Nov. 13, 2012
The Marquette women's soccer team (17-2-2) has advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship for the third consecutive year and sixth time in program history. The No. 4 seed Golden Eagles will travel to Provo, Utah to face Princeton (14-3-1) on Thursday at 4 p.m. CT.
Marquette advanced to the second round after a 3-0 shutout of Illinois State in the first round hosted at Valley Fields last Friday. Seniors Lisa Philbin and Ally Miller and sophomore Mary Luba scored goals for MU. If the Golden Eagles defeat Princeton they will face the winner of Auburn/BYU on Saturday.
Princeton advanced to the second round after defeating West Virginia, 2-1 in the opening round, which was played at West Virginia. The Tigers are led by Jen Hoy who has 40 points and scored 18 goals this season.
This will be the first meeting between the two squads.
Unbeatable Golden Eagles: Marquette heads into Thursday's game with an unbeaten streak of 15 games. The Golden Eagles have not lost since Sept. 9 at then-No. 4 Duke. The lone blemish in that streak is a 1-1 double overtime draw at Connecticut on Oct. 7.
Winning Ways: The senior class, (Ally Miller, Lisa Philbin, Megan Jaskowiak, Rachel Brown, Rachael Sloan and Sam Vicker) owns a 66-16-8 record since 2009 to rank seventh in the NCAA among active senior classes. The six seniors won regular season BIG EAST titles in each year at Marquette, which is a first for the women's soccer program.
No Scoring Allowed: Marquette has recorded 16 shutouts this season, which leads the NCAA, along with a nation-best shutout percentage of .750. The 16 shutouts ties a team record for shutouts in a season. MU also had 16 shutouts in 2009. The Golden Eagles are 15-0-1 when producing a shutout as the lone tie came in a 0-0, double overtime draw against Central Michigan. MU's 3-0 shutout of Illinois State in the NCAA first round was the first time a team had shutout the Redbirds this season.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing less than one goal (0.57) scored per game this season. Opponents are taking just 7.0 shots per game and have scored just 12 goals against the Golden Eagles this season. Goalkeeper Amanda Engel ranks 2nd in the NCAA with a 0.42 goals against average. In her first season she has compiled a 13-0-1 record.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball this season. For the year, MU has taken 400 shots, holding opponents to just 146, and is averaging 19 shots per game. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in shots and rank seventh in the nation scoring 2.6 goals per game. Second round opponent Princeton ranks fifth in the NCAA with 2.83 goals per contest. When outshooting opponents, MU is 17-0-2.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists with 2.57 each game. In 21 games this season MU has totaled 52 assists. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly leads the league with 12 and ranks sixth in the NCAA, dishing out 0.57 per contest. Of 56 total goals for the Golden Eagles this season, just two came unassisted.
Welcome to the Big Show: Marquette is playing in its 11th NCAA tournament in program history. The Golden Eagles have received bids in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. They are 8-8-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament, 7-3-1 in first round games, while advancing to the second round six times where they are 1-2-2. MU's longest run in the NCAAs came during the 2005 and 2010 seasons when the Golden Eagles advanced to the third round.
Making History: Marquette's 17 wins this season is third most in program history. Last season the Golden Eagles won 18 games and the squad won 19 games in 2005. This is the fourth year in-a-row in which the squad has won 15+ games. With head coach Markus Roeders at the helm, MU has never had a losing season. Roeders, along with associate head coach Frank Pelaez, celebrated their 250th career victory together in the BIG EAST quarterfinals' victory over Connecticut.