Golden Eagles Head South for the Auburn Tournament
Sept. 10, 2008
The Marquette women's soccer team hits the road for the first time this season as it heads to Auburn, Ala., to play in the Auburn Tournament. There, the Golden Eagles will square off against a pair of NCAA Tournament participants from a season ago in South Carolina on Friday, Sept. 12 at 4:30 p.m. and Auburn on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
"Again, we will use the trip to play some excellent competition and prepare for our BIG EAST opener at USF next week," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Any time we can take part of an elite tournament, that includes Auburn, South Carolina and Florida State, we have to play at our best. We are getting better and our opponent will demand the best out of our squad. Playing on the road is tougher but we will be prepared"
The Golden Eagles (4-1-0) are looking to build on their 1-0 overtime win against BYU at Valley Fields Saturday. Sophomore Rosie Malone-Povolny netted her first goal of the season, second of her career, which was the game winner against the Cougars in the 99th minute. Marquette has had no trouble creating opportunities as it has out shot its foes, 96-30, but has only converted six of those chances into goals. However, Roeders is content with knowing anyone on the field is capable of scoring for MU as five different Golden Eagles have tallied goals already this season.
"Anyone on the field can score at any given time. The thing is with good teams, you aren't going to win 3-0 or 4-1, it is going to be tight matches that will come down to one goal which is what we have seen already this season. Our possession and attack as been good and continues to improve, and that leads to other players scoring as well," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles will look to hand South Carolina (4-0-1) its first loss of the season Thursday when they meet. The Gamecocks defeated East Carolina (1-0), Boston University (1-0), Furman (2-0), Clemson (1-0), and tied UNC-Willimington (0-0).
Junior midfielder Lindsey Small was named to the Soccer America National Team of the week following her performance in the Carolina's Cup last weekend where she scored the game-winning goal over Clemson to help claim the tournament championship. She leads Carolina with four points on two goals. Teammates, Kim Miller, Kayla Grimsley, and Samantha Diaz-Matosa follow with one goal each.
Goalkeeper Mollie Patton has 15 saves on the season and has a .938 saves percentage. She is the only goal keeper to see action so far this season. Auburn (2-3-1) opened the season with back-to-back victories over Grambling State (9-0) and UAB (1-0) but have since not won a game dropping to Missouri (1-0), Kansas (2-1) and Stanford (3-0). In their last time out, Auburn tied then No. 5 Virginia, 1-1. Nine different Tigers have scored goals this season with Gabi Rivera leading the way with six points on two goals and two assists. In goal, Allison Whitworth has played over 500 minutes in net and has recorded a 1.25 goals against average and one shutout for the season.
Auburn will play No. 7 Florida State on Friday prior to its match with the Golden Eagles.