Seventh-ranked Marquette suffers loss to DePaul, postseason uncertain
CHICAGO -- Marquette suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to DePaul in the final match of the regular season on Friday at Wish Field.
With the loss, however, the Golden Eagles (10-5-2, 6-2-1 BIG EAST) must now wait until later on Friday to see where they finish in the league as well as their future seed in the upcoming Big East championship.
Marquette could still win the regular-season championship with a Georgetown loss or tie and a Xavier loss or tie. If the Golden Eagles end up in third place, they will host a Big East quarterfinal match Tuesday, while the top two seeds earn a bye into the semifinal round, which starts next Friday at PPL Park in Chester, Pa.
DePaul's starting goalkeeper Eric Sorby left the game in the 8th minute with an apparent broken finger, effectively ending the senior's collegiate career, giving way to freshman back-up Quentin Low.
Blue Demons midfielder Art Garza gave the home side -- and his replacement keeper -- an early 1-0 cushion in the 23rd minute. Teammate Jared Blincow sent a long cross to the far post that Garza headed past MU goalkeeper Charlie Lyon.
Six minutes later, Marquette striker C. Nortey equalized off a rebounded shot from Louis Bennett IIthat Nortey finished top-shelf on the back post to knot it up at 1-1. But the Golden Eagles found themselves chasing the game once again later in the half after DePaul's Koray Yesilli headed in a corner kick in the 34th minute to put the Blue Demons up 2-1.
DePaul finished the 2013 season at 5-11-2 and 1-7-1 in the Big East.
No. 3 Washington 2, Stanford 0
SEATTLE – Washington got a pair of goals from two players who have made limited appearances this season, as the No. 3 Huskies defeated Stanford 2-0 before a crowd of 2,425 on Friday night at Husky Soccer Stadium.
Freshman Mason Robertson headed in a Justin Schmidt corner-kick from 5 yards out to put the Huskies on the board 1-0 in the 30th minute. After half, sophomore Ian Lange, making his first appearance in weeks due to injury, drove home a pass from sophomore Michael Gallagher in the 79th minute.
With the win, the Huskies (12-1-4, 5-1-2 Pac-12) control their own destiny in the Pac-12. If the Huskies claim victories in their two remaining games they will claim the Pac-12 championship. It would be the Huskies first conference title in 13 years.
No. 4 Notre Dame 2, Pittsburgh 0
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- It didn't take Notre Dame long to make an impact in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Fighting Irish defeated Pittsburgh 2-0 on Friday evening at Alumni Stadium to lock up a share of the ACC regular-season title in just their first season in the league. Notre Dame finished tied with Maryland atop the conference standings.
The Fighting Irish (11-1-5, 7-1-3) now will shift their focus to the postseason. Notre Dame is the No. 2 seed for the ACC Championship and will play host to Duke on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The match is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) at Alumni Stadium.
Notre Dame controlled the majority of Friday's matchup against Pittsburgh. The Irish held a 13-1 advantage in shots on goal and they also earned 14 corner kicks compared to just one for the Panthers (1-11-4, 0-9-2).
No. 9 Georgetown 1, Villanova 0
WASHINGTON -- Villanova traveled to face a daunting proposition - earn a victory against No. 8 Georgetown Hoyas or face elimination from the final available spot in the Big East Championship. But a first half Hoya goal was the only score of the day and lifted Georgetown to a 1-0 win past Villanova.
The Hoyas improve to 13-4-1 overall, 6-2-1 Big East while the Wildcats ended the regular season with a 8-9-1 mark, 3-6-0 in the conference. With the defeat, Villanova is eliminated from contention for one of the sixth berths in the conference playoffs, which begin Tuesday.
No. 10 Maryland 2, Virginia Tech 1, OT
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Freshman Alessandro Mion scored a goal in the 88th minute to knot the game at 1-1, but the Hokies failed to hold on as they fell to No. 5 Maryland 2-1 in overtime at Thompson Field on Friday night.
Regular time would end in a tie and the game would head into overtime. Maryland would find its second goal just one minute into the first overtime period to win the game and end the Hokies’ season.
Goalkeeper Kyle Renfro finished out the match and his career at Virginia Tech with an impressive nine saves, moving him into a tie for third place all-time with former Hokie Mark Buzzy in career saves with 305.