STREAK AT 15
Marquette eliminates Illinois State
MILWAUKEE---Marquette extended its unbeaten streak to 15 games, defeating Illinois State 3-0 in an NCAA first round game at Valley Fields Friday night.
MU advances to the second round for the third consecutive year and will play the winner of the Princeton/West Virginia game, next weekend at a site to be determined
Marquette received a pair of first half goals from junior Lisa Philbin and senior Ally Miller, while sophomore Mary Luba notched MU's final tally midway through the second half.
The shut-out victory is Marquette's 16th clean sheet of the season, tying a program single-season record set in 2009. It was also the only time this season that Illinois State was held scoreless.
The Golden Eagles improve to 17-2-2 ( 9-0-1 BIG EAST) while the Missouri Valley Conference champion Redbirds fall to 13-5-2 (4-2-0 MVC).
Marquette wasted no time getting on the board, scoring just four minutes into the match. Senior Rachel Sloan took the ball down the far side of the field and into the box, where she sent a slow, dribbling pass to the near post. Philbin got a foot on the ball and tapped it into the net, giving MU the early 1-0 lead.
After a relentless offensive attack for the majority of the half, MU managed to tack on another goal in the 27th minute, when Miller launched a shot from 25 yards out that went through the keeper's hands and into the net. The goal was Miller's sixth of the season, and sent the Golden Eagles' into halftime with a 2-0 advantage.
Illinois State came out of the locker room with a renewed intensity and created several scoring opportunities in the opening minutes of the second half. The Redbirds' best chance came in the 55th minute when Rachel Tejada placed a shot into the upper corner of the net that forced freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel to knock it over the bar.
Engel notched three saves in the victory, and collected her seventh shutout of the season.
An ISU foul in the 69th minute set the stage for MU's third goal. Junior Emily Jacobson sent a pass into the middle of the box from just over 40 yards out that found Luba, who one-touched the ball past the keeper to extend MU's lead to 3-0.
The location of Marquette's second round match will depend on the outcome of the Utah State vs. No. 1 seed BYU game, which will be played tomorrow Saturday, Nov. 10 in Provo, Utah. If BYU wins, then MU will travel to Provo for its match against either West Virginia or Princeton. A BYU loss will send the second and third Round action to Valley Fields next weekend.