Marquette welcomes Milwaukee to Valley Fields

Sept. 8, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 7
Marquette (2-3-1) vs. Milwaukee (3-2-1)
Date Friday, Sept. 9 | 7 p.m.
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 8
Marquette (2-3-1) at No. 24 Northwestern (5-0)
Date Sunday, Sept. 11 | 5 p.m.
Location Lakeside Field | Evanston, Ill.
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MILWAUKEE – For the 25th time in program history, the Marquette University women’s soccer team will face crosstown-foe Milwaukee at 7 p.m. on Friday at Valley Fields.

The match will be broadcast live on and produced by Marquette’s student-run media outlet the Marquette Wire (MUTV). Grant Becker and Jack Goods will handle the call from the Valley where MU is 1-0 this season with a 2-1 comeback victory over Michigan on Aug. 28.

All students in attendance will have access to a free Qdoba taco bar and Friday’s game is Wisconsin Youth Soccer Night, featuring 2-for-1 admission for all youth wearing their team jersey.

The Golden Eagles (2-3-1) own a narrow 9-8-7 edge in the all-time series against the Panthers (3-2-1) and neither team has won more than three-straight meetings in the history of the series. Marquette earned a 1-1 draw at Milwaukee last season as Erin Holland notched the equalizer from midfield in the 23rd minute and neither team was able to find the net in the near 90 minutes that followed. UWM captured the last meeting at Valley Fields, 5-4, in 2014 after MU rallied from a 4-0 deficit to tie the match

The two teams own an even 5-5-2 record in meetings contested at Valley Fields and MU’s longest winning streak came from 2011-13 with three victories by a combined score of 10-0.

Following the Golden Eagles’ match against Milwaukee, they will trek down the shores of Lake Michigan to take on No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) at Lakeside Field at 5 p.m. on Sunday in a match broadcast live through Studio N Live on


• The Golden Eagles went 0-1-1 over the weekend in California with a 1-1 draw at then-No. 22 Santa Clara on Thursday evening followed by a 3-0 defeat at No. 2 Stanford. Morgan Proffitt, who earned her second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on Monday, scored Marquette’s goal against the Broncos off a Molly Pfeiffer assist on an Emily Hess set piece. Including Proffitt’s header, five of MU’s six goals this season have come off set pieces with Proffitt and Hess having had a hand in four of them. Marquette was out-shot 31-2 by the Cardinal, but played to an even 10-10 ledger in shots against SCU with a 3-1 edge coming in the overtime periods.


• Milwaukee is off to a 3-2-1 start to the season, which includes victories over Akron, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois as well as a 1-1 draw at Wisconsin on Aug. 25. The Panthers dropped a 2-1 decision at Drake in their last contest on Sept. 4 as the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead goal in the 84th minute of action. Panthers’ midfielder Maria Stephans netted her third goal of the season in the 29th minute to put her team up by one, but the Bulldogs were quick to strike back as they evened the score just 10 minutes later. Mallory Geurts managed six saves for Milwaukee as the team was outshot 9-7 by Drake. Earlier in the weekend, Milwaukee handed Western Illinois a 4-0 loss Friday as Maria Stephans, Marissa Stovring, Anna Smalley and Maddie Tetzke all scored. Stephans leads UWM with seven points on three goals and an assist, while Callie O’Donnell shares the team lead with three tallies in 2016.


• No. 24 Northwestern (5-0) secured its fourth shutout of the season by defeating Colorado State 3-0 on Sunday afternoon as Brenna Lovera, Kourtney Scott and Mackenzie Howe all found the back of the net. Goalkeeper Lauren Clem extended her program-best total with her 26th career shutout over the Rams after setting the NU record in the previous match. The Wildcats’ more than doubled their prior season-high for shots and shots on goal in their win over Indiana State on Sept. 1, with 25 and 12, respectively, as Maddy Lucas and Kassidy Gorman each netted a goal. The Wildcats welcome Illinois State on Thursday evening before welcoming MU to Evanston.


• 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.

• The senior recorded goals this season to help the Golden Eagles defeat Michigan and record a draw at No. 22 Santa Clara. She has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll each of the last two weeks.


• Outside of the Aug. 19 season opener at Nebraska, every match in 2016 will feature a live video broadcast, including eight of nine conference matches on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go. The remainder of the home schedule will be streamed live through’s All-Access player, while road non-conference contests will feature a video broadcast from the host institution. In addition to accessing FOX Sports Go online and through the iOS and Android applications, fans can now download FOX Sports Go to Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The BIG EAST home opener against Seton Hall on Sept. 29 will be broadcast live locally on TWC SportsChannel WI (Channel 32/1332 HD in eastern Wisconsin).


• 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 160-61-30 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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