MILWAUKEE -- A lone Friday home match against Minnesota awaits the Marquette University women's soccer team this weekend when the Golden Eagles take to Valley Fields at 7 p.m.
Live statistics will be available on GameTracker through GoMarquette.com, as will a free live video stream with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Matt Schroeder (analyst) on the call.
Marquette is 1-3-1 all-time against Minnesota, including a 1-0 loss to the Golden Gophers on Aug. 29 of last season in Minneapolis. MU's lone victory in the series came in the form of another 1-0 decision on Sept. 13, 2009 at Valley Fields during MU assistant coach Ashley Bares' junior campaign as an MU student-athlete. The two squads also met in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Championship, which resulted in a 2-1 U of M victory in Minneapolis.
The Golden Eagles are a combined 24-17-7 all-time against the traditional members of the Big Ten Conference and 26-21-7 including recent additions Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland.
Friday is faculty and staff appreciation night, featuring free admission for any Marquette faculty or staff and $2 admission for their family members. There will also be a free Qdoba taco bar for MU students in attendance.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
The Golden Eagles topped Boston University 3-0 on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields for their first home win of the campaign. Junior midfielder Liz Bartels scored the game winner in the 20th minute, while the MU back line and goalkeeper Amanda Engel preserved Marquette's first clean sheet of the year. Redshirt sophomore Molly Pfeiffer added her second goal of the season 10 minutes after halftime on an assist from Bartels, while defender Erin Holland scored in her first start in the 85th minute. Holland missed MU's final five games of 2014 with a knee injury and did not play in Marquette's first two matches of 2015 before appearing in her first contest Friday against Portland. She played all 90 minutes on Sunday, allowing redshirt senior captain Jacie Jermier to move up into the midfield.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN GOPHERS
Minnesota enters Friday's contest on the heels of a 1-0 defeat at LSU on Sunday at the Battle on the Bayou in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers scored the game's lone goal in the 70th minute and outshot the Gophers 10-4 to hand Minnesota its first loss of the campaign. U of M topped Stephen F. Austin, 1-0, on Friday, Aug. 28 in its first game at LSU with sophomore Tori Burnett netting the winning goal in the 64th minute on her way to all-tournament honors. Teammates Rashida Beal, a freshman defender from Germantown, Wisconsin, and junior midfielder Josee Stiever of Cedarburg, Wisconsin also garnered recognition for their play. Simone Kolander leads the squad with a pair of goals this season.
BARTELS EARNS BIG EAST HONOR ROLL RECOGNITION
Junior midfielder Liz Bartels, an All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection, earned her first regular season conference accolade of the year on Monday afternoon with a mention on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Bartels posted a game-high three points with the game-winning goal and assist in MU's 3-0 win over BU on Sunday. Bartels has recorded a pair of helpers this season after leading the Golden Eagles with six assists in 2014.
JERMIER'S OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS VITAL FOR MU
Early in the second half against Portland, MU head coach Markus Roeders inserted junior defender Erin Holland into the lineup, allowing redshirt senior co-captain Jacie Jermier to move up into the midfield. Jermier responded in the 66th minute on a blast from 22 yards out over the UP keeper's head to put the Golden Eagles within a goal and her presence added a different dynamic offensively for MU. The McFarland, Wisconsin native remained in the midfield with Holland starting on MU's back line against Boston University, during which MU posted a 3-0 shutout victory. MU has posted five goals in just over 115 minutes since Jermier's move after posting three markers in almost 250 minutes prior.
GOLDEN EAGLES WRAP ANOTHER PRESEASON AT CAMP WHITCOMB
For the better part of Markus Roeders' tenure as Marquette head coach, the Golden Eagles have spent their preseason training at Camp Whitcomb in Hartland, Wisconsin and this year was no different. The camp, run by the Boys and Girls Club, allows MU to come together off campus and focus on team-building early in the preseason. Roeders and Morgan Proffitt have more:
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 151-52-25 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.