Women’s soccer releases 2017 slate
May 26, 2017
MILWAUKEE – Women’s soccer head coach Markus Roeders announced the schedule for Marquette University’s 25th anniversary season in 2017 on Monday afternoon. The Golden Eagles will play 10 home matches and battle four teams that participated in the 2016 NCAA tournament.
Marquette kicks off its slate with an exhibition game at in-state rival Wisconsin on Aug. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Central time. The Golden Eagles lost to the Badgers in last year’s exhibition game, 2-0, at Valley Fields and also fell at Madison, 1-0, in the opening round of last year’s NCAA tournament.
MU begins regular season play with a pair of home weekend matches against Stanford on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. CT and Kentucky on Sunday, August 20 at 2:30 p.m. CT. The Cardinal defeated the Golden Eagles, 3-0, in last year’s regular season and advanced to the second round of NCAA tournament.
The Golden Eagles continue their home slate against Drake at 7:30 p.m. CT on Aug. 25 before heading to Louisville to take on the Cardinals for a Sunday, Aug. 27 afternoon game.
Marquette then heads back to Milwaukee to welcome Central Michigan, Loyola-Chicago and Mercer to the Valley for the 2017 Marquette Invitational. The Golden Eagles will battle Central Michigan on Friday, Sept. 1 at 8:15 p.m. CT and take on Mercer on Sunday night.
The Blue and Gold then head east for a pair of matches against Boston University and at the University of Rhode Island over the weekend of Sept. 8. Following the brief road trip, Marquette returns to Valley Fields to take on Illinois State on Thursday, Sept. 14. The 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Champion Redbirds fell to the Golden Eagles, 2-1, in Normal, Illinois last season.
Marquette wraps up non-conference play at crosstown rival Milwaukee on Sunday, Sept. 17. The Golden Eagles battled the Panthers to a 1-1 double overtime draw last season.
The reigning BIG EAST regular season champions begin conference play on Sept. 24 at Butler, which it defeated 2-1 in overtime last season.
The Golden Eagles welcome Villanova to the Valley for their home conference opener on Thursday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. CT before heading to New York for a Sunday, Oct. 1 meeting with St. John’s. For the first time this season, the BIG EAST is instituting a travel schedule that will stop teams from playing back-to-back road contests over a single weekend.
Following the game against St. John’s, Marquette heads to face DePaul on Thursday, Oct. 5 in Chicago. The Golden Eagles handled the Red Storm twice last year and triumphed over DePaul, 3-2, in overtime on Senior Night to clinch the top seed in the 2016 league tournament.
The Blue and Gold return to Milwaukee to face Providence onOct. 8 at 1 p.m. CT and Xavier Oct. 15. The Golden Eagles then head to Washington, D.C. for a tilt against BIG EAST tournament champion and NCAA semifinalist Georgetown on Oct. 19. The Hoyas won the last year’s regular season matchup 2-0 and defeated the Golden Eagles in the BIG EAST title game by the same score.
To wrap up regular season play, Marquette hosts Creighton on Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. CT before ending the season at Seton Hall on Oct. 26. The Golden Eagles lost to the Jays, 3-2, in double overtime last season and bested the Pirates, 2-1.
The 2017 BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship begins with quarterfinal matches Oct. 29 at campus sites of higher-seeded teams. The winners advance to the semifinals Nov. 2 which will take place at campus sites for the first time. The champion will be decided Nov. 5 at a campus site of the higher-seeded squad.
Last season, the Golden Eagles posted a 12-8-2 mark with a 7-2 conference record, culminating in their 13th NCAA tournament appearance. Marquette will have to work to replace 10 graduating seniors, including All-BIG EAST performers Morgan Proffitt and Liz Bartels. The Golden Eagles welcome six freshmen to next year’s team and return sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry, senior defender Madison Dunker and sixth-year forward Darian Powell.
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