No. 21 Marquette Travel to Xavier on Sunday
Oct. 4, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The No. RV/21 Marquette women's soccer team (10-3-0, 3-0-0) continues BIG EAST play and heads back on the road to face new-league member, Xavier on Sunday at Noon CT.
The Golden Eagles are on a five-game winning streak after defeating St. John's, 3-1 on Thursday evening. After falling behind to the Red Storm, MU scored three-second half goals, which extended its home unbeaten streak to 17 matches. Senior Maegan Kelly, freshman Liz Bartels and junior Mary Luba each recorded goals in the contests, while Bartels' goal was credited as the game-winner. Kelly leads the Golden Eagles with 16 points (5G, 6A), while Luba has notched 12 points on five goals and two assists.
Xavier enters the game with a 7-4-1 overall record, but is winless in the BIG EAST at 0-3. The Musketeers fell in a 2-1 battle against Villanova on Thursday evening. Tori Doss leads the squad with 10 points on three goals and four assists, while Maggie Hare has tallied seven points on three goals and one assist this season.
The game can be viewed on GameTracker at goxavier.com. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Sunday is just the second meeting between Xavier and Marquette and the first time meeting at the Xavier Soccer Complex. The Golden Eagles won the lone meeting between the two squads in a 2-1 overtime contest in Bloomington, Ind., Sept. 9, 2005.
Conference Leaders: Marquette owns an impressive 40-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles are 3-0 in the BIG EAST and lead the conference with nine points. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at former-member West Virginia. Marquette has scored 31 goals this season, which is tied for second among the conference and is averaging 2.38 goals per game, ranking 31st in the NCAA.
BIG EAST Accolades: Sophomore Amanda Engel was named BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week and freshman Liz Bartels earned BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors following a 3-0 week for the Golden Eagles. Engel recorded two shutouts and allowed just one goal, while stopping a penalty kick at Villanova. Bartels scored her first collegiate goals last week and also recorded an assist at Milwaukee. Her game-winning goal at Creighton lifted MU over the Bluejays, 2-1.
Bartels Breaks Out: In the past two weeks, freshman Liz Bartels has quickly become a contributor for the Golden Eagles. She has netted three goals in the past four games and handed out one assist for seven points this season. Two of Bartels' goals have been game-winners, including a goal scored against St. John's which broke a 1-1 tie between the two squads.
Count on Vicker: Junior Mady Vicker has been a reliable scorer this season and has helped put away games for the Golden Eagles. Vicker is one of three on the squad with five goals this season, and four have been game-winners- second most in the BIG EAST. Vicker scored MU's lone goal in a 1-0 victory at Villanova. She scored two goals for Marquette last week and was named College Sports Madness' BIG EAST Player of the Week for her performance.
Hot Shooting: Marquette is outshooting opponents, 246-115 this season, including a 112-46 shots on goal margin. MU leads the conference with 18.85 per contest, while seniors Maegan Kelly (33 shots) and Taylor Madigan (32 shots) rank fourth and fifth in the league, respectively. The Golden Eagles' defense is allowing just 3.54 shots on goal per game, which ranks second in the BIG EAST in the league. MU has outshot opponents in 10 games this season and holds a 9-1 record when this occurs. Marquette is also tough to beat when scoring two or more goals and owns an 8-1 mark when scoring more than twice in a contest.
D-D-D- Defense: Marquette's tradition of excellent defense continues to hold strong this season. The Golden Eagles have recorded four shutouts this year, including a 1-0 victory at Villanova. In the past four games, MU has allowed just two goals and just nine shots on goal and is 9-1 this season when outshooting opponents.
Dynamic Duo: In their 18th season at the helm of the Golden Eagles, head coach Markus Roeders and associate head coach Frank Pelaez have recorded double-digit victories in every season at Marquette. The 3-1 win over St. John's on Thursday was the 10th win of the season for MU.
Up Next: Marquette returns home to Valley Fields on Sunday, Oct. 13 to host Georgetown. Kick-off is set for 1 p.m. CT. It will also mark the grand opening of the new stadium and press box at the Valley.