Oct. 5, 2007
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - An attempted cross into the box bounced off an opposing player and was directed into the left corner of the net for the game's lone goal, and Villanova (7-1-4, 1-1-2 Big East) suffered its first loss of the season, 1-0, on Friday night to Marquette (10-1-1, 3-1-0 Big East) at Valley Fields. Anna Sawicki's goal in the 66th minute accounted for the lone score of the game and ended the Wildcats unbeaten streak at 11 games.
The second half featured an even flow of play between the two teams and Villanova took five of its seven shots in the game in the final 45 minutes. However, a series of possessions by the Golden Eagles inside the attacking third created a chance for Sawicki, who tallied her fourth goal of the season.
Senior goalkeeper Jillian Loyden (Vineland, N.J.) finished the day with four saves on the five shots on goal by Marquette and in the process broke a career school record for the third time this season. Loyden, who has already broken the victories and shutouts records this season, eclipsed the mark for minutes played in tonight's game. She has now played 6,687:25 in her career and surpassed the mark of 6,684:21 held by Janel Schillig (1998-01).
The teams played a scoreless first half in which the best scoring chance came on Ashley Bares' hard shot in the middle of the box with 4:48 remaining before the intermission. Loyden came forward and blocked the shot with her hands to the side of the net and the Wildcats were able to clear the possession outside of their own territory.
Villanova generated several strong attack opportunities in the second half, including a shot by junior Erin Hardiman (Galloway, N.J.) that was just wide right of the net in the 70th minute and an attempt by sophomore Erin Byrnes (Sayville, N.Y.) that was saved by the Golden Eagles goalkeeper, Laura Boyer, in the 84th minute. Boyer made her lone save of the game on that shot to maintain the Marquette lead.
The 11-game unbeaten streak for the Wildcats matched the second-longest in program history and was similar to a 15-game streak (13-0-2) that the team had last season. The streak in 2006 also came started with the beginning of the season and was snapped in a 1-0 loss. Villanova has been scored on in just five of its last 15 regular season BIG EAST games since the beginning of last season.
The Wildcats continue their road swing on Sunday afternoon with a 1 p.m. game at the University of South Florida. Live stats and streaming video are available for the game, and links will be posted at www.villanova.com on Sunday prior to the game. In the Tampa area, the game will also be televised on Catch 47.