WSOC Kicks off Spring Sunday with Tournament of Friends
March 2, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team has announced its spring schedule for 2016, which will begin with an indoor tournament slated for Sunday, March 6.
"This is our way to bridge the indoor portion of the spring season prior to spring break with the outdoor part," Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. "We have held this tournament for upwards of 10 years now and it is an exciting time because we get a lot of playing in. It's great to get our alumni back and they came on really strong last year and won the tournament for the first time."
The annual Tournament of Friends features six competitive teams this Sunday at Marquette Gym. The current women's roster will be split into two teams, Marquette Blue and Marquette Gold, while the Marquette Alumni will return to defend their 2015 championship. Adding to the mix, the Marquette club team, Concordia University and UW-Whitewater will also participate.
"Our goal for us is to continue to see improvement as we go through the spring with our conditioning, which has been tremendous," Roeders said. "It's great to have Emily Jacobson as a former player on board (as our strength and condition coach). It's an all-around fun event and will be a great day competing. It's always our goal to have Blue and Gold playing in the final."
The Tournament of Friends kicks off at 9 a.m. when Marquette Blue takes on Marquette Gold. Each team will play four matches in the tournament. The top four teams will advance to the playoffs and will be seeded according to overall records.
Marquette begins the outdoor portion of its spring schedule at Valley Fields on April 10 against cross-town foe Milwaukee. The Golden Eagles earned a 1-1 draw with the Panthers last season, which featured an Erin Holland goal in the 23rd minute, just 1:31 seconds after UWM took an early lead.
"After spring break is really our mini spring season that kind of replicates the fall as much as we can with the consecutive weekends of play," Roeders said. "I think we've got a nice schedule with three home games against Milwaukee, Loyola and Valparaiso and then we finish it off in Madison with a couple of Big Ten teams. What we are trying to do is continue to build on the squad that we have and work on development towards the fall. We will try to find our identity, learn and come together as a team."
A second home match against Loyola-Chicago is scheduled for April 17 at 11 a.m. Central time and Marquette will close out its home spring slate against Valparaiso on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. CT.
The Golden Eagles will wrap up their spring in Madison against Wisconsin and Northwestern on Sunday, May. 1.
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