Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play at Creighton on Thursday

Vanessa Legault-Cordisco

Vanessa Legault-Cordisco

Sept. 24, 2013

MILWAUKEE--A 5-0 rout over crosstown foe Milwaukee has the Marquette women's soccer team entering its ninth season of BIG EAST Conference play on a wave of momentum. The Golden Eagles (7-3) will travel to new conference member, Creighton, on Thursday, Sept. 26 for a 7 p.m. CT kick-off.

MU enters league play with a two-game winning streak after the 5-0 victory at Milwaukee and a 3-2 double overtime win over Louisville on Sept. 21. At UWM on Monday, the Golden Eagles had five different goal scorers and had 23 players see action in the contest. Seniors Maegan Kelly and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, juniors Mady Vicker and Mary Luba, along with freshman Liz Bartels each recorded a goal. It was the first goal of the season for Legault-Cordisco and the first collegiate goal for Bartels.

Creighton enters the game with a 7-2 overall record and seven game winning streak after opening the season 0-2. The Bluejays are 6-0 at home this season and are led by Kirstyn Corder with five goals and Kelsey O'Donnell and Paige Jarsombeck who have each recorded four goals this season.

The game can be viewed for a fee at gocreighton.com. A link to livestats is also available. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter-@MUwomenssoccer.

Series History: Thursday is the fifth all-time meeting between MU and Creighton. The two squads have not faced each other since Oct. 27,1996 at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles won that contest in a 2-1 overtime decision.

Big East Opener: Thursday marks the BIG EAST opener for both squads and the first-ever BIG EAST Conference game for Creighton as a new member. Marquette begins its ninth season of BIG EAST play and has had great success in conference lidlifters with a 7-1 record. The lone loss was Sept. 8, 2006 in a 1-0 decision at USF.

 

 

Conference Tops: The Golden Eagles are defending four-time BIG EAST American division champions and the reigning BIG EAST Tournament Champions. The new look conference will not have divisions and each team will play each other one time this season. MU has an impressive 37-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. Last year, Marquette compiled a 9-0-1 record with just a double overtime draw at former member Connecticut. The Golden Eagles have also won conference championships as a member of C-USA in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000.

Kelly Breaks Record: In the 49th minute of the game at Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23, senior Maegan Kelly became Marquette's all-time assists leader with her 34th career assist Regina Sekyra has been the record holder since 1997- head coach Markus Roeders' second at the helm of the program. Kelly has five assists this season, which is tied for fifth in league play. She was named the conference Offensive Player of Week after a two-goal performance, including the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Louisville last week.

Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and owns a 6-1 this season when two or more goals scored. The lone loss was a 3-2 defeat at Illinois State. Four different players have scored four goals this season. Maegan Kelly leads the squad with 13 points, while Taylor Madigan has tallied 11 points.

D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season. The Golden Eagles have recorded three shutouts this year, including a 5-0 rout at Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23. The defense allowed just one shot on goal in the contest and has allowed just 38 all season, which ranks second in the BIG EAST.

Helping Each Other: The Golden Eagles have multiple options to look at in goal scorers this season. 12 different players have scored for MU in 10 contests and four different players have scored four goals- Maegan Kelly, Taylor Madigan, Mary Luba and Mady Vicker.

Up Next: MU concludes its three-game road trip at Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 29. The Golden Eagles return to Valley Fields to host St. John's on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.