Women's Soccer announces 2017 Spring Schedule
Feb. 13, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women’s soccer team announced its 2017 spring schedule, highlighted by four matches against 2016 NCAA tournament teams and a pair of in-state foes.
The Golden Eagles kick-off the slate with a game at Valparaiso at 7:30 p.m. Central time on March 31 after hosting a futsal ‘Tournament of Friends’ at the Marquette Gym on March 5. The Crusaders finished in the middle of the Horizon League with a 9-10-0 record in 2016 and played MU at Valley Fields last spring.
Marquette will play its first game in the new seasonal dome with an April 2 doubleheader at Valley Fields against Iowa State and Milwaukee, with games at 10:30 a.m. Central and 1:30 p.m., respectively. Iowa State is coming off of a successful season where the Cyclones made the NCAA Tournament and notched a 10-8-1 record. Marquette forced a 1-1 tie last fall against Milwaukee, who won the 2016 regular season Horizon League crown. with an equalizer by Molly Pfeiffer in the 89th minute.
The Golden Eagles have a few weeks off before they head to South Bend to take on 2016 ACC regular season champion Notre Dame at 2 p.m. CT on April 23. The Fighting Irish ranking rose as high as sixth in the national rankings last season, but lost in the first round of the tournament to SIUE. The Golden Eagles haven’t played Notre Dame since 2014 spring action, where Marquette took the 1-0 victory.
Marquette wraps up its spring slate with two homes games against rival Wisconsin and Northwestern on April 30. Wisconsin advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last fall after defeating Marquette, 1-0, in the first round. Northwestern advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen and was the Big Ten regular season co-champions. The Wildcats racked up a 16-3-4 record and defeated Marquette 1-0 in regular season play last fall.
The Golden Eagles are coming off of a 12-8-4 season in which they made their 13th NCAA appearance and claimed their sixth BIG EAST regular season title.
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