Women’s Soccer Heads to Michigan for Sunday Matinee

Eli Beard had a pair of shots for the Golden Eagles on Friday evening.

2015 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 2
RV Marquette (0-1) at RV Michigan (1-0)
Date Sunday, Aug. 23 | 4 p.m. CT
Location U-M Soccer Stadium | Ann Arbor, Mich.
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Aug. 22, 2015

MILWAUKEE  – On the heels of a 1-0 loss to Utah in its regular season opener on Friday evening, the Marquette University women’s soccer team heads to Michigan for a 4 p.m. Central time contest on Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Golden Eagles (0-1) are 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.

MARQUETTE’S LAST TIME OUT:

Marquette fell to Utah in the third minute of overtime on Friday evening at Valley Fields after putting a barrage of shots on the Utes in the final five minutes of regulation.

Utah senior defender Nykell Seymour netted the game winner in the 93rd minute after receiving a feed from sophomore Natalie Vukic about 16 yards out in the center of the box and firing it past MU keeper Amanda Engel. It was the lone shot for either side in the extra session.

MU generated four scoring opportunities in the final five minutes of regulation which were thwarted by Utah near the goal. Defender Kirsten Timmer served a free kick from near midfield to inside the box in the 85th minute which was saved after being headed by Darian Powell.

Roughly two minutes later Liz Bartels was fouled in the center of the pitch, resulting in a free kick from Jacie Jermier, which the senior sent in from 21 yards to just under the crossbar and had punched back out by the Utah keeper. Timmer ended up with the ball to the left of the goal off the ensuing corner, which she flipped back over her head to Ashley Handwork who was called offsides while she headed the ball in the net.

Bartels got another chance with 54 seconds remaining, but her shot nailed the upper right corner of the crossbar.

SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES:

Michigan toppled Eastern Michigan 8-1 on Friday evening at U-M Soccer Stadium in its own season opener, scoring the second-most amount of goals in program history in the process. Sophomore Taylor Timko led the Wolverines with three goals to become the ninth player ever at U of M to notch a hat trick, while senior Lulu Haidar recorded a career-high five points on two goals and one assist. Starting goalkeeper Megan Hinz did not allow a goal in over 73 minutes of action after recording an 11-3-3 record with five clean sheets in 2014.

The WOlverines also picked up a 3-1 victory over Ohio State in its lone exhibition contest of the fall on Wednesday, Aug. 12 with Haidar, Timko and Abby Kastroll finding the net. 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 149-51-25 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).

GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME 10 NEWCOMERS IN 2015

  • 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.

 

 

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