No. 7 Marquette blows by Syracuse
Roundup: No. 4 Wake Forest, No. 10 UNC battle to 0-0 draw
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Seventh-ranked Marquette scored four second-half goals to defeat Syracuse 4-0 and earn its eighth consecutive win on Sunday afternoon at Syracuse Stadium.
With the win, the Golden Eagles clinch home field advantage for the Big East tournament quarterfinals and improve to 16-2-0 (9-1-0 Big East) on the season, while Syracuse drops to 7-6-3 (5-4-0 Big East) overall.
After a scoreless first half in which MU held a 4-3 advantage in shots the Golden Eagles came out of the intermission on fire and scored three of their four goals within the first 15 minutes of the second frame. Maegan Kelly scored Marquette’s first two goals in the 48th and 54th minutes, respectively, while Ally Miller added the third in the 60th minute and Britney Scott tacked on the final goal of the game in the 77th minute.
Marquette finished the game out-shooting the Orange, 9-8. Natalie Kulla earned her ninth shutout of the season, and 41st of her career, while making three saves for the Golden Eagles.
No. 4 Wake Forest 0, No. 10 North Carolina 0 (2OT)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Aubrey Bledsoe earned her 10th shutout of the season, setting a new Wake Forest single-season record, as the No. 4 Demon Deacons played to a 0-0 draw with No. 10 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon at Fetzer Field.
In the pivotal ACC match, the Demon Deacons (11-1-3, 4-0-3 ACC) remained the only unbeaten team in conference play and sit in fourth place in the standings with 15 points, one point behind North Carolina (10-2-1, 5-1-1 ACC), Virginia and Duke which are all tied for the ACC lead. The Deacons will host the No. 3 Blue Devils on Thursday at Spry Stadium.
It was the first time in 15 matches that the Demon deacons left Fetzer Field with anything other than a loss. After going only 1-25 in its first 26 overall matches against the storied North Carolina program, Wake Forest has now earned a result in two consecutive metings. The Deacons knocked the Heels out of last year's ACC Tournament in a shootout in the semifinals.
Bledsoe's 10th clean sheet of the year moved her past Erin Regan for first place in the Wake Forest single-season record books. The Demon Deacons have pitched their fourth consecutive shutout, all against ACC opposition, and have not allowed a goal in the last 443:46.
No. 5 Pepperdine 2, Loyola Marymount 0
LOS ANGELES -- Fifth-ranked Pepperdine topped Loyola Marymount 2-0 at Sullivan Field on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Karissa Garcia and Anisa Guajardo proved to be enough for the Waves to remain undefeated on the season at 11-0-4 overall and 3-0 in the West Coast Conference play.
The victory was the first for the Waves against the Lions since 2005 and their first victory at LMU since 1996. Pepperdine also extended the longest winning streak in school history to 16 games with the win.
At the 23:39 mark of the first half the Waves struck as Michelle Pao fed Laura Cole at the top of the box who fired a hard shot that hit the left post. The ball ricocheted back out to the feet of Garcia, who put the ball away into the open net. The goal was the second of the season for Garcia and put the Waves up 1-0.
The 1-0 score held on into halftime. The Waves outshot the Lions 9-1 in the half and earned two corner kicks to the Lions' zero.
With 25 minutes left in the second half the ball was dropped back to Katie Gallanes who took a low hard shot that hit the left post and came back out to Guajardo who found the lower left corner of the net to put the Waves ahead 2-0. The goal was her ninth of the season.
The 2-0 score held up through the final whistle, giving the Waves the victory. Roxanne Barker finished with two saves and earned her seventh shutout of the season for Pepperdine.
No. 8 Memphis 2, Colorado College 1
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- No. 8 Memphis (15-0-1, 7-0-1 C-USA) defeated Conference-USA foe Colorado College (7-6-3, 5-2-1 C-USA) by a 2-1 count on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Memphis finishes unbeaten at home for the first time in the program history with a record of 7-0-1.
Memphis got on the board first in the 29th minute when redshirt freshman Kelly Gravlin scored her third goal of the season. Gravlin collected a loose ball at the top of the box and beat Colorado College goalkeeper Hanna Berglund to the lower right corner for the unassisted goal. Gravlin's goal was Memphis' 15th first-half goal of the 2011 campaign.
Colorado College tied the game in the 34th minute on a penalty kick by freshman midfielder Jessie Ayers. The goal was Ayers fourth on the season and only the third first-half goal allowed by Memphis on the year. The battle of the Tigers would go into halftime tied 1-1.
The second half saw Memphis tighten things up on defense. In the 61st minute, Colorado College played a ball into the box, but Elise Kuhar-Pitters came off her line to knock the ball away. Kuhar-Pitters was unable to corral the rebound and Brittney Lyman headed the ball on goal, but the Memphis netminder recovered to track the ball down just inches before crossing the goal line. Kuhar-Pitters finished the game with two saves, bringing her season total to 46.
In the 61st minute, Christabel Oduro received the ball from the Tiger forward Melissa Smith in the box, and booted it to the right post. The assist by Smith was her fourth on the year, while the goal was Oruro's eighth overall and her fourth game-winner of the 2011 season. Oduro currently leads Memphis in points (19) and goals scored.
No. 17 Florida State 1, No. 9 Boston College 0
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No. 17 Florida State (10-6-0, 3-5-0 ACC) got a goal from freshman Dagny Brynjarsdottir in the 84th minute to defeat ninth-ranked Boston College (9-3-2, 4-3-0 ACC) 1-0 on Sunday afternoon at the Seminole Soccer Complex.
Brynjarsdottir put away a header from close range off passes from Tiffany McCarty and Katie Riley to record her first career game-winning goal.
With the score tied at zero and overtime looming, McCarty played a nice cross from the left sideline to Riley, who one-timed the pass with a header into the box. Brynjarsdottir was right there to one-time the pass with a header of her own inside the left post and just beyond the outstretched arms of Eagles goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni for the goal to give the Seminoles all the scoring they would need on Sunday.
"I was in the right place at the right moment," Brynjarsdottir said. "When I saw the ball coming to her (Katie), I noticed that she was not going to head it to the goal, so I continued my run and was fortunate to finish the play."
The Seminoles recorded their seventh shutout of the season and second in league play as the defense shut down the BC offense limiting the Eagles to just three shots on goal the entire game.
Game information and photos compiled from athletic department websites.