No. 24/19 Marquette Returns To Valley Fields On Sunday
Sept. 15, 2012
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The No. 24/19 Marquette women's soccer team (4-2-1) returns home to Valley Fields on Sunday and will welcome George Mason (4-4-0) for a 1:00 p.m. CT kick-off.
In their last outing, the Patriots dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 7 Virginia before turning in a 3-1 victory over Richmond last weekend.
This is the first meeting between the two squads.
Sunday is Marquette Kids Day at Valley Fields. All Marquette Kids Club members can attend this game for FREE! Show your membership credential at the ticket gate for admission.
There is also a post-match clinic: All youth (ages 5-14) are invited to pre-register for a free post-game soccer clinic conducted by members of the Women's Soccer team and coaching staff.. Each clinic attendee will receive admission to the match, a snack, and a t-shirt. (Clinic will be limited to the first 100 youth who sign up).
Last Time Out: Marquette opened 2012 BIG EAST play with a decisive 5-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. MU is now 7-1 in BIG EAST openers. Senior Rachel Brown, juniors Maegan Kelly, Ashley Stemmeler and Kate Reigle, and sophomore Mady Vicker each scored a goal for MU. Vicker also recorded two assists in the game, while Reigle handed out one. Seniors Megan Jaskowiak and Rachael Sloan, junior Emily Jacobson and sophomore Mary Luba also gave out one assist. Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned her first collegiate start. She played 90 minutes and tallied two saves.
Offensive Burst: Marquette's five goals against Pittsburgh Thursday was a season high from the Golden Eagles offense. MU is averaging 2.43 goals per game and ranks third in the league. The Golden Eagles are tied for second with 17 total goals. Kate Reigle is tied for 10th in the BIG EAST with three goals this season.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing just 1.43 goals per game in 2012. Of 52 total shots from opponents, just 23 have been shots on goal. In seven matches, the Golden Eagles defense have allowed just ten total goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Sofie Schunk has nine saves and a 0.92 goals against average.
Helping Handouts: Multiple Golden Eagles are among the top-10 in the BIG EAST in assists this season.Mady Vicker and Kate Reigle are tied for eighth in the league with three assists each. Vicker is tied for first with 0.75 assists per contest, while Reigle averages 0.43. Maegan Kelly is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST with four overall assists and ranks seventh with 0.57 assists per game.
Miller, Kelly Earn Preseason Accolades: Senior Ally Miller has been named the Preseason BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and was also named preseason all-league in a survey of the conference's head coaches. Kelly joined Miller on the squad and was also tabbed to the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List. Miller was named All-BIG EAST Third Team in 2011 while Kelly garnered first team accolades.
Miller Watch: Senior Ally Miller has been named to the Soccer America Preseason All-American squad. She is one of five defenders earning the preseason honors. The Mequon, Wis., native has started 63 of the 66 career matches in which she has played and has helped lead Marquette to three-straight division championships and NCAA appearances. She owns three career goals and has helped anchor one of the top defensive units in the nation during her tenure.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST play and will travel to Seton Hall on Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m. CT before heading to Rutgers to take on the nationally ranked Scarlet Knights on Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon CT.