No. 21/17 Marquette Travels to Seton Hall
Sept. 20, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The No. 21/17 Marquette women's soccer team (5-2-0, 1-0-0) resumes BIG EAST play this weekend with a trip to New Jersey to face Seton Hall (6-4-0, 1-1-0) on Friday at 6:00 p.m. CT before traveling to Rutgers (7-3-0, 0-2-0) to take on the Scarlet Knights on Sunday.
In their last outing, the Pirates blanked Villanova, 0-2 at home. Stephanie Soma scored both goals for Seton Hall. The Pirates dropped an 8-0 contest to Georgetown in their BIG EAST opener. Friday marks just the third all-time meeting between the two squads with MU owning a 1-0-1 overall record. The last meeting was Oct. 4, 2009 and the Golden Eagles blanked Seton Hall 3-0 in Milwaukee.
Rutgers dropped both games last weekend its conference opening weekend. The Scarlet Knights fell to Villanova, 2-1 in OT despite outshooting the Wildcats 20-7. Rutgers then fell to Georgetown in a 1-0 contest. Sunday marks the fourth meeting between the two squads with the Scarlet Knights owning a 1-2 record over MU. The last meeting was Oct. 2, 2009 and the Golden Eagles fell, 3-1 in Milwaukee.
Last Time Out: Marquette broke away from conference play and hosted George Mason last Sunday. The Golden Eagles blanked the Patriots, 2-0 to earn their fifth victory. After a 0-0 first half, senior Ally Miller scored a goal in the 50th minute. A little over 10 minutes later, junior Taylor Madigan had a wide-open net after an assist from classmate Maegan Kelly and scored the second goal for MU. The Golden Eagles continued the trend of out-shooting opponents with a 22-3 edge over the Patriots.
Stay CLASS-y: Senior Ally Miller has been named a 2012 Senior CLASS Award candidate. The midfielder is currently one of 30 candidates among Division I NCAA women's soccer player. The Senior CLASS Award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I student-athlete of the year across 10 different sports. Miller has started all but three games in her career and has helped Marquette to three-straight BIG EAST American Division Championships. In 2011 Miller was an All-BIG EAST third team selection and an NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team honoree. Miller is an advertising and marketing major with a 3.862 grade point average.
No Scoring Here: Marquette's five shutouts this season rank second in the BIG EAST. The Golden Eagles are --a perfect 5-0 with a shutout when producing a shutout. Goalkeepers Sofie Schunk and Amanda Engel combine for a 1.22 goals against average, which ranks eighth among BIG EAST teams.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing just 1.25 goals per game in 2012. Opponents have taken just 55 shots this season and just 25 have been on goal. In eight contests, the Golden Eagles have allowed just 10 goals scored against them, which ranks sixth in the BIG EAST.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists. In eight matches this season, MU has totaled 22 assists and averages 2.75 per contest to lead the league. Multiple Golden Eagles rank in the top-10 individually: Junior Maegan Kelly has five total assists and ranks sixth in the conference with 0.62 per outing. Mady Vicker, Kate Reigle and Emily Jacobson are all tied for ninth in assists with 0.38 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.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles play at Rutgers on Sunday, Sept. 23 at noon CT. The squad will then return home and host Louisville on Friday, Sept. 28 at 7:00 p.m. CT before finishing the weekend hosting Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1:00 p.m.