Sept. 15, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The University of Pittsburgh women's soccer team dropped its Big East opener at nationally-ranked Marquette, 3-0 on Thursday night.
The eighth-ranked Golden Eagles (8-1-0) extended their regular season unbeaten streak in the Big East to 19 matches, going 18-1-0 in that span. Their last loss in the conference was a 3-1 defeat to Rutgers on Oct. 2, 2009.
The Panthers (1-6-2) saw their three-match win streak in the conference come to an end. They closed out last regular season with shutout wins over Villanova, Providence and Connecticut.
Maegan Kelly put Marquette up 1-0, scoring her conference-leading ninth goal of the season. Megan Jaskowiak assisted on the score, which came in the 24th minute.
The Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead on Lindsey Page's goal from 15 yards out in the 32nd minute. Page's third goal of the season was assisted by Emily Jacobson.
Kate Reigle finished the scoring with her goal in the 63rd minute, giving the Golden Eagles a 3-0 lead. Reigle finished with a header off a cross from Ashley Stemmeler.
Marquette out-shot Pitt 18-4, including a 14-2 advantage in shots on goal. The Panthers held a slight 5-4 edge in corner kicks.
Ashley Cuba and Dana DelleFemine had shots on goal for the Panthers.
Natalie Kulla made two saves to record her fourth shutout of the season. Pitt goalie Kristina Rioux, the Big East leader in saves, kept the Panthers in the game early with eight saves in the first half. She finished with 11.
Pitt will look to get back on track and even its conference record with a home match against USF on Sunday. The match is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Ambrose Urbanic Field.