Marquette Set to Host Xavier on Sunday
Oct. 3, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (6-5-2, 2-0-1) own a five-match unbeaten streak and look to continue their success when they host the Xavier Musketeers (3-8-2, 0-3-0) Sunday, Oct. 5 for a 1 p.m. Central time tilt at Valley Fields. The game will be streamed live at GoMarquette.com and live stats will be provided via GameTracker. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Marquette drew a 1-1 tie against St. John's in its BIG EAST Conference road opener this past Thursday in Jamaica, New York. Senior midfielder Mary Luba notched MU's lone goal on the evening, giving the Golden Eagles a 1-0 advantage in the 38th minute. Luba's fourth goal of the season broke a 330-minute scoreless streak by the Red Storm. St. John's answered back in the 68th minute when Jesse Schaefer knocked in the equalizer. MU keeper Amanda Engel recorded a clutch save when she denied SJU's Rachel Daly who had a one-on-one opportunity in the latter stages of the match. After 110 minutes of soccer, a victor was not decided, and each team earned a draw to create a four-way tie atop the BIG EAST Conference standings. Marquette, St. John's, DePaul, and Georgetown all have seven points and a 2-0-1 record. The tie ended a four-game winning streak for the Blue and Gold.
In its last time on the pitch, Xavier fell 1-0 to the Villanova Wildcats on the road. After the 89 minutes of scoreless play, Villanova notched the game-winning score when Jessica Moskai deflected the ball past Xavier's keeper, to record her first score of the season. Xavier has not won a match since it defeated Ohio Northern 2-1 on Sept. 7th, and has lost five of its last six matches overall. Xavier is currently tied for 10th in the conference standings.
After an uncharacteristic 1-3 start to the season at home, the Golden Eagles currently feature a four-match winning streak at Valley Fields. Before its matchup against St. John's, MU completed a perfect 4-0 homestand against Kansas, LSU, Creighton and Villanova.
PROMOS: Join the Marquette women's soccer team as they raise money for the ALS foundation and walk the track after the match as part of the ALS Challenge. Sunday also marks the Residence Hall Challenge, the residence hall with most students in attendance will receive free pizza from Pizza Hut at half time. Faculty and staff will receive free admission as part of Faculty and Staff Day.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette holds a 2-0 record all time against the Xavier Musketeers and recorded a 3-0 victory over Xavier last season in Cincinnati.
CONFERENCE SUCCESS: MU has dropped just one BIG EAST matchup over the past three plus seasons, posting a near unblemished mark of 22-1-2. The Golden Eagles enter the 2014 conference campaign riding a 31-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 and Mary Luba pacing the squad with four goals and Liz Bartels just behind with three scores. 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.
WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and
owns a 52-7-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage
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