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Less than two minutes later, senior preseason conference all-first team selection Kristen Jensen scored after she steadied an assist from Kristie Matola and blasted it at St. Louis goalkeeper Amanda Martin. Martin tried to deflect the ball, but did not hit it hard enough as Jensen’s kick sailed into the corner of the net.

Freshman forward Meghan Connelly scored the winning goal, and her first of the season, from 15 yards out after Matola found her posted in the box just before the end of the first half.

“This season has had its ups and downs but it feels good (to end the season with a win),” Connelly said. “It’s good for the seniors and right before we go into the conference tournament.”

Previous matches against the Bilikins have also been close games.

“If you look back at history, our matches against St. Louis, ever since we (first) played them, have always been close,” head coach Markus Roeders said. “I think four out of the last five years have been ties, they beat us here in maybe 1996, and our senior class last year beat them for the first time in the conference tournament. I thought (St. Louis) came out pretty strong. It took us about 20 minutes to settle down, but once we possessed the ball better we were really effective. We got back (in the game) so quickly, after that, you know, it like ‘let’s play’ and we continued that into the second half.”

Friday at DePaul, the Blue Demons snapped Marquette’s four game winning streak with a 1-0 victory.

At the 66th minute, off a corner kick, Kelly DeBaene headed in a ball past Bissen. The goal was the first by DePaul against Marquette in their eight matches with each other, as Marquette has outscored the rival 26-0 in their series.

Marquette had 11 shots compared to DePaul’s 12 and put zero shots on goal. Bissen had six saves and Blue Demons’ goalkeeper Lindsey Deason had five.

“The game was so emotionally devastating,” associate coach Frank Pelaez said. “Everyone knew they didn’t do what they had to do.”

“We were just disappointed,” Roeders said. “We let something slip away and it was a difficult environment to play in and we had to come from behind.”

The Golden Eagles will play their last home game of the season Friday at 7p.m against Northwestern. The match will be Senior Night for the Marquette seniors.

“The seniors, they will give everything they have just like they have other the last four years,” Roeders said. “That’s a special group of players.”

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