For the first time since the advent of the league’s 10-team format in 2005, the four remaining teams in the 2010 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship reside from one division. All four American Division teams won on Sunday, including UConn’s upset of National Division No. 1 seed Notre Dame.
The Huskies are the No. 4 seed in the American Division and won at Notre Dame 2-0. The win snapped Notre Dame’s 77-match unbeaten streak (72-0-5) against conference opponents. UConn also handed the Fighting Irish their first loss to a league foe since Marquette beat Notre Dame on Sept. 30, 2005. In addition, the Huskies became the first league opponent to win at Notre Dame in 100 matches dating back to Oct. 6, 1995 when UConn posted a 5-4 victory.
American Division No. 1 seed Marquette beat National Division No. 4 seed DePaul 3-0. The Golden Eagles have won 12 in a row and secured their fifth berth to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals. Sophomore Rachel Brown scored the Golden Eagles first goal in the 30th minute off a header. Two late scores coming in the 80th and 83rd minutes iced it. Marquette holds the nation’s fourth-longest active win streak.
American Division No. 2 seed West Virginia beat National Division No. 3 seed Rutgers 1-0. Junior Blake Miller headed home a pass from freshman Frances Silva as the Mountaineers won their school-record 10th straight. It also marks the sixth straight season West Virginia has advanced to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. “This team just keeps finding ways to win,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “We’ve won close ones and we’ve won games from behind. Today, we battled and finished a great opportunity.”
American Division No. 3 seed USF won on the road at Georgetown 1-0 in double-overtime. Junior Venicia Reid's goal in the 109th minute of the match sent the Bulls to the BIG EAST Championship semifinals for the first time in program history.
Junior goalkeeper Nicole McClure was impressive in goal for the Bulls making seven saves for her eighth shutout of the year. The win avenges a 3-1 loss dealt to the Bulls earlier this season by the Hoyas and adds a quality win over a top 20 RPI team to the Bulls postseason resume. The Bulls came into the match with an RPI of 46 and will likely move up thanks to the win.
The 2010 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship returns to Piscataway, N.J., for the fifth time in the 18-year history of the event. It is just the second time this decade and the first time since 2003 that the championship is being held at Rutgers on Yurcak Field.
UConn and West Virginia will square off on Friday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m. ET, followed by Marquette and USF. The winners will play Sunday at Noon, ET.
CBS College Sports will televise all three games of the championship live. In addition, Sunday’s title game will be broadcast live online as well as numerous regional sports networks including the league’s flagship affiliate, SNY - SportsNet New York.