Sept. 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette women's soccer team (5-3-0) returns to Valley Fields on Saturday, Sept. 21 to host former conference foe, Louisville at 6 p.m. This is the lone game for the Golden Eagles this week before heading out on a three-game road trip.
MU is coming off of a 3-2 loss at Illinois State last Sunday. The Golden Eagles mounted a furious comeback that fell just short, after trailing 3-0 early in the contest. Senior Emily Jacobson scored both MU goals in the rally. It was a 1-1 week for Marquette after a 1-0 shutout victory over Colgate on Friday, Sept. 13.
Louisville enters the game with a 4-2-1 record. In their last outing, the Cardinals defeated UT-San Antonio, 1-0, when they scored on a penalty kick in the 80th minute. Charlyn Corral leads UofL with six goals and four assists this season. The Cardinals are riding a three-game winning streak.
Saturday is "MU Family" Alumni weekend. All women's soccer alumni will receive free admission to the game. Fans will also be given a ticket to attend Monday's game at Milwaukee free of charge. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Engelmann Field.
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.
Series History: Louisville is a familiar face for Marquette as both were members of Conference-USA and then the BIG EAST Conference until this season. Saturday will be the 23rd all-time meeting between the programs and MU owns a 15-6-1 overall record. The Golden Eagles defeated the `Cards 2-0 last season at Valley Fields.
Kelly Ties Record:
Senior Maegan Kelly
recorded her 33rd career assists on Friday against Colgate, which ties MU's all-time assists record. With her next assist she will become the all-time leader. Regina Sekyra has been the record holder since 1997- head coach Markus Roeders' second at the helm of the program. Kelly's four assists this season ranks tied for fifth in the BIG EAST.
Welcome to the Valley: Marquette's home unbeaten streak is still going strong after a 1-0 shutout over Colgate on Sept. 13. Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and own a 41-3-5 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- a streak of 15 matches.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 152-73 this season, including a 68-31 shots on goal margin. MU leads the conference with 151 shots and is averaging 18.88 per contest. The Golden Eagles defense is allowing just 3.88 shots on goal per game, which ranks third in the league. MU has outshot opponents in six games this season and holds a 5-1 record when this occurs.
Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and is 4-1 this season when two or more goals scored. The Golden Eagles defeated Portland State, 3-2, Oakland 4-1, Saint Mary's 3-0 and Colorado College, 3-1. Senior Taylor Madigan leads the squad with four goals this season and nine points, which is tied for fifth in the league and ranks second with 13 shots on goal.
Count on Vicker: Of the three goals junior Mady Vicker has scored this season, all three have been credited as game winning goals, which is second in the BIG EAST. Vicker is the second leading scorer on the Golden Eagles this season with seven points (3G, 1A).
Up Next: MU will hit the road for a three-game road swing. The Golden Eagles will play at crosstown foe, Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23 before opening BIG EAST play at Creighton (Sept. 26) and at Villanova (Sept. 29).