2011 Season Preview: Midfield and Forwards
Aug. 20, 2011
In anticipation of the 2011 Marquette women's soccer season, GoMarquette.com breaks down the team position by position. The final positions previewed are the midfielders and forwards.
Even with having to replace four-year veterans Rosie Malone-Povolny, Lauren Acree and Julia Victor, Marquette will still be deep in the midfield. Roeders will have many personnel options, which will give him the flexibility to play different formations and combinations.
A solid duo of returning starters in junior Rachel Brown and sophomore Taylor Madigan will be looked upon to control middle. Brown started in all 24 games in 2010 and had a knack to attack as she was one of seven double-digit point contributors, chipping in four goals and four assists. Madigan grew up quickly in 2010 working her way in the starting lineup for the final 16 games of the season. The Dane, Wis. native turned heads with four goals and two assists in her rookie campaign.
Other returnees that should see increased playing time in the middle are sophomores Cara Jacobson, Kate Riegle, Ashley Stemmeler and Sam Vicker. Jacobson saw action in 14 games and added one assist, while Reigle played in 11 games and scored two goals. Stemmeler, who is returning to the lineup after sitting out the 2010 season with injury, is back after a very productive spring season.
Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, a sophomore transfer from Evansville and a member of the Canadian National Team, also has the ability to contribute immediately. Legault-Cordisco was a key contributor for the Purple Aces as a freshman, earning Missouri Valley First Team honors after chipping in eight points on one goal and sixth assists.
Markus Roeders says that the team's best defense is scoring goals, and with seniors Rachael Sloan and Lindsey Page, junior Lisa Philbin and sophomore Maegan Kelly returning to lead MU's attack, the Golden Eagles should have few problems finding the back of the net. They possess a tireless work ethic and urgency to win which will prove difficult to defend.
Sloan, a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, co-led the squad last season with seven goals, four of which were game winners, and two assists. She will continue to send defenses into frenzies with her speed, physical play and powerful shot.
Page started in 11 games and registered two goals and two assists. Using her speed and fearless attacking style, Page is ready to end her career at Marquette on a high note and will be an integral member of MU¹s offense once again this season.
Kelly, a BIG EAST All-Rookie Team selection in 2010, had a break out freshman season as she led the Golden Eagles offense with 18 points on seven goals and four assists. She was a spark off the bench in all 24 games and came up clutch with three game-winning goals.
Philbin another speedy, versatile reserve saw time as both a midfielder and forward in 2010. She came off the bench to score three goals, including the game-tying goal against Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Championship. After dealing with nagging health issues, Philbin appears to be at full strength and ready to realize her full potential.
Also in the mix this season will be Britney Scott. She played in 13 games in 2010, but turned it up a notch during the spring season with two goals in a 3-2 win over Notre Dame.
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