Sep 5, 2013
MILWAUKEE-- The No. 25 Marquette women's soccer team (2-2) is happy to return to Valley Fields for its 2013 home opener when the Golden Eagles host St. Mary's on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. CT as part of the first annual Marquette Invitational. The game will follow Loyola-Chicago vs. Colorado College, which is set to kick-off at 5 p.m. on Friday.
MU went 1-1 last weekend at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Golden Eagles fell in a 2-1 battle to then No. 4 UCLA before picking up a convincing 4-1 decision over Oakland. Senior Ashley Stemmeler and juniors, Alex Heffron, Mady Vicker and Mary Luba each recorded a goal in the game.
St. Mary's owns a 1-3 record heading into Friday's game. The Gael's fell in both of their outings last weekend; a 2-0 decision to Colorado and another 2-0 outing against No. 25 Denver. St. Mary's has recorded 56 shots this season, while its opponents are recording 59.
The matchup is the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Friday is Root Beer Float night at the Valley. Root beer floats will be free for all students and a $1 donation for all other fans in attendance. The game is also a double fanatic point night and camper reunion night.
Fans Should Arrive Early: Fans of both teams are encouraged buy tickets in advance and arrive early due to limited seating for home matches. Capacity for men's and women's soccer games at Valley Fields this fall is capped at 500 fans until the ongoing stadium project is finished in early October. Single-game and season tickets can be ordered online at GoMarquette.com/tickets. Purchase of 2013 season tickets includes a Marquette soccer scarf and admission to all home men's and women's soccer matches.
Senior Maegan Kelly
has 31 career assists through three completed seasons at Marquette. She currently ranks second on MU's all-time leaders list with 31 and needs just three more assists to become Marquette's career assists leader. Regina Sekyra (1994-97) currently ranks first with 33 assists.
Tournament Honors: Seniors Emily Jacobson and Taylor Madigan were named to the Notre Dame adidas Invitational all-tournament team following the conclusion of last weekend's games. Madigan handed out the assist on freshman Ashley Handwork's goal for the Golden Eagles against No. 4 UCLA. Jacobson anchored MU's defense for the weekend and helped hold the Bruins to just three shots on goal.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 71-43 this season and own a 26-14 shots on goal advantage. The Golden Eagles' 71 shots ranks third amongst BIG EAST squads, while their 17.75 shots per game average ranks fourth. MU held No. 4 UCLA to just three shots on goal in the 2-1 loss last Friday, and recorded five.
Welcome to the Valley: The Golden Eagles made their first appearance on their home field, Valley Fields on Friday. Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and own a 39-3-5 record throughout the past four seasons. The Golden Eagles have not lost a game at Valley Fields since Oct. 30, 2011 when they fell to Notre Dame in a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals contest.
Helping Handwork: Freshman Ashley Handwork scored her first collegiate goal against No. 4 UCLA last weekend, which was also the lone goal for the Golden Eagles in the 2-1 loss. Handwork wasted no time getting MU on the board as she finished a feed from senior Taylor Madigan on the left wing to score eight yards out, just 45 seconds into the game.
Weekly Rankings: Marquette is ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA/TopDrawerSoccer.com poll this week and fell out of the Top 25 in the Soccer America poll. The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 22 in the CollegeSportsMadness poll.
MU Trio Earns Preseason Accolades: Seniors Maegan Kelly, Emily Jacobson and Taylor Madigan were all picked to the All-BIG EAST preseason squad as picked by the conference head coaches. The trio all earned all-conference recognition at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
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 Colgate on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m at Valley Fields. Fans of both teams are encouraged buy tickets in advance and arrive early due to limited seating for home matches. Capacity for men's and women's soccer games at Valley Fields this fall is capped at 500 fans until the ongoing stadium project is finished in early October.