Marquette Travels to St. John's Thursday
Sept. 30, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (6-5-1, 2-0), winners of four-consecutive contests, look to extend their current streak when they head to St. John's (6-5-0, 2-0) for their first BIG EAST Conference road matchup. Game time is slated for 6 p.m. Central time in Jamaica, New York. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3 with live stats provided via GameTracker at RedStormSports.com.
Marquette completed a perfect 4-0 homestand with its 1-0 victory over the Villanova Wildcats this past Sunday at Valley Fields. Despite just a 1-0 advantage in the final box score, MU dominated possession against Villanova, touting a 18 to five shot advantage. Sophomore Liz Bartels notched her third goal of the season in the 19th minute, which was the game-winning tally. Freshman Eli Beard played the ball to Bartels on the left side of the pitch. Bartels then collected the pass, made a move past a Villanova defender, and sent the ball at an angle past Villanova's Emma Meyer. The helper from Beard was the freshman's first of the season.
St. John's, also off to a 2-0 mark in BIG EAST action, dispatched Creighton 1-0 in its most recent action. The Red Storm notched their lone goal of the match in the 36th minute when senior Marisa Ammaturo recorded her first goal of the season off of a helper from Deanna Murino. St. John's collected 16 shot attempts, including nine on goal. St. John's has rattled off three-straight-shutout victories, and has not allowed an opponent to find the back of the net in the last 293 minutes of action. Marquette and St. John's both sit atop the BIG EAST Conference standings at a perfect 2-0 clip.
Thursday's matchup features the current BIG EAST Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week in MU's Liz Bartels and SJU's Diana Poulin.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette and St. John's have met ten times since Marquette joined the BIG EAST Conference, and the Golden Eagles have yet to drop a decision to the Red Storm, holding a perfect 10-0 mark. MU posted a pair of victories over SJU last season, winning 1-0 and 3-1 in the BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.
CONFERENCE SUCCESS: MU has dropped just one BIG EAST matchup over the past three plus seasons, posting a near unblemished mark of 22-1-1. The Golden Eagles enter the 2014 conference campaign riding a 30-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.
PAIR OF MU PLAYERS HONORED BY BIG EAST: Marquette University women's soccer players, Liz Bartels and Jacie Jermier, both earned BIG EAST conference honors this week. Bartels claimed the BIG EAST Offensive Player of Week designation, while Jermier was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor. Bartels and Jermier helped the Golden Eagles complete a 2-0 week, and an undefeated start to BIG EAST play. Bartels, tallied a goal and two assists in MU's 7-2 victory in its conference lidlifter against Creighton, as well as the game-winning goal in Marquette's 1-0 victory over Villanova. She was also named College Sports Madness' BIG EAST Player of the Week. Jermier, and the Marquette defensive unit allowed just two goals in the team's two matches. The junior midfielder also recorded her team-leading fourth goal of the season in MU's conference opener
SPREADING THE WEALTH: 13 different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Jacie Jermier pacing the squad with four goals and Liz Bartels just behind with three scores. Mary Luba, Eli Beard, and Darian Powell have all netted two, while Meegan Johnston, Haley Fritzlen, Mady Vicker, Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, and Shalese Miller all have notched one goal so far this season.
OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Marquette's seven goals this past Thursday against Creighton were its most since it recorded nine goals against North Dakota in 2011.
HOT SHOOTING: The Golden Eagles currently rank third in the BIG EAST Conference in terms of total shots with 168 attempts in their 12 contests, averaging 14.00 per game. MU holds a 6-2-1 record when the final shot count is in its favor or is tied.
MU REACHES 300 WIN PLATEAU: With MU's victory over Villanova, the program has now reached 300 wins. Head coach Markus Roeders has accounted for 278 of the wins.
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