Marquette Travels to No. 12 Texas A&M Sunday

Caroline Fink recorded her first career goal Thursday night
Sept. 13, 2014

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The Marquette University women's soccer team (2-4-1) travels to College Station, Texas for a non-conference matchup with No 12 Texas A&M Aggies (5-1-1) Sunday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Central time. Sunday's tilt with SEC foe Texas A&M will be the final road match for the Golden Eagles during their non-conference schedule.

Marquette fell to crosstown-foe Milwaukee, 5-4, on Thursday in its most recent action. Despite rallying back from a 4-0 deficit and tying the match in the final five minutes, the Blue and Gold were unable to fend off the Panthers who scored the game-winning goal in the 88th minute. The Golden Eagles put together an aggressive attack in second stanza, after trailing by three goals at the intermission. Mary Luba, Caroline Fink, Liz Bartels, and Heather Handwork all scored for Marquette during a 17-minute stretch in the second. MU senior Sofie Schunk made her first appearance between the pipes this season when she entered in the 69th minute for junior Amanda Engel.

The Texas A&M Aggies continued their 13-match home winning streak this past Thursday night when they defeated the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, 2-1 in College Station. The Aggies got on the board early on in the match when Meghan Streight knocked in a header off a free kick from teammate Karlie Mueller. FGCU scored the neutralizing goal in the 14th minute of the match and the game remained knotted at one all at the half. Four minutes into the second period, leading scorer Kelley Monogue broke the tie, scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the 49th.

Sunday's match between the Golden Eagles and Aggies will feature live stats via Texas A&M at Texas A&M additionally will provide free live audio on RadioAggieland and Live streaming will be available to SEC Network subscribers via SEC Network+ as part of the WatchESPN app and

SERIES HISTORY: The Golden Eagles and Texas A&M have met just twice over the years, with the Aggies holding a 2-0 edge in the all-time series. The most recent matchup occurred in 2000 when the Aggies bested Marquette 4-0 in College Station.

LAST TIME OUT: The Golden Eagles fell 5-4 to the Milwaukee Panthers this past Thursday night at Valley Fields. Rallying back from a 4-0 deficit, MU evened the score at four in the latter stages of the match but was unable to hold on against the Panthers.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: Nine different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Darian Powell and Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with two and Mary Luba, Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, Liz Bartels and Eli Beard all notching one goal apiece.

FRESHMEN FEATURED: Three freshmen, Eli Beard, Caroline Fink and Heather Handwork, have already found the back of the net for Marquette so far this season. With a very young team overall, many new faces are making an impact early on for the Blue and Gold.

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.

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.




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