Marquette Defeats Michigan 1-0
The Golden Eagles finished out the MKE cup undefeated after beating the Wolverines of the University of Michigan 1-0 at Valley Fields on Sunday afternoon. Lindsey Page netted Marquette's lone goal during the 83rd minute of the action.
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team kicks off its 2015 campaign this weekend with its regular season home opener against Utah on Friday, Aug. 21 and a road match at Michigan on Sunday afternoon.
The Golden Eagles and Utes are slated to get underway at 7 p.m. Friday at Valley Fields before the squad heads to Michigan early Saturday morning for a 4 p.m. Central time meeting with Michigan on Sunday, Aug. 23.
Both contests will feature live statistics through GameTracker, while Friday's game at Valley Fields can be viewed live for free on GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins (analyst) on the call.
The meeting with the Utes is the first between the two programs, while Marquette is 2-1-0 all-time against the Wolverines with the last meeting coming in the form of a 1-0 victory on Aug. 30, 2009 at Valley Fields.
Friday is camper reunion night and MU's `Family 4 Pack' promotion. Families can purchase four general admission tickets, four hot dogs, and four bags of chips for just $25. Call 414-288-4852 to purchase or for more information.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
Sophomore Caroline Fink's equalizer in the 59th minute allowed Marquette to come away with a 1-1 draw in its exhibition opener against No. 14 Wisconsin on Thursday, Aug. 13 at the McClimon Soccer Complex. Fink's goal came with 31:43 to play in the second half after Wisconsin took a 1-0 lead into halftime. Junior forward Ashley Handwork faked her defender as Liz Bartels got the ball to Fink at the center of the box, who found the net just inside the far post. MU is 3-2-4 against UW in exhibition action over the last nine years.
SCOUTING THE UTES:
Utah opens its season at Valley Fields on Friday before making the trek down Lake Michigan to face MU's BIG EAST rival DePaul on Sunday, Aug. 23. The Utes are led by 14th-year head coach Rich Manning, who has led them to six NCAA tournament appearances in his tenure in Salt Lake City. Coming off a 2014 season in which they went 8-8-4, they were pegged 10th in the Pacific-12 Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Lindsey Luke played every minute of Utah's 20 games in 2014 and finished second in the Pac-12 in both save percentage (.825) and saves (4.95/game).
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES:
Michigan picked up a 3-1 victory over Ohio State in its lone exhibition contest of the fall on Wednesday, Aug. 12 with Lulu Haidar, Taylor Timko and Abby Kastroll finding the net. Starting goalkeeper Megan Hinz did not allow a goal in over 76 minutes of action after recording an 11-3-3 record with five clean sheets in 2014. Forward Nicky Waldeck, a 2014 All-Big Ten First Team selection, returns as U of M's leading scorer from last season when she posted 12 goals and five assists for 29 points. The Wolverines are receiving votes (10 points) in the NSCAA Preseason Poll and were picked second in the Big Ten Preseason Coaches' Poll.
MU PEGGED FOURTH; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST SQUAD
Marquette was tabbed fourth in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Poll, while juniors Liz Bartels and Morgan Proffitt each were named to the conference's preseason team. The Golden Eagles, who were one of three BIG EAST programs receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, garnered 60 points in the coaches balloting, which is 10 points behind third-place Georgetown and 13 points ahead of Providence.
Bartels, a midfielder/forward, posted 12 points as a sophomore in 2014 with three goals and a team-high six assists on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team accolades. The Omaha, Nebraska native has played in all 42 matches of her collegiate career and is a two time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection.
Proffitt earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors on defense in 2014 while starting in 20 of 21 matches. The Columbus, Indiana native has scored a goal in both collegiate seasons and has also played in all 42 games over the last two campaigns (41 starts).
GOLDEN EAGLES ARE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAM 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 149-50-25 since that time and a mark of 78-17-9 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 only twice since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
MU HAS USED THREE STARTING KEEPERS SINCE ENTERING BIG EAST IN `05
The Golden Eagles have had remarkable consistency in net since joing the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign with just three primary starting goalkeepers over that time. Laura Boyer (2005-07), Natalie Kulla (2008-11) and Amanda Engel (2012-15) have all been MU's primary keeper of record during each season of their respective MU careers and rank among its all-time statistical leaders. Engel enters her fourth season as a starter in 2015 and is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (2012-13).
Marquette's roster features 10 new faces this season with nine incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer. The 10 student-athletes hail from five different states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Michigan with one Marquette women's soccer legacy in Allison Jacobson, the younger sister of the recently-graduated Emily and Cara Jacobson.
Four of the freshman were regionally ranked by the NSCAA, while midfielder Leah Celarek was ranked as the No. 126 player nationally in the incoming class. High-scoring forward Jamie Kutey was ranked 10th in the Heartland Region and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Second Team Spring All-American as a senior in 2015. After winning four state titles while playing the maximum 20 matches in the Kansas state tournament, Kutey scored in 19 of those contests and had 13 game-winners, including the winning tallies in her final two state title games.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER
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 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.
JERMIER, PROFFITT AND A. HANDWORK WIN 2015 WPSL TITLE
Jacie Jermier, Morgan Proffitt and Ashley Handwork and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves captured the 2015 Women's Premier Soccer League National Championship with a 2-1 victory over SoCal FC on July 26 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Handwork, who also scored in the semifinal, headed in the eventual game winner in the 52nd minute on a corner kick from former MU teammate Mary Luba, who scored the first goal of the day in the 18th minute. The championship is the first WSPL crown for Chicago, which had advanced to the title game previously in 2011 and 2012.
MARQUETTE FEATURED EIGHT TIMES ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK
Eight of Marquette's nine BIG EAST Conference regular season contests will be broadcast live by the BIG EAST Digital Network this season, beginning with MU's Sept. 27 league lid-lifter against Creighton at Valley Fields.