WSOC hosts Marquette Invitational at Valley Fields
Sept. 14, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team will host the Marquette Invitational this weekend, beginning Friday at 7:30 p.m. when the squad takes on Cal Poly at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles (2-4-2) will also face CSUN on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the final match of the event.
In addition to the contests including the Golden Eagles (2-4-2), CSUN (3-1-4) will take on Loyola Chicago (0-5-2) at 4:30 p.m. Friday and Cal Poly (4-2-1) will face the Ramblers on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Both Marquette matches will be broadcast live on GoMarquette.com, while all four matches will feature live statistics. MU's Patrick Reed and Chris Jenkins will handle Friday night's call against Cal Poly and Sunday's game will be produced by Marquette's student-run media outlet the Marquette Wire (MUTV). Matt Unger and Jack Goods will broadcast the match against CSUN on Sunday.
The meetings against the Mustangs and Matadors are the first in program history for the Golden Eagles against the Big West schools. MU's lone match ever against a current member of the Big West came on Aug. 28, 2011, a 2-1 Marquette win over Long Beach State at Valley Fields.
Last season the Golden Eagles captured the crown in the Marquette Invitational with a 2-1 win over Northern Arizona and a 1-1 draw with South Dakota State. MU is 15-2-1 in matches during its annual fall home tournament over the last 10 years and is 1-0-1 at Valley Fields this season.
All faculty and staff in attendance will receive free admission in honor of Faculty and Staff Appreciation Weekend. The Golden Eagles will also honor their alumnae in attendance during Friday's contest against Cal Polly as part of the squad's `Alumni Weekend.'
Following Marquette's match against CSUN, the team begins BIG EAST Conference action in Omaha, Nebraska against Creighton. The bout takes place Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. CT on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
The Golden Eagles went 0-1-1 over the weekend with a 1-1 draw against Milwaukee on Friday at Valley Fields and a tough 1-0 defeat at then-No. 24 Northwestern on Sunday evening. Molly Pfeiffer scored the tying goal in the 89th minute against the Panthers after MU struggled to break through despite an 18-8 edge in shots. The draw was the second consecutive in the series against UWM and MU's second in the previous three matches this season. The loss to the Wildcats, who improved to a perfect 7-0, came as MU was out-shot 16-11 but fired two more shots than NU over the final 45 minutes. Freshman keeper Maddy Henry notched a new career high with eight saves to keep MU within striking distance.
SCOUTING THE MUSTANGS:
Cal Poly began the season with a 1-0 loss at No. 18 Cal before picking up three straight wins and won its last contest 1-0 at CSU Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Stephanie Magellan scored the lone goal against Bakersfield for the Mustangs, who are 1-2-1 away from home and a perfect 3-0 in San Luis Obispo. Caitlyn Kreutz, who was the Big West Offensive Player of the Week on Aug. 29, leads the Broncos with two goals and a pair of assists this season, while five other players have scored. Cal Poly was picked fifth in the Big West preseason coaches' poll and senior forward Megan Abutin, who has not seen action since starting the season opener at Cal, was named to the preseason all-conference squad.
SCOUTING THE MATADORS:
CSUN has lost just one of eight matches in 2016 and enters the weekend boasting one of the stoutest defenses in NCAA Division I by allowing just 0.25 goals per game, a total that ranks sixth nationally. The Matadors' lone loss this season came in a 1-0 defeat at the hands of North Dakota State on Aug. 26, which was followed by a 4-0 drubbing of South Dakota two days later. Outside of that win over the Coyotes, CSUN has scored just three goals and has seen the last three contests against San Diego, San Jose State and No. 21 Pepperdine end in scoreless draws. Junior defender Jovani McCaskill claimed league defensive player of the week honors on Monday after helping CSUN shutout SJSU and Pepperdine. Redshirt sophomore Lindsay Kutscher's two goals lead the Matadors, who were picked third in the Big West preseason poll. Kutscher's older sister Kourtney was named to the preseason all-conference squad along with junior Cynthia Sanchez.
HESS EARNS ACCLAIM EARLY IN YOUNG CAREER
Freshman Emily Hess was recognized for her play against Illinois State and Michigan with honors from both the BIG EAST Conference and TopDrawerSoccer. After notching three points and drawing a penalty kick that led to another goal in the two matches, Hess was named the BIG EAST's top freshman over the last week and was also named as a defender on TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Week.
Hess played well enough in her 54 minutes of action during her collegiate debut at Kansas to earn herself a starting assignment at Illinois State and did not disappoint. The Batavia, Illinois native scored the game's first goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick and looked to push the action up field offensively in her role as MU's left back. Hess, who played for Eclipse Select SC, is one of two freshman to see the pitch for Marquette this season along with starting keeper Maddy Henry.
POWELL SPARKS THE MU OFFENSE
Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in both 2014 and 2015 with seven goals in each of her first two seasons of action after sitting out both 2012 and 2013 with injuries. The La Porte City, Iowa native scored four of her seven goals in Marquette's final three regular season matches last season as MU defeated Villanova and Butler before falling at DePaul in overtime. Powell, who is working her way back from an offseason injury, made her 2016 debut by playing 11 minutes at Kansas on Aug. 21 and tallied her first goal of the year, the match winner, in a 2-1 victory at Illinois State on Aug. 25.
PROFFITT RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
Senior Morgan Proffitt has continued to rake in accolades following an All-BIG EAST First Team campaign as a junior, placing her among the top players in NCAA Division I. The Columbus, Indiana native began the summer with an invitation to U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 training camp in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended up making the 20-person squad for a tournament featuring Nordic countries in England during June. After a gold medal performance with the U.S. U-23 WNT, Proffitt was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy and selected as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Proffitt, the third MU player to ever be named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, has started 67-of-69 matches in her career and has recorded six goals, including three game winners.
The senior recorded goals this season to help the Golden Eagles defeat Michigan and record a draw at No. 22 Santa Clara. She has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll each of the last two weeks.
LIVE COVERAGE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN 2016
Outside of the Aug. 19 season opener at Nebraska, every match in 2016 will feature a live video broadcast, including eight of nine conference matches on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go. The remainder of the home schedule will be streamed live through GoMarquette.com's All-Access player, while road non-conference contests will feature a video broadcast from the host institution. In addition to accessing FOX Sports Go online and through the iOS and Android applications, fans can now download FOX Sports Go to Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The BIG EAST home opener against Seton Hall on Sept. 29 will be broadcast live locally on TWC SportsChannel WI (Channel 32/1332 HD).
GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
Twenty-five women on last year's 35-member team earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year and were honored on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. That group includes three student-athletes who carried 4.0s through both semesters in redshirt freshman Courtney Dugan and juniors Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer.
HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES
Freshman Maddy Henry is set to join an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.
Henry made one save in her collegiate debut at Nebraska on Aug. 19 in her home state and recorded four saves at Kansas on Aug. 21 in her second game. She picked up her first win while making three saves at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and made five in her first home victory over Michigan. The freshman has also posted her highest save totals against the best competition MU has faced this year, putting up seven saves at No. 2 Stanford and eight saves at No. 24 Northwestern.
MARQUETTE GOAL SCORERS VARIED IN 2015
The Golden Eagles return 92.9 percent (26 of 28 goals) of their goal scoring production from last season but finding consistent production was an issue at times late in the year. The Marquette offense was able to generate more than one goal on just two occasions in BIG EAST play after trouncing Creighton 5-1 in the league lid-lifter on Sept. 27. Head coach Markus Roeders hopes that the depth of MU's attacking midfielders and forwards will allow the offense to take a step forward in 2016. All-BIG EAST First Team selection Jacie Jermier is the lone goal scorer having departed the program, while Darian Powell, Marquette's leading goal scorer in each of the last two campaigns, is one of 10 returning scorers from last season. In addition to Powell's seven tallies, Liz Bartels, Molly Pfeiffer, Ashley Handwork and Morgan Proffitt each posted three goals in 2015.
GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS SINCE 2005
Since entering the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference's elite women's soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 160-62-31 since that time and a mark of 84-20-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament just three times since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
MU PEGGED THIRD; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON SQUAD
Senior Morgan Proffitt was selected as the BIG EAST Conference's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and the women's soccer team was picked to finish third, a survey of the league's head coaches revealed. Proffitt was joined on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team by classmate Liz Bartels.
Proffitt was a NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2015 after earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors on defense and was as a second team all-conference selection in 2014. The defender scored three goals as a junior and earned BIG EAST weekly recognition on three occasions, including a pair of defensive player of the week honors. She is the first MU player to be named BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year since Ally Miller in 2012.
Bartels earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors as a junior in 2015 after recording three goals, including a pair of match winners, and four assists. She played mostly in the midfield last season, but spent much of 2014 up front on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team recognition as a sophomore.
GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME SEVEN NEWCOMERS IN 2015
Marquette's roster boasts seven new players this fall who hail from Nebraska and four Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. The group contains a goalkeeper, Maddy Henry, three primary defenders, Mary Kate Simon, Emily Hess and Maura Weaver, as well as three midfielders/forwards in Erin Johnston, Abby Hess and Josie Fowler.
Roeders on their signing: "It is a great blend of players with Maddy Henry being one of the top goalkeepers coming out of high school. She will be a freshman but her demeanor, skill-set and poise playing the position is beyond a player arriving at the college level. Maura Weaver, Emily Hess and Mary Kate Simon each provide a defensive presence, winning personalities, high energy levels and toughness, in addition to their willingness to get involved in the attack. Erin Johnston is a crafty and versatile midfielder who has been around our program the longest as the younger sister to rising senior Meegan Johnston. Despite her size, Josie Fowler brings a level of skill, creativity and attacking flair that is hard to stop. Abby Hess brings athleticism, speed and a goal scoring mentality that is truly unique and should flourish at our level."
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER
A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette's soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29, 2015 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.
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