MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's soccer team returns to Valley Fields for a 7:30 p.m. contest with Portland on Friday and will also host Boston University on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Both contests will feature live statistics through GameTracker on GoMarquette.com, and a video stream that can be viewed live for free with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) on the call. Matt Schroeder will join Reed for Friday evening's broadcast against the Pilots.
Marquette has previously faced Portland once, a 1-0 loss on the West Coast on Aug. 23, 2013, and has never squared off against the Terriers.
Friday is high school and club team night and features a free Marquette Soccer tumbler cup giveaway for the first 200 students at Valley Fields. The first 300 students at the BU game on Sunday will receive free Marquette Soccer sunglasses.
BU will also take on Northwestern at 5 p.m. Friday prior to MU's contest with Portland.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
The Golden Eagles pulled out a 2-1 victory at Michigan on Sunday after being outshot 12-3 over the first 77 minutes of action in Ann Arbor. Freshman Allison Jacobson put MU on the board with her first collegiate goal at the 77:41 mark on a feed from Molly Pfeiffer and Pfeiffer added a goal of her own just 34 seconds later on a header from Liz Bartels. The tallies marked the first career points for both Jacobson and Pfeiffer.
SCOUTING THE PILOTS:
Portland dropped its first match of the season against Oregon State, 2-1, in double overtime on Friday, Aug. 21 despite holding a 15-4 edge in shots. A goal from defender Haylee DeGrood tied the contest 1-1 with just 38 seconds remaining to force extra time and the Beavers scored with 21 seconds left in the second overtime period for the win. The tilt with the Golden Eagles is the first of a four-game Midwestern road trip for Portland that also features matches against Notre Dame, Illinois and Michigan. The Pilots are paced by junior midfielder Allison Wetherington, who was voted to the 2015 All-West Coast Conference squad after earning a place on the all-league team last season.
SCOUTING THE TERRIERS:
BU dropped its season opener at cross-town rival BC, 2-1, and worked a scoreless draw against La Salle in Philadelphia on Monday. Prior to facing MU, the Terriers will play a neutral site game at the Valley on Friday against Northwestern. BU, tabbed as the preseason Patriot League favorite, features two players who were named to preseason all-conference in Jenna Fisher and McKenzie Hollenbaugh. Fisher, a forward, led BU in scoring last season with seven goals, five of which came in Patriot League play, and three were game-winners. Hollenbaugh, who was named the Patriot League's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, started all 22 games for the Terriers last season and played a key role towards helping BU hold opponents to just 0.70 goals per game.
PFEIFFER AND ENGEL ON FIRST BIG EAST HONOR ROLL OF 2015
Molly Pfeiffer and Amanda Engel were each named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, Aug. 24 after MU's win at Michigan. Pfeiffer, a redshirt sophomore midfielder, posted her first career goal, also the game winner, in the 79th minute against the Wolverines, while Engel did not allow a goal over the final 86:32 of regulation while making three saves. Michigan had scored eight goals in its season opening win over Eastern Michigan just two days prior. It is the first career weekly recognition for Pfeiffer.
MU PEGGED FOURTH; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST SQUAD
Marquette was tabbed fourth in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Poll, while juniors Liz Bartels and Morgan Proffitt each were named to the conference's preseason team. The Golden Eagles, who were one of three BIG EAST programs receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, garnered 60 points in the coaches balloting, which is 10 points behind third-place Georgetown and 13 points ahead of Providence.
Bartels, a midfielder/forward, posted 12 points as a sophomore in 2014 with three goals and a team-high six assists on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team accolades. The Omaha, Nebraska native has played in all 42 matches of her collegiate career and is a two time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection.
Proffitt earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors on defense in 2014 while starting in 20 of 21 matches. The Columbus, Indiana native has scored a goal in both collegiate seasons and has also played in all 42 games over the last two campaigns (41 starts).
GOLDEN EAGLES ARE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAM 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 150-51-25 since that time and a mark of 78-17-9 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 only twice since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
MU HAS USED THREE STARTING KEEPERS SINCE ENTERING BIG EAST IN `05
The Golden Eagles have had remarkable consistency in net since joing the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign with just three primary starting goalkeepers over that time. Laura Boyer (2005-07), Natalie Kulla (2008-11) and Amanda Engel (2012-15) have all been MU's primary keeper of record during each season of their respective MU careers and rank among its all-time statistical leaders. Engel enters her fourth season as a starter in 2015 and is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (2012-13).
Marquette's roster features 10 new faces this season with nine incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer. The 10 student-athletes hail from five different states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Michigan with one Marquette women's soccer legacy in Allison Jacobson, the younger sister of the recently-graduated Emily and Cara Jacobson.
Four of the freshman were regionally ranked by the NSCAA, while midfielder Leah Celarek was ranked as the No. 126 player nationally in the incoming class. High-scoring forward Jamie Kutey was ranked 10th in the Heartland Region and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Second Team Spring All-American as a senior in 2015. After winning four state titles while playing the maximum 20 matches in the Kansas state tournament, Kutey scored in 19 of those contests and had 13 game-winners, including the winning tallies in her final two state title games.
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 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.
JERMIER, PROFFITT AND A. HANDWORK WIN 2015 WPSL TITLE
Jacie Jermier, Morgan Proffitt and Ashley Handwork and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves captured the 2015 Women's Premier Soccer League National Championship with a 2-1 victory over SoCal FC on July 26 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Handwork, who also scored in the semifinal, headed in the eventual game winner in the 52nd minute on a corner kick from former MU teammate Mary Luba, who scored the first goal of the day in the 18th minute. The championship is the first WSPL crown for Chicago, which had advanced to the title game previously in 2011 and 2012.
MARQUETTE FEATURED EIGHT TIMES ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK
Eight of Marquette's nine BIG EAST Conference regular season contests will be broadcast live by the BIG EAST Digital Network this season, beginning with MU's Sept. 27 league lid-lifter against Creighton at Valley Fields.