WSOC heads to Santa Clara and Stanford

Aug. 31, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 5
Marquette (2-2-0) at No. 22 Santa Clara (2-2-0)
Date Thursday, Sept. 1 | 9:30 p.m. CT
Location Stevens Stadium | Santa Clara, Calif.
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2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 6
Marquette (2-2-0) at No. 2 Stanford (3-0-0)
Date Sunday, Sept. 4 | 3 p.m. CT
Location Laird Q. Cagan Stadium | Stanford, Calif.
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MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team will take on No. 22 Santa Clara and No. 2 Stanford for the first time since 2004 when the squad heads to the West Coast for a Thursday, Sept. 1 matchup with SCU and a Sunday, Sept. 4 meeting with the Cardinal.

Both matches will feature live streaming video through each opponent’s athletics website and live statistics will also be available from each institution, linked through Live updates on Twitter can be accessed on Marquette’s profile, @MUWomensSoccer.

The Golden Eagles are coming off a pair of 2-1 victories over Illinois State and Michigan last week to even their record at 2-2 on the season. Left back Emily Hess led MU with a goal and an assist on her way to BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week honors while Morgan Proffitt and Darian Powell each chipped in a goal as well.

Marquette has never beaten either the Broncos or the Cardinal, with losses to each coming in MU’s last trip to the Bay Area for a tournament at Santa Clara in 2004. The Golden Eagles dropped a 2-0 decision to Santa Clara on Friday, Sept. 24, 2004 before falling to Stanford on Sunday afternoon.

Following Sunday’s contest, Marquette returns home to host crosstown-foe Milwaukee at Valley Fields on Friday, Sept. 9.


• The Golden Eagles picked up a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Michigan on Sunday at Valley Fields to hand the Wolverines their first loss of the season. Michigan, which had just shut out then-No. 12 Notre Dame 2-0, scored the match’s first goal in the 35th minute to take a 1-0 lead into the half. Freshman Emily Hess drew a penalty in the 50th minute, which allowed Morgan Proffitt to tally the equalizer on a PK, and Hess used a free kick in the 68th minute to set up a Molly Pfeiffer’s match-winning header. The Golden Eagles were outshot 10-9, but received a 5-3 edge in corner kicks.


• Santa Clara took losses to Washington State last Thursday and Washington on Sunday, with Jordan Jesolva notching the only Bronco goal in the two matches, coming in the 18th minute against the Huskies. Santa Clara was selected by the West Coast Conference coaches to finish second in the league, and were ranked at No. 21 in the NSCAA preseason poll. Julie Vaas and Kellie Peay were among 12 athletes to be named to the preseason All-WCC team.


• The Cardinal moved to 3-0 on the season after defeating then-No. 6 Florida, 1-0, on August 26, with a clutch goal coming from sophomore midfielder Jordan DiBiasi in the 96th minute. Stanford started the year by defeating Georgetown and Navy and has outscored all three teams by a combined 6-1, with five of those goals coming from the sophomore class. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell earned Pac-12 Goalkeeper of the Week after recording her 31th career shutout against the Gators with four saves. The Cardinal began the season ranked at No. 5 by the NSCAA preseason poll and have climbed to No. 2 in Tuesday’s most recent ranking. Stanford is also the current top-ranked team in the TopDrawerSoccer and Soccer America rankings and will host Wisconsin on Thursday before welcoming the Golden Eagles.


• Freshman Emily Hess was recognized for her play against Illinois State and Michigan with honors from both the BIG EAST Conference and TopDrawerSoccer. After notching three points and drawing a penalty kick that led to another goal in the two matches, Hess was named the BIG EAST’s top freshman over the last week and was also named as a defender on TopDrawerSoccer’s Team of the Week.

• 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. 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 65-of-67 matches in her career and has recorded six 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 and made five in her first home victory over Michigan.


• 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 160-60-29 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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