No. 19/13 Marquette Hosts Louisville on Friday
Sept. 27, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The No. 19/13 Marquette women's soccer team (7-2-1, 3-0-0) plays in its BIG EAST home opener against Louisville (7-2-1, 2-1-1) on Friday night at Valley Fields.
The Golden Eagles enter the contest with a perfect 3-0-0 record in conference play after defeating Seton Hall and Rutgers without allowing a goal last weekend. In their previous games the Cardinals played to a 1-1 double overtime draw at home against Syracuse before returning for a 6-0 rout of St. John's. Louisville leads the conference in goals per game with 2.60 and is tied in third with Marquette taking 18.30 shots per contest.
Friday night marks the 22nd all-time meeting between the two squads dating back to 1993. MU owns a 14-6-1 record in the series, including the previous three outings.
The game will be broadcast live on WMUR, Marquette student radio with David Tukesbrey on the call.
There are many promotions at the Valley on Friday. It is `Social Media Night'- Like the "Marquette Athletics" fan page on Facebook to receive a voucher for one complimentary youth (12-and-under) admission to the match. Friday is also Empty the Res Halls - Qdoba Picnic
All residence halls are invited to represent your hall at the Valley. Each residence hall with more than 30 residents at the match will get a photo of their group at the game which will be blown up into a poster to display in the lobby. All MU students are invited to attend a halftime tailgate with a free taco bar presented by Qdoba.
Last Time Out: Marquette improved its record to 3-0-0 in conference play with a 2-0 shutout at Rutgers. It was the Golden Eagles' seventh shutout this season. In net, freshman Amanda Engel recorded her fourth victory. Juniors Taylor Madigan and Maegan Kelly scored goals.
Engel and Miller Recognized: Freshman goalkeeper Amanda Engel earned multiple honors for her performance last week. She was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, gomarquette.com's Student-Athlete of the Week and College Sports Madness' BIG EAST Player of the Week. Miller was named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll.
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: After recording two shutouts last weekend, Marquette now has seven shutouts in the 2012 season, which ranks second in the BIG EAST. Georgetown leads the league with eight shutouts. The Golden Eagles are 6-0-1 when producing a shutout. The lone tie came in a 0-0 double overtime draw against Central Michigan early this season.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing just 1.00 goal per game in 2012, which is tied for fifth amongst fellow conference teams. Opponents have taken just 72 shots this season with only 33 on goal. In ten contests, the Golden Eagles have allowed just 10 goals scored against them, which ranks seventh in the BIG EAST.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 182 shots and is averaging 18.3 shots per game, which is tied with Louisville for third amongst BIG EAST programs. Junior Maegan Kelly has taken a team-high 30 shots, while Taylor Madigan has taken 25. Madigan and junior Kate Reigle lead Marquette with four goals on 25 and 11 shots, respectively.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists. In ten matches this season, MU has totaled 28 assists and averages 2.80 per contest to lead the league. Multiple Golden Eagles rank in the top-10 individually: Junior Maegan Kelly has six total assists and is tied for fourth in the conference with 0.60 per outing. Junior Kate Reigle has handed out four assists this year and is tied for seventh in the conference .
Up Next: MU will host Cincinnati on Sunday at Valley Fields. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. CT.