WSOC opens BIG EAST play Sunday at Creighton
Sept. 23, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team heads to Creighton on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. for its BIG EAST Conference opener in Omaha, Nebraska.
The match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go with Thor Tripp and Jon Schriner on the call from Morrison Stadium. Live statistics will also be provided through GoCreighton.com.
The Golden Eagles (4-4-2) are coming off a 2-0 weekend at their home invitational after picking up a pair of 3-2 victories over Cal Poly and CSUN. In both contests, MU allowed its opponents to equalize after taking a 2-0 lead before landing the eventual match winners in the 84th minute. Senior Meegan Johnston picked up BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after tallying two goals in Sunday's matinee against CSUN and an assist against Cal Poly.
Marquette is 4-2-1 all-time against the Bluejays (5-1-2) and has won each of the last three meetings as conference rivals. Last season, MU claimed the matchup 5-1 at Valley Fields behind a career-high two goals from then-junior Morgan Proffitt. Marquette posted an 18-9 edge in shots in that contest and held a 10-0 advantage in corner kicks.
Following Sunday's contest, Marquette returns to Valley Fields to face Seton Hall on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. in a match broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. The Golden Eagles will also welcome St. John's to Milwaukee on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 1 p.m. as they return to the BIG EAST Digital Network on FOX Sports Go.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
The Golden Eagles went 2-0 over the weekend in the Marquette Invitational, defeating Cal Poly and CSUN, 3-2, on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Molly Pfeiffer scored the first goal against Cal Poly and later had an assist on Carrie Madden's eventual match winner. On Sunday, the Golden Eagles beat CSUN 3-2 to capture the Marquette Invitational title on the strength of two Meegan Johnston goals in the first half. The Matadors answered back with a pair of their own before MU's Darian Powell struck with the winner in the 84th minute. Johnston was named the Offensive MVP of the invitational and Morgan Proffitt was named Defensive MVP. Pfeiffer and Madden joined Proffitt and Johnston on the all-tournament team.
SCOUTING THE BLUEJAYS:
Creighton enters the matchup on a three-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents 8-4 during that span. Senior Lauren Sullivan scored her fourth and fifth goals of the season in a 4-2 road win against Yale on Sunday in CU's last contest. The Bluejays, who were picked to finish seventh in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches' Poll, are 3-0-0 on the road and hold a home record of 2-1-2 at Morrison Stadium. Goalkeeper McKenzie Meola was named the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Sept. 4 after tallying six saves with a .750 save percentage and has started the last four matches in net for Creighton.
FIRST NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU'S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
The NCAA's first RPI rankings of 2016 were released on the week of Sept. 19 and showed the Golden Eagles second among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 44. Georgetown paced its league counterparts in third place nationally, while Providence (No. 73), Creighton (No. 78) and Butler (No. 96) followed MU in the top 100. Despite a .500 record (4-4-2) through non-conference action, Marquette's RPI ranking was boosted by pre-conference matchups with No. 1 Stanford, No. 10 Nebraska, No. 24 Michigan, No. 31 Northwestern and No. 39 Santa Clara.
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. She also scored the match winner against CSUN on Sept. 18 to help MU to the Marquette Invitational title.
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 71-of-73 matches in her career and has recorded seven 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 first two weeks of the season.
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 162-62-31 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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