No. 21 Marquette Takes On Rutgers On Sunday
Sept. 22, 2012
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The No. 21 Marquette women's soccer team (6-2-1, 2-0-0) will travel to Rutgers to face the Scarlet Knights (8-3-0, 1-2-0) on Sunday at noon CT.
Rutgers earned a 1-0 overtime victory over USF on Friday evening to earn its first BIG EAST victory. The Scarlet Knights outshot USF 11-0 in the overtime periods.
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 picked up its second BIG EAST victory of the season and its sixth shutout of the year as the Golden Eagles blanked Seton Hall 4-0 on Friday evening. MU had a powerful first half scoring three of the four goals. Seniors Rachel Brown and Rachael Sloan and juniors Kate Reigle and Ashley Stemmeler each scored a goal. Brown, Reigle, senior Lisa Philibin and junior Maegan Kelly handed out one assist each.
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 six shutouts this season rank second in the BIG EAST. The Golden Eagles have shutout victories this season. Goalkeepers Sofie Schunk and Amanda Engel combine for a 1.08 goals against average, which ranks eighth among BIG EAST teams.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing just 1.11 goals per game in 2012. Opponents have taken just 63 shots this season and just 28 have been on goal. In nine contests, the Golden Eagles have allowed just 10 goals scored against them, which ranks sixth in the BIG EAST.
Wasting No Time: MU scored three goals in the first half against Seton Hall on Friday and held a 3-0 advantage heading in to the break. The Golden Eagles are 5-0 when they lead at halftime and 0-2 when trailing. Against George Mason, MU was tied 0-0 at intermission, but bounced back in the second half. MU is also 6-0 when scoring first in a match. In the two losses this season, the Golden Eagles failed to strike first.
She Shoots: The Golden Eagles have dominated possesion of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 163 shots and is averaging 18.1 shots per game. Junior Maegan Kelly has taken a team-high 25 shots, while Taylor Madigan has taken 23. Rachael Sloan has 20 total shots. Kate Reigle leads the Golden Eagles with four goals on 11 shots.
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 26 assists and averages 2.89 per contest to lead the league. Multiple Golden Eagles rank in the top-10 individually: Junior Maegan Kelly has six total assists and ranks sixth in the conference with 0.62 per outing. Junior Kate Reigle has handed out four assists this year, while Mady Vicker and Emily Jacobson are 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: MU returns home next weekend to host Louisville and Cincinnati in BIG EAST action. The Cardinals will visit Valley Fields on Friday, Sept. 28 for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff. Cincinnati will be at the Valley on Sunday, Sept. 30 and the game is slated to begin at 1:00 p.m. CT.