No. 16/14 Marquette Hosts St. Bonaventure Friday Night In 2012 Opener
Aug. 15, 2012
The No. 16/14 Marquette University women's soccer team opens its 20th season of competition Friday at 7:30 p.m. CT when the squad hosts St. Bonaventure at Valley Fields. The campaign lidlifter against the Bonnies will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Friday is Wisconsin Youth Soccer Night, featuring 2-for-1 admission for all youth wearing their team jersey. Fans will also be able to purchase root beer floats for just $1. The price includes a souvenir cup and all proceeds benefit the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program.
Miller, Kelly Earn Preseason Accolades: Senior Ally Miller has been named the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was also named preseason all-league in a survey of the conference's head coaches. Maegan Kelly joined Miller on the squad and was also tabbed to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Miller was named All-BIG EAST Third Team in 2011 while Kelly garnered first team accolades.
Schunk Takes Over In Net: Sophomore netminder Sofie Schunk, who is taking over for two-time BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Natalie Kulla, will make her first collegiate start in the season opener. The Albuquerque, N.M., native appeared in two matches in 2011 off the bench and didn't allow a goal in almost 75 minutes of action. Schunk was a two-sport star at La Cueva High School, lettering in both soccer and track & field.
Potential Starting Lineup Features Experience: Marquette's probable starting lineup features just one player (Schunk) who isn't at least competing in her respective junior campaign. Eight of the players own at least 30 career starting assignments and that group has combined for 66 total goals.
Sloan Ready To Regain Form: An All-BIG EAST First Team honoree in 2010, senior forward Rachael Sloan appeared in only six matches in 2011 due to a knee injury. She owns 16 career goals, but only one came last season. During the 2009 and 2010 campaigns, Sloan netted 14 goals and started each of the squad's 47 outings.
MU Downs Wisconsin In Exhibition Action: Senior Ally Miller headed home a Megan Jaskowiak corner kick midway through the second period to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 victory over Wisconsin on Aug. 9 in exhibition action at Valley Fields.
Up Next: Marquette hosts No. 4/6 Florida State at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday, Aug. 19 at Valley Fields. The concessions stand will feature $1 items, there will be a postmatch autograph session and Marquette will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the women's soccer program.