Aug 29, 2013
The No. 20/25 Marquette women's soccer team (1-1) travels to Notre Dame this weekend to compete in the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Golden Eagles will take on No. 4/2 UCLA on Friday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m. CT before facing Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. CT at Alumni Stadium.
MU went 1-1 on a road trip out west to open the 2013 season. The Golden Eagles fell to then-No. 15 Portland, 1-0, but bounced back with a 3-2 victory at Portland State. Seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan, along with junior Mady Vicker each tallied a goal in the contest.
No. 4/2 UCLA (2-0) opened its season with a 4-0 defeat over Northeastern and blanked Cal State Northridge 3-0 in Los Angeles. The Bruins were picked to win the Pac-12 have nine starters returning from last season's squad. UCLA outshot opponents 31-4 in its opening weekend.
This is the just the third meeting between MU and the Bruins and UCLA own a 2-0 record in the series. The two squads met in the 2005 NCAA Tournament and the Bruins advanced with a 4-0 victory over the Golden Eagles.
Livestats can be viewed at www.und.com.
Kelly Watch: Senior Maegan Kelly has 30 career assists through three completed seasons at Marquette. She currently ranks second on MU's all-time leaders list with 30 and needs just four more assists to become Marquette's career assists leader. Regina Sekyra (1994-97) currently ranks first with 33. Kelly dished out one assist at Portland State last weekend.
Hot Shooting: Marquette outshot opponents 37-17 in its opening weekend. Of those 37, 14 shots were on goal and the squad ranks third amongst conference teams. The Golden Eagles outshot Portland State (8/25) 26-6 in the 3-2 victory. 12 of MU's shots came on goal.
MU is ranked in the top-25 in all four major polls this week. The Golden Eagles are No. 20 in the NSCAA and TopDrawerSoccer poll, No. 25 in the Soccer America poll and No. 11 in CollegeSportsMadness' poll.
Back-to-Back Tests: For the second consecutive weekend, the Golden Eagles will face a ranked opponent. UCLA enters Friday's game with a No. 4/2 ranking in national polls. MU went 0-1-1 against teams ranked in the top-5 last season, falling to No. 4 Duke, 5-2 in regular season and ending in a 0-0 draw against No. 2 BYU in the NCAA Sweet 16 last season. The last time Marquette defeated an opponent ranked in the top-10 was a 4-1 victory over then-No. 6 Notre Dame on Sept. 30, 2005 at Valley Fields.
Marquette Debut: Three freshmen made their collegiate debuts in two games last weekend. Morgan Proffitt earned a starting role in both contests and played all 90 minutes, while Ashley Handwork and Liz Bartels subbed in to play both games. Handwork took three shots combined in the two contests, while Proffitt took two shots at Portland State, both of which were on goal. Bartels also took two shots at Portland State.
National Recognition:Seniors Maegan Kelly and Emily Jacobson have been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Top 100 list to open 2013. The duo rounded out the Top 50 spots with Kelly earning a spot at No. 20 and Jacobson at No. 45. Kelly was also named to the website's Preseason Best XI Second Team.
Keeping It in the Family: Marquette has tabbed former all-conference standout player, Ashley Bares as its newest assistant coach, announced earlier this week. Bares was a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree during her career. Following her time as a Golden Eagles Bares played professionally in Iceland and earned a Golden Boot Award as the top striker. Bares will coach alongside head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez who are entering their 18th season together.
Soccer Madness: Seniors Emily Jacobson and Maegan Kelly continue to earn national recognition among soccer media as CollegeSportsMadness has named both as Preseason All-Americans. Jacobson was selected to the preseason second team, while Kelly earned a spot on the fourth team.
Returning Scoring: Marquette returns its top two scoring leaders from last season in seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan. The duo combined for 51 points on 17 goals and 17 assists. Classmate Kate Reigle was MU's fourth scoring leader in 2012 with five goals and five assists. Juniors Mary Luba and Mady Vicker each posted four goals and four assists a year ago to help the Golden Eagles.
Up Next: MU will host the Marquette Invitational Sept. 6 and Sept. 8. The Golden Eagles welcome Loyola-Chicago, Colorado College and St. Mary's to Valley Fields. MU's home opener is Friday, sept. 6 against St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m.