No. 14 Marquette Opens 2013 Season at No. 15 Portland
Aug 22, 2013
The No. 14 Marquette women's soccer team opens its 21st season of competition on Friday when the squad travels to No. 15 Portland. Kick-off is slated for 9 p.m. CT. The 2013 lidlifter marks the first-ever meeting for the two successful programs.
MU returns six starters from last season's squad that advanced to the program's third NCAA Sweet 16 and compiled an 18-2-3 overall record. Included in the returners are four all-conference selections. The Golden Eagles were picked to finish first in the BIG EAST coaches preseason poll and have won four consecutive division championships.
Portland returns nine starters from a 2012 season that had the Pilots advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Portland was selected to finish second in the West Coast Conference by a survey of the league's coaches. The Pilots will face 10 opponents this season that reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
The match will be streamed live and for free at www.portlandpilots.com
MU Trio Earns Preseason Accolades: Seniors Maegan Kelly, Emily Jacobson and Taylor Madigan were all picked to the All-BIG EAST preseason squad as picked by the conference head coaches. The trio all earned all-conference recognition at the conclusion of the 2012 season.
National Recognition: Seniors Maegan Kelly and Emily Jacobson have been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Top 100 list to open 2013. The duo rounded out the Top 50 spots with Kelly earning a spot at No. 20 and Jacobson at No. 45. Kelly was also named to the website's Preseason Best XI Second Team.
Top 25: Marquette is ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in the three main preseason polls. The Golden Eagles rank No. 13 in the Soccer America poll and rank No. 14 in both the NSCAA and TopDrawerSoccer.com polls. MU finished 2012 ranked No. 12 in the season-ending poll.
Kelly Watch: Senior Maegan Kelly has 29 career assists through three completed seasons at Marquette. She currently ranks second on MU's all-time leaders list with 29 and needs just five more assists to become Marquette's career assists leader. Regina Sekyra (1994-97) currently ranks first with 33 assists.
No Scoring Allowed: Marquette has recorded a program record 17 shutouts last season, which tied for most in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles also recorded an NCAA-best shutout percentage of .739. MU was 15-0-2 when producing a shutout last season.
Winning Ways: The Golden Eagles have compiled 17 consecutive winning seasons, which ranks eighth all-time in NCAA Division I history and is tied for the nation's sixth-longest active winning streak. Head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez are in their 18th season at the helm of the squad. The duo, college teammates at UNC-Asheville, has never suffered a losing season.
Returning Scoring: Marquette returns its top two scoring leaders from last season in seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan. The duo combined for 51 points on 17 goals and 17 assists. Classmate Kate Reigle was MU's fourth scoring leader in 2012 with five goals and five assists. Juniors Mary Luba and Mady Vicker each posted four goals and four assists a year ago to help the Golden Eagles.
Lidlifter Success: MU is 11-7-2 all-time in season openers. The Golden Eagles have won three consecutive openers and seven of the past eight. This is the first ranked opponent that Marquette will open a season against since the 2005 season. That year, MU defeated No. 13 Illinois in a 1-0 decision at Valley Fields.
Up Next: MU will travel to Portland State on Sunday, Aug. 25. This will be the first-ever matchup between Portland State and the Golden Eagles. Kick-off is set for Noon CT.