No. 8/9 Marquette's BIG EAST Title Defense Begins Thursday

Sept. 14, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - The No. 8/9 Marquette University women's soccer team begins its BIG EAST American Division title defense when it opens its seventh season of league play Thursday, Sept. 15 against Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. at Valley Fields. The game will be air on a tape-delay basis on Sports32 on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.

Thursday is Bang for your Buck Night. Hot dogs, drinks and chips will be priced at $1 each.

Following MU's league-opener against the Panthers, Marquette will travel to Morgantown, W.Va. to face American Division favorite, West Virginia, on Sunday, Sept. 18.

The Golden Eagles (7-1-0), winners of the last two BIG EAST American Division titles, enter the game riding a three-game win streak and a 13-game home unbeaten streak at Valley Fields dating back to the 2010 season. Marquette has won its last 15 BIG EAST Conference games and has gone unbeaten in its last 18 dating back to the 2009. MU's last regular season loss was to Rutgers, 3-1, on Oct. 2, 2009.

Marquette is 5-1 in BIG EAST Conference openers and has won the last four BIG EAST lidlifters.

Pittsburgh (1-5-2) comes to Milwaukee as losers of its last three games. The Panthers' lone win this season came against Delaware, 1-0, on Aug. 28. Ashley Cuba leads PITT with four goals, while Katelyn Ruhe has contributed one goal and a team-high two assists. Pittsburgh was selected to finish last in the BIG EAST American Division.

Marquette owns a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) over the Panthers. The Golden Eagles won the first four meetings before the two teams played to a scoreless draw last season at Valley Fields in 2009. MU came away with a 2-1 win at Pittsburgh last season.

West Virginia (4-3-0), who was picked to win the BIG EAST American Division, enters the weekend on a two-match win streak with wins over Marshall (3-0) and High Point (1-0). Blake Miller leads the team with two goals, while five Mountaineers have registered one goal and one assist. In goal, Sara Keane owns four shutouts and a 1.29 goals against average.

West Virginia will travel to play at USF on Thursday before hosting Marquette on Sunday.

Marquette is 2-5 all-time against the Mountaineers and has not defeated them on their home turf since the series commenced in 2005. Marquette earned 2-1 win at Valley Fields in 2010 and captured its first-ever win over WVU in the 2009 BIG EAST Championship Semifinals, 1-0.




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