Oct. 2, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The No. RV/21 Marquette women's soccer team (9-3-0, 2-0-0) looks to extend a four-game win streak and remain undefeated in BIG EAST play as it welcomes St. John's to Valley Fields on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles began league play 2-0 and lead the conference with six points. MU had a 3-0 week last week with victories at Milwaukee, Creighton and Villanova. Senior Maegan Kelly leads the squad in points with 13, while junior Mady Vicker has a team-high five goals this season. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel has a 9-3 record in net with four shutouts and a 1.17 goals against average, which ranks sixth in the conference.
St. John's enters Thursday's game with a 7-1-2 overall record and 1-0-1 in the BIG EAST. The Red Storm defeated Xavier, 2-0 and ended in a 0-0 double overtime draw against Creighton. St. John's has allowed just two goals this season. Sophomore Rachel Daly leads the squad and the NCAA with 13 goals this season and 2.8 points per game. Freshman goalkeeper Diana Poulin has a .230 goals against average and a .947 save percentage.
Thursday is Marquette's annual Kicks for a Cure pink game. All fans in attendance are encouraged to wear pink to encourage cancer awareness. The first 150 students will receive a pink glowstick. While supplies last, hot dogs, soda and chips are just $1 at the concession stand.
The game can be viewed on GameTracker at gomarquette.com. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Thursday is ninth all-time meeting between Marquette and St. John's and the Golden Eagles own an 8-0 record over the Red Storm. Last season, MU earned a 3-0 victory at Valley Fields.
Welcome to the Valley:
Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 42-3-5 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 16 matches.
Conference Tops: Marquette owns an impressive 39-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles opened BIG EAST weekend with a 2-0 record, earning six points in the standings. MU leads the conference in shots with 225 and is averaging 18.75 per game. The Golden Eagles are also tied for second with 28 total goals and rank third in assists with 22.
BIG EAST Accolades: Sophomore Amanda Engel was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week and freshman Liz Bartels earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors following a 3-0 week for the Golden Eagles. Engel recorded two shutouts and allowed just one goal, while stopping a penalty kick at Villanova. Bartels scored her first collegiate goals last week and also recorded an assist at Milwaukee. Her game-winning goal at Creighton lifted MU over the Bluejays, 2-1.
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.
Count on Vicker: Junior Mady Vicker has been a reliable scorer this season and has helped put away games for the Golden Eagles. Vicker leads the squad with five goals, and four have been game-winners. Vicker scored MU's lone goal in a 1-0 victory at Villanova on Sunday. She scored two goals for Marquette last week and was named College Sports Madness' BIG EAST Player of the Week for her performance.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season. The Golden Eagles have recorded four shutouts this year, including a 1-0 victory at Villanova. MU allowed just one goal last week and just eight shots on goal in the three contests. Marquette has an 8-1 record when outshooting its opponents this season.
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 11 contests. Junior Mady Vicker has a team-high five goals, while three different players have scored four goals- Maegan Kelly, Taylor Madigan and Mary Luba.
Up Next: Marquette will travel to new-BIG EAST member, Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 6. Kick-off is slated for noon CT.