WSOC and Louisville meet at noon on Sunday
Aug. 26, 2017
LOUISVILLE - The Marquette University women's soccer team continues non-conference action with its first regular season road match of the season against undefeated Louisville on Sunday at Lynn Stadium in Louisville.
Sunday's contest will be broadcast on the ACC Network Extra, which can be accessed through the WatchESPN application and will air live at noon Central time.
The Golden Eagles (2-1) won their second match of the year on Friday evening in impressive fashion with a 3-0 triumph over Drake at Valley Fields. Graduate student Darian Powell scored a pair of goals, including the match winner in the 24th minute, while redshirt junior Carrie Madden posted a goal and two assists. Madden, who led MU in both goals and assists last season, paces the Golden Eagles with six points this season.
Louisville (3-0), which is out-shooting its opponents by a 2-to-1 margin (50-25), defeated Indiana 2-0 on Thursday afternoon in Bloomington, Indiana as Emina Ekic scored her team-best second goal of the season and Kennadi Carbin added the other 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) last Sunday.
MU and U of L, former longtime conference rivals, have met on 23 previous occasions with the Golden Eagles 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 325-147-54, 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 and notched four points on a goal and two assists in the 3-0 shutout of Drake on Aug. 25.
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 173-65-31 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 scored a pair of goals in the 3-0 win over Drake on Aug. 25 to give her 20 career tallies and her first goal of the evening was also her eighth career match winner.
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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