Women's Soccer Releases 2016 Schedule
May 23, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s head coach Markus Roeders has announced the schedule for the Golden Eagles’ 2016 campaign, which features 11 matches at Valley Fields, five contests against teams that participated in the 2015 NCAA tournament, and six games before fall semester classes begin.
“As we have always done, our team will face another exciting and challenging schedule this fall,” Marquette head coach Markus Roeders said. “Our philosophy on the non-conference schedule is two-fold, we want to use those games to prepare us for BIG EAST play and also put us in the a position to get results against top teams for post-season bids. This fall will be no different what we have done in the past and will continue to do in the future.”
The Golden Eagles open their 2016 slate with a pair of exhibition games at Valley Fields, beginning with their annual showdown against in-state foe Wisconsin on Thursday, Aug. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Central time. The second preseason tilt will be held on Monday Aug. 15, when the squad takes on an international opponent in the University of Manitoba.
“For the first time in many years we will host two exhibition games, great both for us preparing early in the season and for our fans coming out to Valley,” Roeders said. “Playing Wisconsin is the perfect match in our training and will provide some great answers going into the first weekend of play.”
Marquette’s regular season lid-lifter will take place Friday, Aug. 19, at Nebraska, and will be the first of three road games to open the season. On Sunday, Aug. 21, MU will travel to Lawrence, Kansas, to take on the Kansas Jayhawks, and will conclude its string of road contests with a Thursday, Aug. 25 tilt at Illinois State.
The first regular season home match will be held on Sunday Aug. 28, as the Blue and Gold welcome Michigan to Valley Fields for a 1 p.m. CT showdown after last season’s 2-1 win in Ann Arbor.
Over Labor Day weekend, Marquette will venture to California for a pair of contests in the Bay Area. On Thursday, Sept. 1, MU will play Santa Clara, before matching up with 2015 Pac-12 champion Stanford in Palo Alto on Sunday, Sept. 4.
Marquette will return to the Valley for only the second time on Friday, Sept. 9 to take on Milwaukee in a 7 p.m. CT contest. MU’s final non-conference road game will be played on Sunday, Sept. 11, as the Golden Eagles travel to Evanston, Illinois for a tilt with Northwestern.
“Playing on the road at Kansas, Nebraska and Northwestern early in the season will be tough but exciting matches,” Roeders said. “We have played those squads over the past few years and they were always tight and greatly contested games. Heading out to Stanford and Santa Clara puts up against some excellent squads from not only the West Coast but also teams who have won national championships – definitely a highlight trip this fall.”
The Marquette Invitational begins on Friday, Sept. 16 with a field that includes Loyola-Chicago, Cal State Northridge, and Cal Poly. MU will play the nightcap on Friday against Cal Poly, and return to the Valley on Sunday, Sept. 18 to battle with Cal State Northridge.
Following the Marquette Invitational, the Golden Eagles will open BIG EAST play with a road contest against Creighton on Sunday, Sept. 25. The first conference match for MU at Valley Fields is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 29, with the Golden Eagles hosting Seton Hall.
“The Big East slate will be as competitive as it's ever been,” Roeders said. “Those who follow the league closely know that every game is tightly contested and there are no easy games. Hosting last year's top four teams at home this year - St. John's, Georgetown, DePaul and Butler - will be a luxury for our team and fans. But we know it is a new year and our goal remains the same, we want to compete for championships. Our home/away split is 5/4 for this fall, we will need to take advantage of that opportunity.”
As the calendar turns to October, BIG EAST play continues with MU welcoming St. John’s to the Valley on Sunday, Oct. 2, before hitting the road for contests against Xavier (Oct. 6) and Providence (Oct. 9).
The Golden Eagles will return to Wisconsin to take on Georgetown at the Valley on Sunday, Oct. 16, before embarking on their final road trip of the regular season at Villanova to take on the Wildcats on Oct. 20.
Marquette concludes its regular season slate with a pair of home contests. The Blue and Gold will welcome Butler to Milwaukee (Oct. 23) before a Senior Night showdown with DePaul on Friday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.
The 2016 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship begins with quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at campus sites of higher-seeded teams, while the semifinals and championship game will take place Nov. 4 and 6, respectively, in Washington, D.C.
Marquette, a squad that returns over 92 percent of its goal-scoring output from a season ago, finished 2015 with an 8-8-4 overall record and a 5-3-1 mark in BIG EAST play.
Keep up with the Marquette women’s soccer program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MUWomensSoccer) and Instagram (@MarquetteWSOC) and ‘liking’ on Facebook (/MUWomensSoccer).
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