Marquette to face Drake and Louisville
Aug. 23, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team resumes non-conference action on Friday, Aug. 25 at Valley Fields against Drake at 7:30 p.m. Central time before making the trek to Kentucky to take on Louisville at noon CT on Sunday.
Friday's match against the Bulldogs will feature a free live video stream with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins on the call, while Sunday's contest will air on the ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through the WatchESPN application.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) are coming off an opening weekend that saw them drop their lid-lifter to then-No. 2 Stanford, 4-0, on Friday before rebounding with a 2-1 triumph over Kentucky at Valley Fields. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry made 11 saves over the weekend, including a career-best nine in the loss to the Cardinal, to earn BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Monday. Forwards Carrie Madden and Abby Hess each scored second half goals in the win over the Wildcats as MU evened its record on Sunday afternoon.
Drake (1-1) also split its two matches last weekend with a 1-0 overtime win over Weber State following a 3-0 loss at UNLV on Friday. Annie Schmitz scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs, who were out-shot 29-18 over the weekend. DU was picked to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll behind Illinois State, also a 2017 MU opponent. Leading returning scorer and two-time All-MVC selection Alyssa Brand (six goals in 2016) was named to the preseason all-conference team along with redshirt senior Rebecca Rodgers, the 2015 MVC Player of the Year.
Marquette and Drake last met during the 2006 season, which ended in a scoreless draw in Des Moines, Iowa. MU won the only other meeting, 2-1, in overtime in 2005.
Louisville will travel to Indiana on Thursday before returning home to welcome the Golden Eagles on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals picked up a pair of victories in the opening weekend with a 3-2 win over Boston University followed by a 2-0 shutout of Miami (Ohio) on Sunday. U of L out-shot its opponents 32-15 through its first two matches, with eight of those strikes coming from Emina Ekic. Gabrielle Vincent and Allison Whitfield each have three points on a goal and an assist through two matches, and all five goals have been scored by different players.
MU and U of L, former longtime conference rivals, have met on 23 previous occasions with the Cardinals coming out on the winning end 16 times (16-6-1). The last meeting resulted in a 3-2 double overtime victory for the Golden Eagles on Sept. 21, 2013.
The Cardinals' roster features the 2016-17 Wisconsin Girls Gatorade Player of the Year Taylor Kerwin of Whitefish Bay, who played 136 of 180 minutes in U of L's first two matches.
After the matches against Drake and Louisville, the Golden Eagles will return to Valley Fields to host the Marquette Invitational over Labor Day Weekend, welcoming Mercer, Central Michigan and Loyola-Chicago to Milwaukee.
EIGHT MAKE NCAA DEBUTS VS. STANFORD, PAIR WITH FIRST STARTS
• Ten Golden Eagles who did not see the field for Marquette in 2016 played in the season opener against No. 2 Stanford, including eight in their first ever NCAA action. Five of MU's six true freshmen saw the field, led by forward Kylie Sprecher who saw a team-high 44 minutes off the bench. Defensively, redshirt freshman Mary Kate Simon started alongside redshirt sophomore Bri Jaeger in their first career starts, while redshirt junior Heather Handwork also returned to the pitch after not playing last year.
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 324-147-54, including a mark of 303-120-46 in Markus Roeders' 22 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 proved to be Marquette's most potent finisher. The redshirt junior led MU with six goals and 17 points in 2016, including four match winners. 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.
• Madden was named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST Championship Team and was the only MU player named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. She scored her first goal of 2017 in the Aug. 20 match against Kentucky.
MU CAPTURED SIXTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE IN 2017
• 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 172-65-31 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.
• Henry notched a career-high nine saves in the 2017 lid-lifter against No. 2 Stanford and earned her fourth career BIG EAST weekly accolade with mention on the league's honor roll on Aug. 21.
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. She 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.
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