Marquette women’s soccer unveils full 2018 slate
May 15, 2018
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University women’s soccer head coach Markus Roeders has announced the full schedule for the Golden Eagles’ 2018 campaign, complete with a nine BIG EAST Conference matches and contests against Wisconsin, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, Colorado and BYU.
“This schedule is among the most challenging we have put together recently, and we are excited to compete against traditional rivals, top national competition and our annual BIG EAST slate,” Roeders said. “Our non-conference schedule has great balance of tough matches at Valley Fields and across the country. This schedule will rank among the best in the nation and hosting many of these games at home will be a true treat for our fans.”
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 2017 season in which they went 13-7-1 overall and 5-4 in league play with a loss in the BIG EAST semifinals to Georgetown. They return seven of 11 starters, including a trio of former all-conference players in forwards Carrie Madden and Kylie Sprecher and goalkeeper Maddy Henry.
The fall begins with a pair of exhibition contests at Green Bay (Aug. 6) and home against Mississippi State (Aug. 11) before the regular season gets underway in San Luis Obispo, California against Cal Poly on Thursday, Aug. 16.
For the first time since 2004, the Golden Eagles will face Wisconsin in regular season play with a Monday, Aug. 20 match against the Badgers at Valley Fields. MU has played UW on a regular basis in exhibition action, but the two have faced off in only three NCAA tournament games since 2004. UW beat Marquette, 4-1, in a 2017 fall scrimmage and advanced to the NCAA Championship Second Round, where it lost to South Carolina.
“Facing in-state rivals Wisconsin and Milwaukee at home should create a buzz around our state and hosting Colorado and BYU from traditional power conferences will help us prepare for conference play and aid our post-season ambitions,” Roeders said.
The Golden Eagles will then play at Michigan on Aug. 23 and home against Milwaukee on Sunday, Aug. 26 before heading to North Carolina for Labor Day weekend. Marquette will face 2017 NCAA semifinalist Duke on Friday, Aug. 31 before facing North Carolina, a 2017 NCAA Sweet 16 participant, on Sunday, Sept. 2. Both games will be played as part of the Duke Nike Classic in Durham and MU will be joined by fellow BIG EAST-foe Providence.
To close out non-conference action, Marquette, hosts Colorado (Sept. 6) and BYU (Sept. 14) with a return game at Drake (Sept. 9) sandwiched in between. MU has never faced Colorado, a squad that advanced to the 2017 NCAA Second Round, and is 2-0-1 against Drake with a 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs in Milwaukee last season. Marquette’s last matchup with BYU was a heartbreaking scoreless draw that MU dropped in penalty kicks to the Cougars in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.
The Golden Eagles begin BIG EAST action on Sunday, Sept. 23 against Butler at Valley Fields in addition to St. John’s (Sept. 30), DePaul (Oct. 4), Georgetown and Seton Hall (Oct. 25). MU will also play Villanova (Sept. 27), Providence (Oct. 7), Xavier (Oct. 14) and Creighton (Oct. 21) on the road in league action.
“The BIG EAST slate will be as competitive as ever and every match will be a close fight,” Roeders said. “This year's slate of five at home and four away games gives us as little advantage but there is never an easy BIG EAST match. Our goal remains the same and that's to compete for a BIG EAST title and by the time we get to that stage of the season, we should be well prepared with all those match experiences.”
A combined season ticket package with the men’s team is currently available for $45 and includes 21 matches (11 men/10 women), plus a Marquette Soccer scarf. While season ticket packages can be purchased online, those interested in group tickets ($2/ticket for groups of 15-or-more) should contact the Marquette Ticket Office at 414-288-4668 (GOMU) or by email.
Keep up with the Marquette women’s soccer program through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and ‘liking’ on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer). For tickets contact the Marquette Ticket Office at (414) 288-4668 (GOMU), by email or on Twitter (/MUTicketOffice).
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