No. 12/6 Marquette Is Back In Action At No. 6/4 Duke
DURHAM, N.C. - The No. 12/6 Marquette women's soccer team (3-1-1) will look to bounce back from its first loss of the season and take on No. 6/4 Duke, Sunday afternoon in Durham.
This will be just the third meeting between MU and Duke (4-1-0) on Sunday. The Golden Eagles own the series edge, 1-0-1 and have not metsince Sept. 2, 2006 where the squads finished in a 0-0 draw. On Sept. 2, the Blue Devils shutout Washington State in a 4-0 victory.
The match will be broadcast live by David Tukesbrey, Marquette Radio, on WMUR.
Last Time Out: Marquette suffered its first loss of the season against No.18/14 North Carolina Friday evening in Durham for the Duke/Nike Classic. The Golden Eagles struggled offensively taking just two shots, one on goal, both from junior Maegan Kelly. MU was out-shot 15-2 in the match and took no corner kicks. In goal, Sofie Schunk tallied four saves, while freshman Amanda Engel had two saves.
Miller Earns BIG EAST Honors: Senior midfielder Ally Miller was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 3. Against Northwestern, Miller scored a goal, which proved to be the game winner in a 2-0 victory. She also anchored MU's defense, which allowed zero goals and just five total shots.
Defense, Defense: The Golden Eagles have not allowed a goal this season and are out-shooting their opponents, 83-32. Just eight of the opponent shots have been on goal. MU also owns a 34-14 edge in corner kicks over opponents. Marquette is taking 14.2 shots per game, while allowing opponents to take just 7.8 shots per contest.
Sloan Returns: Senior Rachael Sloan is back in 2012 for her final season as a Golden Eagle after missing 2011 due to injury. Sloan is a two-time first team All-BIG EAST member and has already made a mark on MU this season. Sloan has two goals for the season and four points in five matches.
Oh Canada: Junior midfielder Vanessa Legault-Cordisco returns to the Golden Eagles squad after playing for the 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. Since returning, she has started two matches for MU.
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 Watch: 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.
Up Next: MU will play at Pittsburgh on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:00 p.m. CT to open the 2012 BIG EAST conference season. The Golden Eagles host George Mason home at Valley Fields on Sunday, Sept. 16 at 1:00 p.m. CT.