Oct. 1, 2016
|2016 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 13
|Marquette (5-5-2) vs. St. John's (6-1-4)
||Sunday, Oct. 2 | 1 p.m.
||Valley Fields | Milwaukee
||Gametracker | BEDN
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team helps kick off MU Homecoming Week on Sunday, Oct. 2 with a 1 p.m. match against St. John's at 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. Live statistics are also available through GoMarquette.com.
Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for a buy-one-get-one ticket offer in support of Marquette's "Stuff the Truck" food drive and the Hunger Task Force. Additionally, the first 250 MU students at Sunday's match will receive a root beer float in a specially produced Marquette Soccer mug.
The Golden Eagles (5-5-2, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) are coming off a 2-1 win over Seton Hall at Valley Fields on Thursday evening in which they went ahead 2-0 for the fourth-straight match and were able to fend off the Pirates in the second half. Carrie Madden and Darian Powell each scored their third goals of the season for MU, which has tallied at least two goals in the last four games after scoring twice in just two of its eight matches to start the year.
Marquette enters the meeting a combined 10-1-1 all-time against the Red Storm after dropping its first ever match to the program last season. St. John's picked up its first win over MU on Oct. 4, 2015 as last year's BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Daly became SJU's all-time goal leader with two tallies in a 3-0 victory.
Following this Sunday'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.
The Last Meeting
October 4, 2015
SCOUTING THE RED STORM:
St. John's (6-1-4, 1-0-1 BIG EAST) has allowed just four goals through its first 11 matches and has recorded a league-best eight shutouts. The Red Storm's Diana Poulin was the unanimous BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year and boasts a .917 save percentage and 0.25 goal against average, both best in the conference. Offensively, the team has recorded 117 shots to lead the conference, headed by forward Shea Connors' 28. Connors is one of four players with two goals on the season, joining Anna Maria Baldursdottir, Samie Scaffidi and Christina Bellero. The Red Storm drew Bulter on Thursday evening at home 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 four 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.
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.