Marquette Hosts LSU on Sunday

Junior Amanda Engel
Sept. 20, 2014

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The Marquette Golden Eagles continue their current four-game home stand when they host LSU this Sunday at Valley Fields for a 1 p.m. Central time tilt.

The Golden Eagles (3-5-1) are fresh off of a 1-0, upset victory over the No.16 Kansas Jayhawks, in which they handed Kansas its first loss of the year. Until Jacie Jermier's eventual game-winning goal in the seventh minute, the Jayhawks had not trailed at any point in any match so far this season, and had shutout their opponents for nearly 300 consecutive minutes. Jermier's conversion on a free kick from 19 yards out proved to be the deciding factor in the Golden Eagles home victory over KU.

LSU suffered a defeat in its most recent matchup, opening up its SEC season with a 3-1 road loss to the Missouri Tigers. Despite Jorian Baucom's equalizing goal in the 54th minute, LSU was unable to hold on in its conference lid lifter. Baucom notched her team-leading fifth goal in the losing effort.

LSU's match against the Golden Eagles wraps up a four-game road trip in which it has posted a 1-2 record, with a victory over BYU and losses to No.25 Duke and Missouri.

Sunday afternoon's matchup features two prominent goalkeepers in MU's Amanda Engel and LSU's Lily Alfield. Engel has already recorded 33 saves on the season, while Alfield leads the SEC with 41 saves.

After their matchup with LSU, the Blue and Gold kick off BIG EAST Conference action when they host the Creighton Bluejays next Thursday at Valley Fields.

SERIES HISTORY: Sunday will mark the first meeting between the two programs.

PROMOS: All students receive double fanatics points for attending Sunday's match. There will also be root beer floats served for just $1.

ENGEL THE ENFORCER: Junior keeper Amanda Engel collected a career-high ten saves against Texas A&M. She also earned her third clean sheet of the season in Friday's 1-0 shutout over Kansas. The Centennial, Colorado native has been honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and has appeared on the BIG EAST Conference's Weekly Honor Roll list already this season.

JERMIER'S SPECIALTY:All three of junior Jacie Jermier's goals this season have come from free kick's. Jermier is usually the go-to specialist for taking kicks on the right side of the field.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: Nine different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with three goals, while Darian Powell has netted two. Mary Luba, Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, Liz Bartels and Eli Beard all notching one goal apiece.

FRESHMAN FEATURED: Three freshmen, Eli Beard, Caroline Fink and Heather Handwork, have already found the back of the net for Marquette so far this season. With a very young team overall, many young players are making an impact early on for the Blue and Gold. Eight freshmen have already appeared in matches for the Golden Eagles and have recorded a total of 934 minutes played as a group.

HOT SHOOTING: The Golden Eagles currently rank fourth in the BIG EAST Conference in terms of total shots with 103 attempts in their eight contests. It is important for the Blue and Gold to maintain an offensive presence, because in both of Marquette's victories so far this season it has outshot its opponent.

WELCOME TO THRE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 49-7-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage.

 

 

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