MU hosts CMU, Mercer and Loyola for Marquette Invitational
Aug. 30, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s soccer team will welcome Central Michigan, Mercer and Loyola-Chicago to Valley Fields this weekend for the Marquette Invitational.
The Golden Eagles (3-1-0) will face Central Michigan at approximately 8:15 p.m. Central time on Friday, Sept. 1 before taking on Mercer at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3. Loyola and Mercer will kick off the invitational with a 3 p.m. contest on Friday and Loyola will also play Central Michigan at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
All four matches will feature live statistics through GoMarquette.com, while the contests in which Marquette plays will have free, live streaming video. Friday’s broadcast will be produced by MU’s student-run media organization, the Marquette Wire, with Andrew Goldstein (play-by-play) and John Steppe on the call and Sunday will feature Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins.
Current Military personnel and veterans receive free admission to this weekend’s matches, while their family members will be charged the $2 group rate for individual admission. Marquette will also host a petting zoo on Friday during the men’s match against UIC and prior to the women’s contest against CMU (approx. 5:30-8:30 p.m.).
The Golden Eagles enter the weekend on a three-match winning streak and have not allowed a goal in the last 201:55. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Henry earned her fifth career clean sheet on Sunday at Louisville and BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. Redshirt junior Ryley Bugay and senior Eli Beard each scored their first goals of the season in that 2-0 victory as MU picked up its third win in the first four matches of a season for the first time since 2012 (4-0).
The Chippewas (2-1-1) picked up a pair of wins last weekend against Robert Morris (4-0) and at Oakland (3-2, OT) as Madison Costner and Mary Carlson swept the Mid-American Conference weekly awards. Coster was named the league’s offensive player of the week after scoring a pair of goals at Oakland and leads the squad this season with three goals and seven total points. Junior forward Lexi Pelafas was one of 30 players named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List in August and CMU was pegged to finish second in the MAC West Division Coaches’ Poll.
Mercer (2-2-0) won its first two matches of the year 1-0 before dropping a pair of 2-0 decisions to Siena and Kennesaw State at home last weekend. Sarah Adcock and Caroline Smith scored in the victories over Troy and Montevallo over the opening weekend for head coach Tony Economopoulos’ squad. The Golden Eagles are 3-0-1 all-time against Central Michigan, having outscored them 5-0 in three previous meetings, and have never met Mercer.
Following this week, Marquette will make its first extended road swing of the year with matches at Boston University and Rhode Island on Friday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 10.
BEARD AND BUGAY STEP UP AT LOUISVILLE
• With the departure of last year’s large senior class, the 2017 Golden Eagles need contributions from players like midfielders Eli Beard and Ryley Bugay in supporting roles. The pair stepped up in the win at Louisville on Sunday, Aug. 27 with their first goals of the year. Bugay’s match winner, the first tally of her career, came on a penalty kick in the 51st minute and the redshirt junior leads MU through its first four matches with 339 minutes played. Beard scored the day’s final goal from 40 yards in the 69th minute to mark just her second goal since her 2014 freshman campaign.
HENRY CONTINUES LINE OF MULTI-YEAR STARTERS IN NET
• Maddy Henry notched a career-high nine saves in the 2017 lid-lifter against No. 2 Stanford to earn her fourth career BIG EAST weekly accolade with mention on the league’s honor roll on Aug. 21. She was also named the league’s goalkeeper of the week on Aug. 28 for the first time in her career after helping MU to shutout wins over Drake and at Louisville.
• 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.
POWELL RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON
• Powell scored a pair of goals in the 3-0 win against Drake on Sept. 25 to push her to 20 in her career and tie her for 10th in MU history with seven career match winners.
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
MADDEN EARNS PRESEASON NOD AFTER BREAKTHROUGH 2016
• 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 added a goal and two assists against Drake on Aug. 25.
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