Marquette Continues BIG EAST Play at Villanova Sunday
Sept. 27, 2013
VILLANOVA, Pa.-The Marquette women's soccer team (8-3-0) opened BIG EAST play with a 2-1 victory over new league member, Creighton, on Thursday evening and will conclude a five-day road trip at Villanova on Sunday, Sept. 29. Kick-off is set for noon CT.
MU enters play on Sunday with a three-game winning streak and have recorded 10 goals in the stretch. Omaha native, freshman Liz Bartels, scored the game-winning goal in the second half, while senior Cara Jacobson also netted a goal in the contest. Senior Vanessa Legault-Cordisco and junior Mary Luba each handed out an assist. Seniors Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan lead the squad with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
Villanova is 4-4-2 entering Sunday's game and own a 1-0-0 record in the BIG EAST after opening league play with a 2-0 victory over No. 25 Butler. Katie Martin leads the Wildcats with 16 points, while Reanna Marino has notched seven this season.
The game can be viewed for a fee at villanova.com. A link to GameTracker is also available. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter-@MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Sunday will be just the fifth all-time meeting between MU and Villanova and the Golden Eagles own a 4-0 record in the series. The last meeting came in a 3-0 victory at Villanova on Oct. 1, 2010.
Big East Opener: Marquette began its ninth season of BIG EAST play on Thursday at Creighton. The Golden Eagles continued its success in conference lidlifters and now own an 8-1 record with the lone loss Sept. 8, 2006 in a 1-0 decision at USF.
Conference Tops: The Golden Eagles are defending four-time BIG EAST American division champions and the reigning BIG EAST Tournament Champions and are off to a good start in 2013. The new look conference will not have divisions and each team will play each other one time this season. MU owns an impressive 38-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. Last year, Marquette compiled a 9-0-1 record with just a double overtime draw at former member Connecticut. The Golden Eagles have also won conference championships as a member of C-USA in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000.
Kelly Breaks Record: In the 49th minute of the game at Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23, senior Maegan Kelly became Marquette's all-time assists leader with her 34th career assist Regina Sekyra has been the record holder since 1997- head coach Markus Roeders' second at the helm of the program. Kelly has five assists this season, which is tied for fifth in league play. She was named the conference Offensive Player of Week after a two-goal performance, including the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over Louisville last week.
Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and owns a 7-1 record this season when two or more goals scored. The lone loss was a 3-2 defeat at Illinois State. Four different players have scored four goals this season. Maegan Kelly leads the squad with 13 points, while Taylor Madigan has tallied 11 points.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season. The Golden Eagles have recorded three shutouts this year, including a 5-0 rout at Milwaukee on Monday, Sept. 23. MU outshot Creighton, 26-4, including 11 shots on goal, as the defense allowed just one shot on goal.
Bartels Coming on Strong: Freshman Liz Bartels has played in all 11 games this season and has scored two goals in the past two games. She also handed out one assist at Milwaukee and quickly racked up five points this season. Her game-winning goal at Creighton lifted MU over the Bluejays, 2-1.
Helping Each Other: The Golden Eagles have multiple options to look at in goal scorers this season. 12 different players have scored for MU in 10 contests and four different players have scored four goals- Maegan Kelly, Taylor Madigan, Mary Luba and Mady Vicker.
Up Next: MU will return home on Thursday, Oct. 3 and host St. John's at Valley Fields in its annual Pink Game to fight breast cancer. . Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
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