WSOC hosts Michigan Sunday in Home Opener

Aug. 26, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 4
Marquette (1-2-0) vs. Michigan (2-0-1)
Date Sunday, Aug. 28 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team hosts Michigan in its home opener at 1 p.m. Central time on Sunday, Aug. 28 at Valley Fields.

The Last Meeting
August 23, 2015
Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jacobson and Pfeiffer Push MU Past Michigan, 2-1
Goals from Allison Jacobson and Molly Pfeiffer just 34 seconds apart allowed the Marquette University women's soccer team to pick up its first victory of the season, a 2-1 decision over Michigan on Sunday afternoon at U-M Soccer Stadium.

The contest will be broadcast live on with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins (analyst) on the call. Live statistics will also be available through GameTracker and live updates on Twitter can be accessed on the squad’s profile, @MUWomensSoccer.

First 200 students at the match receive a free shirt and every Sunday features the ‘Family 4 Pack’ - 4 tickets, 4 hot dogs and 4 bags of chips for $25.

The Golden Eagles (1-2) topped Illinois State, 2-1, on Thursday evening for their first win of the year after receiving goals from freshman defender Emily Hess and redshirt senior forward Darian Powell. Marquette, which dropped its first two matches of the year at Nebraska and Kansas, took a 1-0 lead and recorded the match winner in the 78th minute.

Marquette is 3-1-0 all-time against Michigan (2-0-1) and has come out victorious in each of the last three meetings. Last season, the Golden Eagles rebounded from a 1-0 halftime deficit in Ann Arbor as Molly Pfeiffer and Allison Jacobson scored 34 seconds apart in the second half. Ani Sarkisian scored U of M’s lone goal in 2015 in the fourth minute to give the Wolverines their early lead.

In their last 11 home openers at Valley Fields, the Golden Eagles are 10-1 with the only loss coming last season in overtime against Utah, a defeat that snapped a 10-match winning streak in home openers dating back to 2005.

Following Sunday’s contest, Marquette will head to California for matches against No. 13 Santa Clara and No. 3 Stanford over Labor Day weekend.


• The Golden Eagles secured their first victory of the season on Thursday evening with a 2-1 decision at Illinois State. Marquette, which had scored one goal in its first two matches of the season, took the game’s first lead as freshman Emily Hess converted on a corner kick in the fifth minute while making her first career start. After an own goal tied things up in the 23rd minute on a ball that ricocheted off Cali Pyzdrwoski and into the MU net, Pyzdrowski redeemed herself in the 78th minute by finding Darian Powell on a corner kick for the match-deciding tally. The game winner was Powell’s first of the year after playing limited minutes last weekend at Kansas. Freshman Maddy Henry made three saves in her first career victory and each team had a goal disallowed in the contest.


• Michigan shut down No. 12 Notre Dame, 2-0, on Thursday evening in Ann Arbor behind a pair of goals just over two minutes apart from Abby Kastroll and Katie Foug. The two tallies came midway through the second half and goalkeeper Sarah Jackson made three saves in net to preserve her third career clean sheet. The Wolverines held the Irish, who were averaging 18.5 shots in their first two matches, to just seven shots and defeated ND for the first time in regular season action since 2003. Michigan was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten preseason poll, while forwards Reilly Martin, Ani Sarkisian and Nicky Waldeck were named to the preseason honors list.


• Freshman Emily Hess played well enough in her 54 minutes of action during her collegiate debut at Kansas to earn herself a starting assignment at Illinois State and did not disappoint. The Batavia, Illinois native scored the game’s first goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick and looked to push the action up field offensively in her role as MU’s left back. The freshman played within herself in MU’s defensive third and made at least three takeaways on ISU players to win one-on-one battles and gain MU possession. Hess, who played for Eclipse Select SC, is one of two freshman to see the pitch for Marquette this season along with starting keeper Maddy Henry.


• 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 at Kansas on Aug. 21 and tallied her first goal of the year, the match winner, in a 2-1 victory at Illinois State on Aug. 25.


• 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.


• 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.


• 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. She picked up her first win while making three saves at Illinois State on Aug. 25.


• 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.


• 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 159-60-29 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.


• 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.


• 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."


• 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.




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