WSOC Begins 2016 at Nebraska and Kansas

Aug. 16, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 1
Marquette (0-0-0) at Nebraska (0-0-0)
Date Friday, Aug. 19 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Barbara Hilbner Stadium | Lincoln, Nebraska
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2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 2
Marquette (0-0-0) at Kansas (0-0-0)
Date Sunday, Aug. 21 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Rock Chalk Park | Lawrence, Kansas
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MILWAUKEE --The Marquette University women's soccer team will begin the 2016 regular season against Nebraska at Barbara Hilbner Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska on Friday, Aug. 19 before facing Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas on Sunday evening.

Friday's contest against the Cornhuskers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., while the match-up at the Jayhawks is slated for 7 p.m. from Rock Chalk Park. Live updates for both matches will be available on Marquette's twitter profile @MUWomensSoccer as will statistics linked through Sunday's contest at Kansas will also be broadcast live through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN application, as well as televised locally in the Kansas City market on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.

The Golden Eagles, who are the lone BIG EAST team to reach the conference quarterfinals in every season as a conference member, return eight of 11 starters and 23 of 28 letter winners from a squad that went 8-8-4 (5-3-1 BIG EAST) and finished fifth in the league's 2015 regular season standings. Marquette also returns 93 percent of its goal scoring production from last season.

Marquette is looking for its first win against the Huskers after a pair of previous defeats, including a 3-2 loss to Nebraska in the last meeting on Aug. 31, 2014 at Valley Fields. MU earned a 1-0 shutout in the only meeting with Kansas in program history on Sept. 19, 2014.

• The Golden Eagles suffered a 2-0 loss to Wisconsin on Thursday evening at Valley Fields. Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Henry made nine saves in net for Marquette, which is looking to replace four-year starting keeper Amanda Engel. MU had a number of good looks but was unable to get on the scoreboard after the Badgers took the game's first lead in the third minute of play. Senior All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selections Morgan Proffitt and Liz Bartels started for Marquette in the midfield and at forward, respectively, while a pair of sophomores, Leah Celarek and Allison Jacobson joined Erin Holland and Madison Dunker on MU's backline. In all 19 Golden Eagles saw action against the Badgers.

• Nebraska returns 12 of 19 letter winners from last year's squad that went 8-7-2 overall and 4-5-2 in Big Ten action. Senior midfielder and Lincoln-native Caroline Flynn scored a team-best five goals in 2015, while classmate Jaycie Johnson scored three goals before suffering an ACL tear in the ninth game of the season. Both were named to the All-Big Ten Preseason Honors List, as was Sydney Miramontez, who paced NU with five assists in 2015. Johnson scored two goals in Nebraska's 4-0 exhibition win over North Dakota State and posted 14 tallies in her first two years on campus in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers are picked eighth in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll. Flynn was a teammate of MU's Morgan Proffitt on the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team this summer.

• Kansas made its first-ever trip to the Big 12 championship game in 2015 despite a sixth-place regular season finish after going 3-4-1 in league action and 10-9-2 overall. The Jayhawks must replace three of their top four scorers from last season, but do return sophomore Grace Hagan, who notched four goals and three assists in 2015. Hagan scored a goal and added an assist in KU's final preseason match, a 3-0 win over Creighton on Aug. 12. Kansas, which also drew 2-2 with Butler on Aug. 9, will face Minnesota on Friday evening before welcoming the Golden Eagles to Lawrence on Sunday.

• Senior Morgan Proffitt has continued to rake in accolades following an All-BIG EAST First Team campaign as a junior, placing her among the top players in NCAA Division I. The Columbus, Indiana native began the summer with an invitation to U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 training camp in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended up making the 20-person squad for a tournament featuring Nordic countries in England during June. After a gold medal performance with the U.S. U-23 WNT, Proffitt was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy and selected as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Proffitt, the third MU player to ever be named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, has started 61-of-63 matches in her three-year career and has recorded five goals, including three game winners.

• Twenty-five women on last year's 35-member team earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year and were honored on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. That group includes three student-athletes who carried 4.0s through both semesters in redshirt freshman Courtney Dugan and juniors Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer.

• Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in both 2014 and 2015 with seven goals in each of her first two seasons of action after sitting out both 2012 and 2013 with injuries. The La Porte City, Iowa native scored four of her seven goals in Marquette's final three regular season matches last season as MU defeated Villanova and Butler before falling at DePaul in overtime.

• The Golden Eagles return 92.9 percent (26 of 28 goals) of their goal scoring production from last season but finding consistent production was an issue at times late in the year. The Marquette offense was able to generate more than one goal on just two occasions in BIG EAST play after trouncing Creighton 5-1 in the league lid-lifter on Sept. 27. Head coach Markus Roeders hopes that the depth of MU's attacking midfielders and forwards will allow the offense to take a step forward in 2016. All-BIG EAST First Team selection Jacie Jermier is the lone goal scorer having departed the program, while Darian Powell, Marquette's leading goal scorer in each of the last two campaigns, is one of 10 returning scorers from last season. In addition to Powell's seven tallies, Liz Bartels, Molly Pfeiffer, Ashley Handwork and Morgan Proffitt each posted three goals in 2015.

• Since entering the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference's elite women's soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 158-58-29 since that time and a mark of 84-20-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament just three times since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.

• Senior Morgan Proffitt was selected as the BIG EAST Conference's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and the women's soccer team was picked to finish third, a survey of the league's head coaches revealed. Proffitt was joined on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team by classmate Liz Bartels.

• Proffitt was a NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2015 after earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors on defense and was as a second team all-conference selection in 2014. The defender scored three goals as a junior and earned BIG EAST weekly recognition on three occasions, including a pair of defensive player of the week honors. She is the first MU player to be named BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year since Ally Miller in 2012.

• Bartels earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors as a junior in 2015 after recording three goals, including a pair of match winners, and four assists. She played mostly in the midfield last season, but spent much of 2014 up front on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team recognition as a sophomore.

• Freshman Maddy Henry is set to join an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.

• Marquette's roster boasts seven new players this fall who hail from Nebraska and four Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. The group contains a goalkeeper, Maddy Henry, three primary defenders, Mary Kate Simon, Emily Hess and Maura Weaver, as well as three midfielders/forwards in Erin Johnston, Abby Hess and Josie Fowler.

• Roeders on their signing: "It is a great blend of players with Maddy Henry being one of the top goalkeepers coming out of high school. She will be a freshman but her demeanor, skill-set and poise playing the position is beyond a player arriving at the college level. Maura Weaver, Emily Hess and Mary Kate Simon each provide a defensive presence, winning personalities, high energy levels and toughness, in addition to their willingness to get involved in the attack. Erin Johnston is a crafty and versatile midfielder who has been around our program the longest as the younger sister to rising senior Meegan Johnston. Despite her size, Josie Fowler brings a level of skill, creativity and attacking flair that is hard to stop. Abby Hess brings athleticism, speed and a goal scoring mentality that is truly unique and should flourish at our level."

• A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette's soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29, 2015 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.

The Last Meeting
August 31, 2014
Valley Fields

The Last Meeting
September 19, 2014
Valley Fields
Marquette Upsets No.16 Kansas, 1-0
The Marquette University women's soccer team (3-5-1) ousted the No.16 Kansas Jayhawks , 1-0, Friday night at Valley Fields.




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