Marquette takes home program's first Big East championship with win
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. -- Junior Taylor Madigan's goal in the 87th minute of the 2012 Big East Championship lifted Marquette (16-2-2) ahead of Georgetown (15-3-3) 1-0 on Sunday at Rentschler Field. The Golden Eagles won their first Big East Championship title in program history.
"First, congratulations to Georgetown on a great game, you can tell how tightly contested it was," head coach Markus Roeders said. "Both teams had chances and I don't know if you could have drawn it up any better. For Taylor to come through for us and score a goal was great. It allowed us to lift a trophy [Sunday]. This is a huge day for the program and Marquette and everyone involved. This really was a culmination of everything that we have been working for as a program."
The game was tightly contested throughout and was locked at 0-0 up until the 87th minute. MU had a few good looks that were saved by Georgetown's goalkeeper, Emma Newkins. The Golden Eagles owned a 12-3 advantage on shots and had eight shots on goal.
Madigan's goal was played into the middle box from senior Rachael Sloan, who was credited for the assist. Madigan played the ball off of a foot of a Georgetown player and sank the ball into the left corner of the net. It was her eighth this season.
Marquette held the Hoyas off in the final three minutes and claimed its first championship title.
Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel recorded two saves in 90 minutes and earned her 12th win this season.
Senior Ally Miller, Madigan and classmate Maegan Kellyand Engel were all named to the Big East All-Tournament team. Miller was named Most Outstanding Defensive Player and Madigan earned Most Outstanding Offensive Player honors.