No. 22/25 Marquette Travels to Illinois State on Sunday
Sept. 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE- The No. 22/25 Marquette women's soccer team (5-2) has a quick turnaround as it travels to Illinois State to face the Redbirds at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.
The Golden Eagles shutout Colgate, 1-0, on Friday night at Valley Fields. Senior Maegan Kelly tied the program's all-time assists record with 33 as she fed freshman Morgan Proffitt the ball on a corner kick. The goal was the game-winner and the first collegiate goal for Proffitt.
Illinois State (3-4-0) also tallied a victory on Friday evening as the Redbirds blankedSoutheast Missouri State, 4-0. Rachel Tejada recorded the third hat trick of her career in the victory. It was the first shutout for the Redbirds this season.
This will be the second meeting between the two programs. The Golden Eagles met ISU in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. MU came away with a 3-0 victory at Valley Fields.
Fans Should Arrive Early: Fans of both teams are encouraged buy tickets in advance and arrive early due to limited seating for home matches. Capacity for men's and women's soccer games at Valley Fields this fall is capped at 500 fans until the ongoing stadium project is finished in early October. Single-game and season tickets can be ordered online at GoMarquette.com/tickets. Purchase of 2013 season tickets includes a Marquette soccer scarf and admission to all home men's and women's soccer matches.
Kelly Breaks Record: Senior Maegan Kelly recorded her 33rd career assists on Friday against Colgate, which ties MU's all-time assists record. With her next assist she will become the all-time leader. Regina Sekyra has been the record holder since 1997- head coach Markus Roeders second at the helm of the program.
Proffitt Makes a Mark: Freshman Morgan Proffitt scored her first collegiate goal on Friday night, which proved to be the game winner in a 1-0 shutout over Colgate at Valley Fields. Proffitt headed the ball off of a corner kick from senior Maegan Kelly, which found the back of the net.
Tournament Honors: MU won the first annual Marquette Invitational last weekend with a 2-0 weekend. Seniors Taylor Madigan and Katie Hishmeh were named the offensive and defensive MVP's of the tournament, respectively. Classmate Emily Jacobson and junior Mady Vicker earned MU Invitational all-tournament honors. For her performance last weekend, Hishmeh was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 129-63 this season, including a 53-25 shots on goal margin. MU ranks third in the conference with 18.4 shots per contest. The Golden Eagles excel when outshooting opponents, as they hold a 5-0 recordwhen this occurs.
Welcome to the Valley: Marquette's home unbeaten streak is still going strong after a 1-0 shutout over Colgate on Friday. Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and own a 42-3-5 record throughout the past four seasons. The Golden Eagles have not lost a game at Valley Fields since Oct. 30, 2011 when they fell to Notre Dame in a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals contest- a streak of 15 matches.
Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and is 4-0 this season when two or more goals scored. The Golden Eagles defeated Portland State, 3-2, Oakland 4-1, Saint Mary's 3-0 and Colorado College, 3-1. Senior Taylor Madigan leads the squad with four goals this season and nine points. She is tied for third in the BIG EAST.
Weekly Rankings: After a 2-0 week last week, Marquette is back in the top 25 in all four major polls. The Golden Eagles are ranked No. 22 in the NSCAA poll and No. 25 in the Soccer America ranking. MU is also No. 18 and 20 in the TopDrawerSoccer and College Sports Madness polls, respectively.
Up Next: MU will play just one contest next week and returns to Valley Fields on Saturday, Sept. 21. The Golden Eagles host former conference foe Louisville at 6 p.m.