MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee women's soccer team made a late push but could not find the equalizer, falling to Marquette by a final score of 1-0 Monday night at Valley Fields.
The Panthers (7-1-0) did put their names into the NCAA record book with the tough loss to the Golden Eagles (2-6-1), however, seeing their 27-game unbeaten streak go down as the 12th-longest in NCAA Division I history. The win was also the first for Marquette in the series since 2013.
"It took us a little bit to get adjusted to the pace in the first half," head coach Troy Fabiano said. "Second half, we gave ourselves eight corner kicks and outshot them. It was a tale of two halves. The one quality shot they had in the second half, they capitalized on a set piece and scored."
The lone goal came in the 73rd minute, with Bri Jaeger heading in a free kick from near the sideline after a foul call.
"I don't even look at the streak," Fabiano said. "We created chances and didn't finish them. I told the girls, the effort was there, but sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce our way and tonight it didn't bounce our way."
Milwaukee pushed forward late in search of the equalizer that unfortunately never came. McKaela Schmelzer slotted one just wide in the 79th minute. That came just after a flurry of MKE shots, including a curling ball from the sideline off the foot of Jelena Sever that nearly snuck in at the far post in the 78th.
The Panthers also had a look at the goal in the 58th minute, but Chandler McDaniel's one-timer off a well-placed pass from Lourdes Onwuemeka was saved with a diving stop by Maddy Henry at the post.
Henry finished with six saves on the evening, including an impressive stop of a penalty kick in the 80th minute.
The first half was pretty quiet by traditional standards between these teams, with Marquette ending up holding the 6-to-3 advantage in shots at intermission.
Possession was split fairly evenly in the period, with the Golden Eagles putting together the majority of the half-chances. Elaina LaMacchia made a pair of easy saves, jumping high to snag the only real threat out of the air for the third stop.
Sever put one on target in the 36th minute, while Mackenzie Schill sent a one-timer a few feet wide of the right post in the 43rd on a nice feed from McKenna Stratton.
For the game, Marquette grabbed the 14-to-12 edge in total shots, as well as the 7-6 edge in shots on target. MKE earned 10 of the 12 corner kicks in the contest.
LaMacchia finished with six saves, while Sever led the offense with three shot attempts.
Up next, the team gets a few days off to prepare for its next Horizon League match, welcoming UIC to Engelmann Stadium Saturday night. Game time against the Flames is set for 7 p.m.