No. 12/8 Marquette Plays At Northwestern On Friday
Aug. 30, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The No. 12/8 Marquette women's soccer team (2-0-0) travels to Northwestern (2-1-0) on Friday and will face the Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. CT at Lakeside Field.
The Golden Eagles' two victories have both been 4-0 shutouts. Marquette has also had two matches (Florida State and Saint Louis) cancelled due to weather in the span of one week.
Northwestern tallied a 1-1 record last weekend defeating Miami (Ohio) 2-1 before falling to Dayton, 5-2.
This is the ninth all-time meeting between the two squads and MU owns a 5-1-2 record over the Wildcats. In 2011, at Valley Fields, the Golden Eagles picked up a 1-0 victory in OT. Marquette's lone loss to Northwestern came in a 1-0 defeat in Evanston in 1995.
Friday's match is being broadcast live by David Tukesbrey on WMUR, Marquette Student Radio. Click the link above to listen to the audio stream.
Sloan Returns: Senior Rachael Sloan is back in 2012 for her final season after missing 2011 due to injury. Sloan is a two-time All-BIG EAST first team member and has already made her mark on the Golden Eagles. Sloan leads the squad with two goals and four points in the two matches this season.
Legault-Cordisco Plays for U-20 Squad: Junior midfielder Vanessa Legault-Cordisco returns to the Golden Eagles' squad after playing for Canada in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan. Canada defeated Argentina 6-0 in its opening match, but dropped consecutive matches to end its time in the tournament. Legault-Cordisco played in all three matches and racked up 220 minutes of playing time.
Stellar Defense: Both of Marquette's victories this season have been shutouts. In the two matches, opponents have taken just five shots. St. Bonaventure tallied just two shots, none in the first half, while Milwaukee too just three shots.
Shot Opportunities: For the second consecutive match, Marquette outshot its opponent to register a shutout victory. Against Milwaukee, the Golden Eagles took 21 shots and held UWM to just three. 10 of those shots were on goal. MU also owned an edge on corner kicks as it took 11 kicks and held the Panthers to zero. In goal, Schunk earned her second win and second shutout of the season.
Miller, Kelly Earn Preseason Accolades: Senior Ally Miller has been named the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was also named preseason all-league in a survey of the conference's head coaches. Kelly joined Miller on the squad and was also tabbed to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Miller was named All-BIG EAST Third Team in 2011 while Kelly garnered first team accolades.
Miller Being Noticed: Senior Ally Miller has been named to the Soccer America Preseason All-American squad. She is one of five defenders earning the preseason honors. The Mequon, Wis., native has started 63 of the 66 career matches in which she has played and has helped lead Marquette to three-straight division championships and NCAA appearances. She owns three career goals and has helped anchor one of the top defensive units in the nation during her tenure.
Potential Starting Lineup Features Experience: Marquette's probable starting lineup features just one player (Schunk) who isn't at least competing in her respective junior campaign. Eight of the players own at least 30 career starting assignments and that group has combined for 69 total goals.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles will return home on Labor Day, Monday Sept. 3 to host Central Michigan. Kick-off at Valley Fields is set for 1:00 p.m. CT. Marquette will then play its next three matches on the road.