No. 25 Marquette Concludes MU Invitational Sunday
Sep 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The No. 25 Marquette women's soccer team (3-2) will return to Valley Fields on Sunday to conclude the first annual Marquette Invitational. The Golden Eagles will host Colorado College beginning at 1:30 p.m. CT. The game is the second in a tripleheader of soccer at the Valley. as Saint Mary's and Loyola-Chicago will play at 11 a.m. and the MU men's squad will take the field at the conclusion of the women's game.
MU recorded its first shutout victory of the season on Friday evening with a 3-0 decision over Saint Mary's. The Golden Eagles received goals from seniors Cara Jacobson and Taylor Madigan and junior Mary Luba. Sophomore Amanda Engel registered a clean sheet in net with five saves.
Colorado College defeated Loyola-Chicago, 2-0, on Friday to open the MU Invitational. The Tigers own a 2-2 record heading into Sunday.
Jesse Ayers and Lynn Froetscher scored the goals for the Tigers. Goalkeeper Kate Scheele registered two saves while recording the victory in net.
This is the first meeting between Marquette and Colorado College.
Prior to Sunday's game there will be a tailgate for all students, which will include free hot dogs, a USA Soccer prize pack and FIFA contests with the men's team. The tailgate begins at 12:30 p.m.
Fans Should Arrive Early: Fans of both teams are encouraged buy tickets in advance and arrive early due to limited seating for home matches. Capacity for men's and women's soccer games at Valley Fields this fall is capped at 500 fans until the ongoing stadium project is finished in early October. Single-game and season tickets can be ordered online at GoMarquette.com/tickets. Purchase of 2013 season tickets includes a Marquette soccer scarf and admission to all home men's and women's soccer matches.
Kelly Watch: Senior Maegan Kelly has 31 career assists through three completed seasons at Marquette. She currently ranks second on MU's all-time leaders list with 31 and needs just three more assists to become Marquette's career assists leader. Regina Sekyra (1994-97) currently ranks first with 33 assists.
Tournament Honors: Seniors Emily Jacobson and Taylor Madigan were named to the Notre Dame adidas Invitational all-tournament team following the conclusion of last weekend's games. Madigan handed out the assist on freshman Ashley Handwork's goal for the Golden Eagles against No. 4 UCLA. Jacobson anchored MU's defense for the weekend and helped hold the Bruins to just three shots on goal.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 91-49 this season and own a 38-19 shots on goal advantage. The Golden Eagles' 91 shots ranks third amongst BIG EAST squads, while their 18.2 shots per game average ranks fourth. MU held Saint Mary's to just six shots in Friday night's contest, while tallying 20. Marquette is 3-0 this season when outshooting opponents.
Welcome to the Valley: The Golden Eagles made their first appearance on their home field, Valley Fields on Friday against Saint Mary's and kept the home winning streak alive. Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and own a 40-3-5 record throughout the past four seasons. The Golden Eagles have not lost a game at Valley Fields since Oct. 30, 2011 when they fell to Notre Dame in a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals contest- a streak of 12 matches.
Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and are 3-0 this season with two or more goals scored. The Golden Eagles defeated Portland State, 3-2, Oakland 4-1 and Saint Mary's 3-0.
Weekly Rankings: Marquette is ranked No. 25 in the NSCAA/TopDrawerSoccer.com poll this week and fell out of the Top 25 in the Soccer America poll. The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 22 in the CollegeSportsMadness poll.
Up Next: MU will host Colgate on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m at Valley Fields.