MU Welcomes Iowa to Valley Fields Saturday

Maegan Kelly

April 20, 2012

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team continues its spring season on Saturday, April 21, when it welcomes Iowa to Valley Fields for an 11 a.m. match, before heading across town to Engelmann Field later that afternoon to take on Milwaukee at 1:15 p.m.

Admission to the Marquette-Iowa game is free.

The game against Iowa is MU's first at home this spring and will feature two 35-minutes halves, while the contest with the Panthers will consist of two 40-minute halves.

"The ladies are excited to play at home this weekend," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We want to make the most out of the last two weeks before the ladies wrap up their exams and head in different directions for the summer. We like the foundation that we have built throughout the spring thus far and hope to add a few more positive components to it over the next two weekends and games."

MU played Illinois to a 2-2 draw and picked up a 2-0 win at Northwestern in its most recent contests on March 31 to improve to 2-1-1 this spring. Four different Golden Eagles tallied goals in the matches against U of I and NU, including Maegan Kelly, who notched her team-leading fifth goal of the spring. Sofie Schunk collected eight saves on the day and earned her first clean sheet in the win over the Wildcats.

Iowa has played in four matches this spring, all of which have been at home. The Hawkeyes suffered a quarterfinal loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament last fall to finish the 2011 season with a 13-4-3 overall record.

"Iowa will be a great challenge and they enjoyed a very good 2011 season. Ron's team is defensively tough and works extremely hard. It will be a good challenge since we haven't played them in a number of years," said Roeders.

Milwaukee is 2-3 on the spring campaign, collecting wins over Illinois State and Butler, while having dropped decisions to Purdue, Northern Illinois and DePaul. The Panthers won a program-record 19 games in the 2011 season and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Ohio State.



"Back to back again; I guess that is out motto for the spring. We will play 70 minutes at the Valley and then we will face Milwaukee at their place. It has become a good routine and our team has responded very well," added Roeders.


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