Sept. 27, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team welcomes Seton Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. for its BIG EAST home opener and helps kick off MU Homecoming Week on Sunday, Oct. 2 with a 1 p.m. match against St. John’s.
Thursday’s match will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Wisconsin (Channel 32 or 1332 HD) with Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Matt Schroeder on the call from Valley Fields. Sunday’s contest will be streamed live through FOX Sports Go on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Matt Rodewald providing the call.
The first 600 fans in attendance at Thursday’s game will receive a free gold Marquette Soccer shirt, while in addition to the start of MU Homecoming Week, Sunday’s game is part of the ‘Family 4 Pack’ promotion, which offers four tickets, four hot dogs and four bags of chips for $25.
Marquette (4-5-2, 0-1-0 BIG EAST) comes into Thursday’s match off of a 3-2 double-overtime loss at Creighton on Sunday afternoon. The Golden Eagles surrendered a 2-0 lead in that contest after going ahead early in the first half on the strength of tallies from Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden. CU’s Lauren Sullivan scored her second goal of the day in the 108th minute to give the Bluejays their first victory over MU in their previous five matchups.
The Golden Eagles enter the meetings with the Pirates and Red Storm a combined 14-2-2 all-time against the two programs after dropping their first two matches ever to the schools last season. Marquette suffered a 1-0 defeat at Seton Hall on Oct. 1, 2015 on an own goal in the 81st minute despite outshooting the Pirates, 16-5. St. John’s then picked up its first win over MU three days later as Rachel Daly became SJU’s all-time goal leader with two tallies on the afternoon.
Following this weekend’s action, Marquette resumes play on Thursday, Oct. 6 against Xavier at NKU Soccer Stadium in Highland Heights, Kentucky as Xavier’s facilities recover from recent severe weather. The Golden Eagles will then head to Providence to face the Friars on Sunday afternoon.
MARQUETTE’S LAST TIME OUT:
• The Golden Eagles fell 3-2 at Creighton in double overtime on Sunday afternoon after losing a two-goal first half lead for the third match in a row. Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden each scored goals a little over two minutes apart as MU went up 2-0 at the 24:55 mark. The Bluejays responded to pull within one to end the half and scored the only goals of the second half and overtime for the victory.
SCOUTING THE PIRATES:
• The Pirates (4-4-1, 0-1-0 BIG EAST) recorded a 1-0 home loss to St. John’s last weekend to open BIG EAST play. Sophomore keeper Anna Maclean posted eight saves in the contest, including six in the second half, but could not keep the Red Storm off the board as Anna Baldursdottir netted the match-winning penalty kick in the 69th minute. Maclean leads the BIG EAST in saves per game (5.67), is tied for second in total saves (51) and has a .847 save percentage. On the offensive end, Frankie Maier leads Seton Hall with seven points on two goals and three assists.
SCOUTING THE RED STORM:
• St. John’s (6-1-3, 1-0-0 BIG EAST) has allowed just four goals through its first 10 matches and has recorded a league-best seven shutouts. The Red Storm’s Diana Poulin was the unanimous BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and boasts a .900 save percentage and 0.28 goal against average, both best in the conference. Offensively, the team has recorded 160 shots to lead the conference, headed by forward Shea Connors’ 25. Connors is one of four players with two goals on the season, joining Baldursdottir, Samie Scaffidi and Christina Bellero. The Red Storm hosts Butler on Thursday evening before making the trek to Milwaukee.
FIRST NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU’S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
• The NCAA’s second RPI rankings of 2016 were released on Sept. 27 and showed the Golden Eagles second among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 39. Georgetown paced its league counterparts in second place nationally, while Providence (No. 49), Creighton (No. 80) and St. John’s (No. 97) 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. 15 Nebraska, No. 28 Michigan, No. 29 Santa Clara, No. 32 Northwestern and No. 35 Kansas.
BARRINGTON HIGH’S PFEIFFER AND MADDEN BREAKING THROUGH
• Forwards and Barrington High School products Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden lead the Golden Eagles in points this season and have seen a recent uptick in their production over the last couple of weeks. Pfeiffer scored the match-tying goal in the 89th minute against Milwaukee on Sept. 9 and has recorded three goals and a pair of assists in her last five contests, dating back to that match against the Panthers. She now has a career-best four goals in 2016 after tallying three in each of the last two campaigns, while Madden has tallied points in each of the last three games and scored her first career goal, the match winner, against Cal Poly on Sept. 16. The pair was named to the All-Marquette Invitational team for their play in wins against Cal Poly and CSUN.
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 72-of-74 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).
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.