Jamie Kutey scored MU's lone goal in the exhibition opener at Madison (photo: Russ Handwork).
Aug. 17, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s soccer team begins the 2017 regular season at Valley Fields against No. 2 Stanford on Friday, Aug. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and hosts Kentucky on Sunday, Aug. 20 at 2:30 p.m.
Both matches will feature live stats through GoMarquette.com as well as a free live video stream with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins on the call. All children 12-and-under receive free admission to Friday’s contest, while the first post-match autograph session of the fall will follow Sunday’s match, which is also camper reunion day and Kids Club VIP Day.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 4-1 loss in exhibition play to Wisconsin on Thursday evening in Madison. Jamie Kutey’s goal in the second minute was the lone tally for Marquette, which is beginning its 25th season this fall.
Last year, Marquette posted a 12-8-2 mark and a 7-2 BIG EAST Conference record to notch its sixth BIG EAST regular season title and 10th league crown overall. MU’s NCAA Championship appearance in 2016 was also its 13th in program history.
The team looks to adjust after losing 10 seniors, including All-BIG EAST performers Morgan Proffitt and Liz Bartels. Six freshmen will be added to the roster that includes returning All-BIG EAST Championship Team selections in forward Carrie Madden and goalkeeper Maddy Henry, along with senior defender Madison Dunker and sixth-year forward Darian Powell.
SCOUTING THE CARDINAL:
• Last season, Stanford posted an impressive 18-2-1 record en route to its 11th Pac-12 Championship. The Cardinal received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and returns 17 of 21 letterwinners, including All-American midfielder Andi Sullivan. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. Central time contest against Stanford marks the third meeting between the teams. Most recently, Marquette fell to the then-No. 1 ranked team in the nation last year in the Bay Area, 3-0.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS:
• The Wildcats went 5-9-4 last season, including a 1-7-3 Southeastern Conference record. The lone conference win came against No. 9 Arkansas, the team’s first road top-10 win in over three years. Kentucky boasts a young roster including 19 combined freshman and sophomores and just five upperclassmen. The only time MU and UK met in 1997 ended in a 1-1 double-overtime draw in Madison, Wisconsin.
MU CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SOCCER
• Throughout the season, Marquette will celebrate its 25th anniversary by highlighting the players and accomplishments of the University’s most successful women’s program. MU has appeared in the NCAA tournament in over half of its years of competition (13 of 24) and has earned 10 conference regular season titles and four league tournament crowns. Entering the program’s 25th campaign, Marquette has posted an overall record of 323-146-54, including a mark of 302-119-46 in Markus Roeders’ 21 years at the helm.
MADDEN EARNS PRESEASON NOD AFTER BREAKTHROUGH 2016
• Through her first two years at Marquette, forward Carrie Madden played in a total of one match and did not record a point. That lack of playing experience didn’t hinder her ability to contribute offensively in 2016 as Madden has proven to be Marquette’s most potent finisher. The redshirt junior leds MU with six goals and 17 points on the year with four match winners, including a pair of OT daggers. Madden scored against Butler on Oct. 23 in the 93rd minute to keep Marquette in the hunt for the BIG EAST regular season title and scored on a phenomenal finish behind her against St. John’s in OT of the league tournament semifinals. She was named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST Championship Team for her play against the Red Storm and was the only MU player named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
MU CAPTURES SIXTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE WITH WIN OVER DEPAUL
• Eli Beard scored her first goal of 2016 just 57 seconds into overtime against DePaul on Oct. 28 to lift Marquette to the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and a share of their sixth regular season title with a 3-2 win over the Blue Demons. Senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt scored a pair of goals to help MU rebound from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for the win. The regular season title was MU’s 10th all-time, counting MU’s decade-long stay in Conference USA.
GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS SINCE 2005
• 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 171-64-31 since that time and a mark of 92-22-10 in league action, which includes six 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.
HENRY CONTINUES LINE OF MULTI-YEAR STARTERS IN NET
• Maddy Henry joined an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers last season 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 sophomore 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.
• The unanimous All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection posted her highest save totals against the best competition MU faced in 2016, putting up seven saves at No. 2 Stanford and eight saves at No. 24 Northwestern. Her first shutout came on Oct. 2 as she made six saves against St. John’s at Valley Fields and followed that up with shutouts at Xavier on Oct. 6 and Providence on Oct. 9. Henry, who notched four clean sheets in league action last year, was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week twice in 2016 and was named to the conference’s weekly honor roll once.
POWELL RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON
• 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.
• Powell is also on the precipice of breaking into the MU career record book. Powell is currently two goals away in 20 in her career, which would tie her for 10th in MU history, and one match winner shy of seven, currently the No. 10 spot in that category.
LIVE COVERAGE CONTINUES TO INCREASE
• Every match in 2017 will feature a live video broadcast, including seven of nine conference matches on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go. The remainder of the home schedule will be streamed live through GoMarquette.com’s All-Access player, while road non-conference contests will feature a video broadcast from the host institution. In addition to accessing FOX Sports Go online and through the iOS and Android applications, fans can now download FOX Sports Go to Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV.