and fourth in-a-row.
"We knew coming into this game that DePaul would be a tough team to beat," head coach Markus Roeders said. "They were previously undefeated at home and the overall environment makes it tough for visitors. Our ladies played extremely well the first 45 minutes and Mary's strike was fantastic as the game-winner. We had an opening chance in the second half that could have sealed it when Cara hit the crossbar and DePaul made it a game. Our defense played tough and Amanda came up with a couple of big saves. This is a great win for us since we get to play at home the next few weeks. We have a chance to clinch the regular season next Sunday and be the overall No. 1 seed heading into the Big East tourney hosted at Valley Fields. Our team keeps rising to the occasion and that's a mark of a champion caliber squad."
Luba's goal came in the 43rd minute, unassisted, with a shot from 25 yards out to the upper right corner of the net. It was her team-high seventh goal this season and proved to be the game-winner.
Marquette's defense worked to keep DePaul from scoring throughout the entire second half and helped clear the ball after the Blue Demons found some good looks. Sophomore goal keeper Amanda Engel was busy in net as she recorded five saves in 90 minutes of action.
MU had another advantage on shots, 28-12, including 9-5 shots on goal. DePaul's keeper notched eight saves in the contest.
The Golden Eagles can lock up the conference No. 1 seed with a victory next Sunday and sit five points ahead of second-place Georgetown. They will play the final two regular season games home at Valley Fields and welcomes Providence on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.