Marquette Welcomes Milwaukee to Valley Fields Thursday
Sept. 10, 2014
The Golden Eagles head into the match against the Panthers fresh off the heels of an undefeated weekend at the Colorado College Invitational in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Golden Eagles topped the New Mexico Lobos, 2-1 in their first match of the tournament despite a 1-0 defecit at the half. Jacie Jermier scored the equalizer in the 51st minute off a free kick opportunity. Moments later Eli Beard then put the Blue and Gold on top for good when she recorded her first collegiate goal, and the eventual game winner in the 53rd minute. MU registered a 0-0 double-overtime draw in its final match of the weekend against the Colorado College Tigers. Junior Amanda Engel came through with a stellar, six save performance against the host Tigers.
The Milwaukee Panthers, losers of three-consecutive contests, are off to a 1-5 start so far in 2014. The Panthers fell in their most recent match to BIG EAST foe DePaul, 3-2.
Thursday's match between the Golden Ealges and Panthers will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and live stats will be provided via GameTracker at GoMarquette.com. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
PROMOS: All students in attendance Thursday will receive tacos at halftime courtesy of Qdoba and all students who attend both the men's (9/17) and women's matches against Milwaukee will receive a Marquette mini megaphone.
SERIES HISTORY: The Golden Eagles and Panthers have met annually since the series began in 1993. Marquette currently holds a 9-7-6 advantage over its Milwaukee counterpart, and claimed last year's meeting, 5-0, on the road at Engelmann Stadium.
LAST TIME OUT: The Golden Eagles tied the Colorado College Tigers 0-0 in double overtime in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Marquette goalkeeper Amanda Engel notched six saves and her second shutout of the season in 110 minutes of action against the Tigers.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Five different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Darian Powell and Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with two and Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork and Eli Beard all notching one goal apiece.
ENGEL EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS: Junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for her play in the Colorado College Invitational this past weekend. The Centennial, Colorado native, went unbeaten (1-0-1) in the return to her home state. Engel helped guide MU to a 2-1 victory over the New Mexico Lobos and helped MU draw a double-overtime tie against the Colorado College Tigers. Engel was especially impressive in Marquette's tie with tournament host Colorado College, where she notched six saves and recorded her second clean sheet of the season.
WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 48-5-5 record throughout the past four seasons for a true home-field advantage.
WHERE THE GOLDEN EAGLES STAND: Marquette leads the BIG EAST Conference in goals against average (.96) and is second in shutouts (2). With a veteran goalkeeper in Engel, and a young, aggressive defense, the Golden Eagles feature a staunch defensive unit in 2014.
ROEDERS RULES: In his 18+ seasons as the Golden Eagles' head coach, Markus Roeders has amassed a 274-98-38 record and has never suffered a losing season. His teams have earned six consecutive NCAA Championship berths, claimed five-straight BIG EAST regular season titles and won each of the last two BIG EAST Championships. Roeders was chosen by CSM as its 2014 preseason BIG EAST Coach of the Year.
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