Marquette Announces 2014 Schedule
May 23, 2014
MILWAUKEE--Marquette University women's soccer head coach Markus Roeders has announced the Golden Eagles' schedule for the 2014 season.
This year's slate will feature 12 home contests at Valley Fields, including the squad's annual exhibition with in-state rival Wisconsin, as well as eight dates with 2013 NCAA College Cup participants.
"Our team will face another exciting and challenging schedule in 2014," Roeders said. "We have a great balance between our home matches and the travel that comes with our away games. "
Fans will have their first chance to see the Golden Eagles in action on Thursday, Aug. 14 when the squad welcomes Wisconsin to Valley Fields for an exhibition game. Prior to the contest MU will host its annual Fan Fest with the men's squad, which features the opportunity to meet players, participate in games and enjoy free food.
MU's opening weekend begins Friday, Aug. 22 with the second annual Marquette Invitational. This year's tournament includes Loyola Chicago, Northwestern and Fairleigh Dickinson.
"Last year's Marquette Invitational was entertaining and this year's field provides a more local flair with Loyola returning and the addition of Northwestern. We are familiar with those teams and coaches and expect the tournament to be a good opening weekend," Roeders said.
The Golden Eagles travel to Big Ten opponent Minnesota on Friday, Aug. 29 before returning home to the Valley to host defending Big Ten champion Nebraska on Sunday, Aug. 31. The Huskers reach the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2013 before falling to Boston College.
Marquette will travel to Colorado College for its second tournament of the season, an invitational the weekend of Sept. 5-7. The Golden Eagles will face New Mexico on Friday before a Sunday matchup with the host Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 7.
"With eight of our 19 games against NCAA Tournament participants, we continue to show our annual strength of schedule," said Roeders. "A tough schedule helps us prepare for our BIG EAST season and puts us in a favorable position for the postseason as long as we get the results we expect. We have good quality opponents in Minnesota and Big Ten champs Nebraska, and top C-USA team, Colorado College when we travel to their tournament."
MU continues its annual series with crosstown foe Milwaukee at Valley Fields Thursday, Sept. 11 before traveling to Texas A&M on Sunday, Sept. 14. Both squads earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Panthers fell at Michigan in the first round, while the Aggies fell in the third round to North Carolina.
Prior to beginning BIG EAST play, the Golden Eagles host Kansas and LSU at Valley Fields on Sept. 19 and 21, respectively.
MU will look to begin defense of its regular season and BIG EAST Tournament titles on its home field Thursday, Sept. 25 against Creighton before Villanova comes to the Valley on Sunday, Sept. 28. The Golden Eagles have a quick trip to Jamaica, N.Y. to face NCAA Tournament participant, St. John's on Thursday, Oct. 2 before traveling back to Milwaukee to host Xavier on Sunday, Oct. 5.
The Golden Eagles travel to Georgetown (Oct. 12) before hosting their final games of the season against Seton Hall (Oct. 16) and DePaul on Sunday, Oct. 19, which will be MU's senior night. Marquette will be led by nine seniors in 2014.
MU concludes the BIG EAST regular season with two road games at Providence on Saturday, Oct. 25 before the final contest at Butler on Friday, Oct. 31 in Indianapolis.
The 2014 BIG EAST Tournament will begin Tuesday, Nov. 4 at campus sites of higher seeded teams with the top six teams in the league advancing. The semifinals and championship game will take place Nov. 7-9 at a site to be determined.
"We should continue to have a target on our back going into BIG EAST matches this season since we are the defending conference champions," Roeders said. "It is good to start the season with two home games and a schedule with five home contests and four away might be slightly in our favor. We have difficult road tilts this year playing at St. John's and Georgetown and ending the season with the last two games at Providence and Butler. These squads are among the top teams in our league. Defending our title and going for a three-peat in BIG EAST action will be tough."
The Golden Eagles will return six starters to the field from a 2013 squad that went 18-4-0 overall and won BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles for the second consecutive season.
"Our young squad showed a lot of promise in the spring season and the quality of opponents that we faced mirrors what we expect to see this fall," Roeders said. "We add 10 freshmen to the mix and look forward to an exciting season in 2014."