Oct. 10, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The No. RV/18 Marquette women's soccer team (11-3, 4-0) is set for a showdown with No. 6/8 Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 13 in the newly renovated stadium at Valley Fields in what will be a rematch from last season's BIG EAST Championship contest.
The Golden Eagles are on a six-game winning streak after recording a 3-0 shutout on the road at Xavier last Sunday and are ranked 11th in the national RPI. Senior Katie Hishmeh, junior Mary Luba and sophomore Shalese Miller each tallied a goal in the contest. MU is led by senior Maegan Kelly with 16 points (5G, 6A), while Luba has 14 points with a team-high six goals and two assists this year.
Georgetown is unbeaten this season with an 11-0-2 overall record and 3-0-1 mark in BIG EAST action. Its 13-game unbeaten streak is the longest in program history. The Hoyas are led by Daphne Corboz who has 18 points with four goals and 10 assists, while Kaitlin Brenn also has 18 points on seven goals and four assists.
All fans are encouraged to wear GOLD as we try and gold-out the stadium. The first 250 students will receive "We Are Marquette" rally towels. The first 125 fans will receive a ticket to attend the first-ever Marquette pumpkin patch at the conclusion of the match. Fans will be able to pick a pumpkin and meet the Golden Eagle, Marquette cheerleads and the Marquette women's soccer team.
Live video is available for free at gomarquette.com, along with a link to GameTracker. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Sunday will mark the fourth time that Marquette and Georgetown will meet on the field and the Golden Eagles own a 2-1 all-time record in the series. Last season, MU met the Hoyas in the BIG EAST Championship game in Hartford, Conn., and the Golden Eagles won, 1-0, on a game-winning goal from Taylor Madigan in the 87th minute.
Welcome to the Valley:
Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 43-3-5 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 17 matches.
Conference Leaders: Marquette owns an impressive 41-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles are 4-0 in the BIG EAST and lead the conference with 12 points. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at former-member West Virginia. Marquette has scored 34 goals this season, which is tied for second among the conference and is averaging 2.43 goals per game, moving up to 25th in the NCAA. The matchup with Georgetown will go a long way in determining the regular season BIG EAST Champion. The Hoyas are currently in second place in the league standings with a 3-0-1 record and 10 points.
BIG EAST Accolades: Sophomore Amanda Engel was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for the second week in-a-row and senior Katie Hishmeh was awarded honor roll accolades for the second time this season after a 2-0 week for the Golden Eagles. Engel allowed just one goal and recorded two saves, along with her fifth clean sheet of the season. Hishmeh anchored MU's back line through two games and tallied the game-winning goal, her first of the season, at Xavier.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. 14 different players have contributes to at least one of the 34 goals MU has scored this season. Junior Mary Luba leads the squad with a team-high six goal, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST, while senior Maegan Kelly and junior Mady Vicker have each tallied five goals. Four of Vicker's goals have been game-winner, a mark that ranks second in the league.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 266-117 this season, including a 127-48 shots on goal margin. MU leads the conference with 18.93 per contest, while seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan are tied for fifth in the BIG EAST with 35 shots a piece. MU has outshot opponents in 11 games this season and holds a 10-1 record when this occurs. Marquette is also tough to beat when scoring two or more goals and owns a 9-1 mark when scoring at least twice in a contest.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season as the Golden Eagles have recorded five shutouts this year, including a 3-0 victory at Xavier last Sunday. Throughout MU's six-game winning streak, the squad has allowed just four goals and 17 shots on goal, while marking three of its five clean sheets during that stretch. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel has recorded 12 saves and owns a 0.70 goals against average.
Up Next: Marquette will play two road games next week and travel to Seton Hall on Thursday, Oct.