Marquette Takes on Illinois State Thursday on ESPN3

Aug. 23, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 3
Marquette (0-2-0) at Illinois State (0-2-0)
Date Thursday, Aug. 25 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Adelaide Street Field | Normal, Illinois
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NORMAL, Illinois – The Marquette University women’s soccer team heads to Normal, Illinois for a midweek matchup with Illinois State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 at Adelaide Street Field.

Live updates will be available on Marquette’s twitter profile @MUWomensSoccer as will statistics linked through GoMarquette.com. The contest will also be broadcast live through ESPN3 and the WatchESPN application.

The Golden Eagles (0-2) dropped a pair of matches in their opening weekend of competition, falling 2-1 at Nebraska in the 2016 regular season opener on Friday and 1-0 at Kansas on Sunday evening. Senior Liz Bartels scored the lone goal for Marquette over the weekend, with the tally coming in the 32nd minute against the Huskers in her native Nebraska. Freshman goalkeeper Maddy Henry made her collegiate debut on Friday and played all 180 minutes over the weekend, recording five saves as the Golden Eagles were outshot by a combined 22-16.

Marquette is 1-1-0 all-time against the Redbirds (0-2), which includes a 3-2 loss at ISU in the last meeting on Sept. 15, 2013.

Following Thursday’s match, the Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee to welcome Michigan to Valley Fields for a 1 p.m. showdown on Sunday in MU’s home opener.

MARQUETTE’S LAST TIME OUT:
• Kansas took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute of Sunday’s match in Lawrence and the Golden Eagles could not find the equalizer over the final 71:20 of regulation. Freshman keeper Maddy Henry made four saves in the loss for MU, which also received a pair of team saves as Emily Hess and Liz Bartels thwarted two KU scoring chances at the goalmouth in the first and second halves, respectively. Hess played 54 minutes as a defensive sub, while MU’s leading returning scorer Darian Powell saw 11 minutes off the bench in her first action of 2016.

SCOUTING THE REDBIRDS:
• Illinois State has dropped a pair of 1-0 decisions to Big Ten opponents in its first two contests of the 2016 campaign. The Redbirds began the year with a home loss to Wisconsin before being shut out by Illinois on Sunday afternoon. ISU was outshot by a combined 35-24 in its first two matches and is led by a team-high eight shots from senior forward Lauren Koehl. Koehl was an All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team selection in 2015 after leading the squad with eight goals and a pair of assists. She was joined on the 2016 All-MVC Preseason Team by senior defender Paige Jarsombeck and the Redbirds were pegged fourth in the preseason coaches poll.

PROFFITT RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION’S ELITE
• 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.

GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
• 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.

POWELL SPARKS THE MU OFFENSE
• 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, who is working her way back from an offseason injury, made her 2016 debut by playing 11 minutes in MU’s 1-0 loss at Kansas on Aug. 21.

HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• 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.

• Henry made one save in her collegiate debut at Nebraska on Aug. 19 in her home state and recorded four saves at Kansas on Aug. 21 in her second game.

MARQUETTE GOAL SCORERS VARIED IN 2015
• 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.

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 158-60-29 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.

LIVE COVERAGE AT ALL-TIME HIGH IN 2016
• Outside of the Aug. 19 season opener at Nebraska, every match in 2016 will feature a live video broadcast, including eight 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.

MU PEGGED THIRD; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON SQUAD
• 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.

GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME SEVEN NEWCOMERS IN 2015
• 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."

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, 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
Marquette2
Illinois State3
September 15, 2013
Normal, Ill.
Late Comeback Falls Short at Illinois State
After falling behind, 3-0, the No. 22 Marquette women's soccer team mounted a furious comeback that fell just short as the Golden Eagles fell 3-2 at Illinois State on Sunday afternoon.


 

 

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