Oct. 19, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The 20/10 Marquette women's soccer team (13-3, 6-0) puts its unbeaten record in the BIG EAST to the test in its final road game of the regular season as the Golden Eagles travel to DePaul on Sunday, Oct. 20. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. CT at Wish Field.
MU's winning-streak extended to eight games after a 1-0 shutout at Seton Hall on Thursday. Freshman Liz Bartels scored the game-winner, just opening seconds into the second half off of a pass from junior Mary Luba. The Golden Eagles defense was stellar to keep the Pirates from scoring. Senior Maegan Kelly leads the squad with six goals and seven assists for 19 points, while junior Mary Luba (6G, 3A) and senior Taylor Madigan (5G, 5A) each have 15 points.
DePaul brings a 10-2-2 overall record and 4-1-1 BIG EAST mark to the field on Sunday. The Blue Demons have won four in-a-row and are a perfect 6-0-1 at home this season. DePaul defeated Butler 1-0 on Thursday as Elise Wyatt scored the lone goal. Wyatt leads the team with 16 points on six goals and four assists.
Live video is available for a fee at depaulbluedemons.com, along with links to GameTracker. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Sunday will be the 15th all-time meeting between Marquette and DePaul and the Golden Eagles own an 11-3 record in the series. The last time MU met the Blue Demons was Sept. 22, 2011 when the Golden Eagles earned a 2-1 overtime victory at Valley Fields.
Bartels Breaks Out: Since the start of BIG EAST Conference play freshman Liz Bartels has made significant contributions for the Golden Eagles. She has tallied four goals and one assist this season for nine points. Three of Bartels' four goals have been game-winners, including the lone goal in a 1-0 shutout at Seton Hall on Thursday evening. Bartels scored just 21 seconds into the second half to break a 0-0 tie.
Just Score Goals:
MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and owns a stellar 10-1 record this season when two or more goals scored. The lone loss was a 3-2 defeat at Illinois State. The Golden Eagles are also tough to beat when scoring first and have compiled a 10-1 record when this occurs.
Conference Leaders: Marquette owns an impressive 43-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles are 6-0 in the BIG EAST and lead the conference with 18 points and holds a five-point lead over Georgetown and DePaul who each have 13 points. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at former-member West Virginia. Marquette has scored 39 goals this season, which second among the conference and is averaging 2.44 goals per game.
BIG EAST Accolades: After Marquette's 4-0 shutout over then-No. 6 Georgetown, multiple players were honored by the BIG EAST this week. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel was named Goalkeeper of the Week for the third consecutive week, while senior Emily Jacobson earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades and classmate Taylor Madigan was honored as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week.
National Recognition: Seniors Maegan Kelly and Emily Jacobson earned national recognition this week, following their contributions in MU's 4-0 victory over Georgetown. Kelly was named to topdrawersoccer.com's team of the week, while Jacobson was named a collegesoccer360.com primetime performer for the week after her stellar defense leading MU's backline.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. 14 different players have contributed to at least one of the 39 goals MU has scored this season. Senior Maegan Kelly and junior Mary Luba lead the squad with a team-high six goals. Junior Mady Vicker has netted five goals, while four of those goals have been game-winners, a mark that ranks second in the league.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season as the Golden Eagles have recorded seven shutouts this year. Throughout MU's eight-game winning streak, the squad has allowed just four goals and 24 shots on goal, while marking five of its seven clean sheets during that stretch. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel has recorded 16 saves and owns a 0.52 goals against average.
Up Next: Marquette returns home for its final regular season BIG EAST games. The Golden Eagles will host Providence on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. before hosting Butler in the final regular game of the season on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m.