No. 20/25 Marquette Set to Face Oakland on Sunday

Ashley Handwork

Ashley Handwork

Aug 31, 2013

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- The No. 20/25 Marquette women's soccer team (1-2) will conclude action in the Notre Dame adidas Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 1 when the squad takes on Oakland at 10 a.m. CT at Alumni Stadium.

MU fell 2-1 to No. 4 UCLA on Friday evening. Freshman Ashley Handwork scored the lone goal for the Golden Eagles, which was her first collegiate goal. Senior Taylor Madigan dished out the assist. Marquette had five shots on goal in the contest.

Oakland (1-2) was blanked by host school Notre Dame on Friday in the second game of the tournament. Oakland trailed 1-0 throughout the first half until the Irish fired three goals in the second half.

This will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two programs and the Golden Grizzlies own a 3-1 advantage in the series. The most recent meeting was Sept. 5, 2004 in Rochester and the Golden Eagles fell, 3-1.

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.

Handwork Helps: Freshman Ashley Handwork scored her first collegiate goal on Friday, which was the Golden Eagles lone goal against No. 4 UCLA. Handwork has played in all three games this season and made her first start on Friday.

Weekly Rankings: 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.

 

 

Madigan Makes a Mark: Senior Taylor Madigan dished out the assist on Ashley Handwork's goal against UCLA on Friday. This was the first assist for Madigan this season and the eighth of her career. Madigan scored her first goal of the season last weekend in a 3-2 victory at Portland State.

Back-to-Back Tests: For the second consecutive weekend, the Golden Eagles faced a ranked opponent. UCLA entered Friday's game with a No. 4/2 ranking in national polls and MU is no 0-2 this season against ranked opponents. The Golden Eagles 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.

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.

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.

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.