Marquette Women's Soccer Announces the 2013 Schedule
June 13, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Head coach Markus Roeders and the Marquette University women's soccer team has announced its schedule for the 2013 season.
The Golden Eagles will play eight home contests at Valley Fields this season and host the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship semifinals and championship game Nov. 8-10. MU will also face nine opponents that advanced to the 2012 NCAA tournament.
"Our team is excited about the schedule that we have in place for 2013," Roeders said. "It is a diverse schedule with games all over the country. Playing nine teams that played in last year's NCAA tournament shows the overall strength of our schedule. The new additions to the BIG EAST Conference will help us remain tough and competitive. Having the chance to play every conference team this season will be a first and every team will have a chance to be crowned regular season champion."
Marquette will travel to Madison to face Wisconsin in its lone exhibition game on Thursday, Aug. 15. This will be the sixth consecutive year in which the in-state rivals will face each other before the regular season begins.
The Golden Eagles will play their first four games on the road, officially opening the season at Portland on Friday, Aug. 23 and at Portland State on Sunday, Aug. 25. Portland fell to Michigan in the second round of the NCAA tournament last season. This will be the first-ever meeting between MU and Portland State.
"We haven't played on the west coast since playing at Pepperdine in 2009, so this will be a great environment for us to start the season," Roeders said. "Portland is a talented team who plays an entertaining style, just like us. It should be a game of great possession soccer by both teams."
Marquette will travel to a familiar field in South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame adidas Invitational beginning Friday, Aug. 30. The Golden Eagles will face tough competition as both opponents were 2012 College Cup participants. MU will play UCLA on Aug. 30 and take on Oakland on Sunday, Sept. 1. The Bruins advanced to the Elite Eight last season, while Oakland fell in the second round.
The Golden Eagles will make their first appearance at renovated Valley Fields to host the first-ever Marquette Invitational. Loyola-Chicago will take on Colorado College on Friday, Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. That will be followed by Marquette hosting St. Mary's (California) at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 8, Loyola-Chicago and St. Mary's take the field at 11 a.m., followed by the Golden Eagles and Colorado College at 1:30 p.m. The Tigers were a 2012 College Cup participant and fell in the first round to the University of Denver.
"We are thrilled to host our own tournament for the first time," said Roeders. "It will be the start of a new tradition at Valley Fields and we are excited to host these talented teams."
MU will host Colgate at Valley Fields on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., followed by a quick turnaround will a trip to Illinois State on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Golden Eagles defeated the Redbirds in the first round of the NCAA tournament last season with a decisive 3-0 shutout.
A familiar opponent visits the Valley on Saturday, Sept. 21 as former conference-foe, Louisville looks for a rematch of last season's BIG EAST contest. MU will play at Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m.
As the BIG EAST season gets underway, Marquette will play three of its first four conference games on the road. The Golden Eagles open at Creighton on Thursday, Sept. 26 and continue to Villanova Sunday, Sept. 29 at noon. Marquette hosts St. John's on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the Valley before going back on the road to BIG EAST newcomer, Xavier, on Sunday, Oct. 6 at noon.
A key date on the Golden Eagles schedule is Sunday, Oct. 13 when MU will host Georgetown at 1 p.m. This will be a rematch of last year's BIG EAST Championship final, in which Marquette claimed the title in the 1-0 contest.
The Golden Eagles will hit the road the following week to play at Seton Hall (Oct. 17) and DePaul (Oct. 20) before returning home to host Providence at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.
This year's senior night celebration will take place on Saturday, Nov. 2 as the Golden Eagles welcome Butler to Valley Fields for the first time. This will be the first game in a doubleheader with the men's soccer squad, who will also celebrate senior night. The careers of Katie Hishmeh, Cara Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, Maegan Kelly, Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Taylor Madigan, Kate Reigle and Ashley Stemmeler will be celebrated in a pre-game ceremony.
"As the defending 2012 BIG EAST Champion, we will have a target on our back throughout the conference season. We will have to play and be comfortable with that mark," Roeders said. "This new BIG EAST remains strong and the competition will reflect that."
The 2013 BIG EAST Championship kicks off on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at various campus sites. This year's format will have the top six teams advance to the tournament. Marquette will host the semifinals and final at Valley Fields Nov. 8-10.
"One of the highlights will be the opportunity for Marquette to host the BIG EAST Championship. For our rising seniors and the rest of the squad, we can close out the regular season and conference finals home at Valley. This group will work very hard to be there at the end."
The four-time conference champion Golden Eagles return six starters from last year's squad that finished with an 18-2-3 record and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in program history. Marquette also earned its first-ever BIG EAST Tournament title.