Nov. 16, 2012
PROVO, Utah -
For the third time in program history the Marquette women's soccer team (18-2-2) has advanced to the NCAA Championship third round. The Golden Eagles will face No. 1 seed BYU on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. CT. at South Field in Provo, Utah.
MU fell behind Princeton early on as the Tigers scored first- it was the first time since September that the Golden Eagles trailed a team. With just 45 second remaining in the first half, Mady Vicker scored to tie the game at 1-1 and Taylor Madigan came back in the second half and scored the game-winning goal in the 53rd minute of play. Ally Miller added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute, which put Marquette in front, 3-1.
BYU advanced to the Sweet 16 breaking a 0-0 tie with Auburn as Carlee Payne Holmoe scored with 40 seconds remaining in regulation.
Saturday will be the fourth meeting between the two squads. Marquette owns a 2-1 series record over the Cougars, but BYU won the most recent meeting, a 2-1 victory Sept. 11, 2010 in Provo.
The match will be live on BYUtv and streamed live on byutvsports.com.
How Sweet It Is: The Golden Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the third time in program history. MU played in the third round in 2005 and 2010, but have never advanced past the round of 16. In 2005, the Golden Eagles fell at UCLA, 4-0, and dropped a 3-0 contest to Florida State in 2010.
Unbeatable Golden Eagles: Marquette heads into Saturday's game with an unbeaten streak of 16 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. MU's 18-wins this season ties for third-most in team history.
Winning Ways: The senior class, (Ally Miller, Lisa Philbin, Megan Jaskowiak, Rachel Brown, Rachael Sloan and Sam Vicker) owns a 67-16-8 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 0.45 goals against average. In her first season she has compiled a 14-0-1 record.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball this season. For the year, MU has taken 410 shots, holding opponents to just 149, and is averaging 18.6 shots per game. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in shots and rank seventh in the nation scoring 2.68 goals per game. With 2.33 goals per game, BYU ranks 15th in the nation. When outshooting opponents, MU is 18-0-2.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists with 2.59 each game. In 22 games this season MU has totaled 57 assists. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly leads the league with 13 and ranks sixth in the NCAA, dishing out 0.59 per contest. Of 59 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 9-8-3 all-time in the NCAA tournament, 7-3-1 in first round games, while advancing to the second round six times where they are 2-2-2. MU's longest run in the NCAAs came during the 2005 and 2010 seasons when the Golden Eagles advanced to the third round.