Oct. 24, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University women's soccer team (14-3, 7-0) will host the Providence Friars on Sunday, Oct. 17, in the first of their last two home matches before BIG EAST Championship play begins.
The Golden Eagles are heading into the game with the Friars with a nine-game win streak. In its most recent outing, MU slipped past DePaul 1-0 with junior Mary Luba's unassisted goal in the 43rd minute. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel had five saves on the day, working with Marquette's defense to shut out the Blue Demons. The No.17 Golden Eagles stand first in BIG EAST Conference play and could clinch the No. 1 seed in the tournament with a victory on Sunday.
The Friars (5-8-3, 2-5-0 BIG EAST) are coming off a tough overtime loss to St. John's. Regulation ended with score tied 2-2 with the St. John's winning goal coming in the 98th minute.
The first 500 students to arrive at the game will receive a limited edition MU soccer buff. Anyone who brings a church bulletin from Oct. 19-27th will receive free admission and kid-friedly Halloween activities, including trick-or-treating and face painting will begin when gates open at Noon.
Live stats are available for the game through GameTracker at gomarquette.com and live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Sunday is the ninth meeting between Marquette and Providence and the Golden Eagles have never lost to the Friars with a 6-0-2 overall record. MU won the last matchup in Providence on Oct. 5, 2012 in a 5-0 rout. Seniors Maegan Kelly and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco and junior Mady Vicker are current players who scored in the game.
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 for a true home field advantage. 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. Marquette will have the opportunity to remain home for the next three weeks, including the BIG EAST Conference Championship semifinals and final, which MU is hosting Nov. 8 and 10.
BIG EAST Accolades: For the second consecutive week the Golden Eagles had three players honored in the BIG EAST Conference weekly awards. Senior Emily Jacobson was named the league's defensive player of the week for the second week in-a-row, while junior Mary Luba and sophomore Amanda Engel were selected to the honor roll. It was the fourth time in as many weeks that Engel has been recognized by the BIG EAST. Jacobson was also named to topdrawersoccer.com's Team of the Week.
Super Seniors: Marquette's senior class, Katie Hishmeh, Cara Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, Maegan Kelly, Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Taylor Madigan, Kate Reigle and Ashley Stemmeler, are tied as the fourth-winningest senior class in all of Division I women's soccer. The group has an overall record of 66-14-6 (.802) in their four years at MU. The eight have been part of three consecutive BIG EAST regular season titles, one conference tournament championship and three consecutive NCAA appearances, including two Sweet-16 berths.
Conference Leaders: Marquette owns an impressive 44-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles are 7-0 in the BIG EAST, have clinched a first-round bye in the BIG EAST Championship and can clinch the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament with a victory on Sunday. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at former-member West Virginia. Marquette has scored 40 goals this season, which second among the conference and is averaging 2.35 goals per game.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. 14 different players have contributed to at least one of the 40 goals MU has scored this season. Junior Mary Luba has tallied a team-high seven goals this season, which is tied for third in the BIG EAST, while senior Maegan Kelly has posted six.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season as the Golden Eagles have recorded eight shutouts this year. Throughout MU's nine-game winning streak, the squad has allowed just four goals and 29 shots on goal, while marking six of its eight clean sheets during that stretch. Sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel has recorded 23 saves and owns a 0.46 goals against average. Her season GAA is 0.88, which ranks fourth in the league.
Up Next: Marquette will play its final regular season home game on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 5:30 p.m. for senior day. MU seniors will be honored in a pre-game ceremony.