Marquette Opens BIG EAST Play Against Creighton Thursday
Sept. 24, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (4-5-1), fresh off their first back-to-back victories of the season, are set to host Creighton (8-1-0) in their 2014 BIG EAST Conference season opener Thursday night at Valley Fields. The match is slated for 7 p.m. Central time.
The Golden Eagles dispatched the LSU Tigers 2-1, this past Sunday in their most recent action, led by goals from senior Shalese Miller and freshman Eli Beard. MU's victory on Sunday followed its 1-0 upset win over No.16 Kansas. The Blue and Gold took care of a Kansas squad that was previously unbeaten and had not trailed at any point during the season.
Creighton notched a 2-1 overtime victory over Omaha in its last time out. Despite facing a 1-0 deficit in the latter moments of regulation, the Bluejays were able to tie things up in the 88th minute when sophomore Lauren Sullivan knocked in the game-tying tally with a header. Sophomore Emily Roll recorded the game winner in the 102nd minute to propel the Bluejays to victory.
Thursday's tilt between the Golden Eagles and Bluejays features a pair of high-powered offenses. Both teams rank in the top five in the BIG EAST Conference in shots, points, goals, goals per game and assists. CU leads the league in several offensive categories including goals with 27.
Both teams, while talented offensively, also feature strong goalkeepers. Marquette's Amanda Engel and Creighton's Danielle Rice are tied for the Conference lead in shutouts with three each.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette holds a 2-2-1 all-time mark against Creighton in a series that dates back to 1993. The Golden Eagles have recorded two-consecutive victories over the Bluejays, including last season's 2-1 victory in Omaha.
PROMOS: The first 300 students in attendance will receive a special Marquette Soccer Banner. Thursday's match also marks the return of $1 Days, in which hot dogs, chips and soda are all just one dollar. Free admission will be provided for all current MU faculty and staff members as part of Faculty/Staff Night.
CONFERENCE SUCCESS: MU has dropped just one BIG EAST matchup over the past three seasons, posting a near unblemished mark of 20-1-1. The Golden Eagles enter the 2014 conference campaign riding a 28-game unbeaten streak in BIG EAST play. The Blue and Gold did not suffer any conference losses in 2013, finishing with a perfect 9-0 mark in BIG EAST action. In its tenth season of BIG EAST play, Marquette has an excellent mark of 8-1 in league lidlifters.
JERMIER COLLECTS CONFERENCE HONOR: Junior midfielder Jacie Jermier was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Jermier helped anchor the Marquette defensive unit which allowed just one goal in two matches this past week. The McFarland, Wis. native, played a pivotal role in Marquette's victories over No.16 and previously unbeaten Kansas and LSU. Jermier and the Golden Eagles held the Jayhawks to just three shots on goal in their victory. Along with her stingy defense, Jermier provided the game-winning score on a free kick against Kansas.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: Ten different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with three goals. Darian Powell and Eli Beard have each netted two, while Mary Luba, Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, Liz Bartels and Shalese Miller all have notched one goal so far this season.
HOT SHOOTING: The Golden Eagles currently rank third in the BIG EAST Conference in terms of total shots with 131 attempts in their ten contests. MU has not dropped a match that it has won or tied the total shot tally in.
WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and
owns a 50-7-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage.
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