WSOC travels to Xavier and Providence
Oct. 4, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's soccer team returns to the road this weekend for matches against Xavier and Providence, beginning with a match against the Musketeers on Thursday evening in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles (6-5-2, 2-1-0 BIG EAST Conference) will face Xavier at NKU Soccer Stadium across the Ohio River from its Cincinnati campus after flooding earlier this fall damaged the turf at their home facility. The match, which is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Central time, will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go featuring play-by-play announcer Mike Schmaltz.
Sunday's contest at Xavier will take place at noon CT at the newly-opened Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, where Chris Fama will handle the call.
Marquette, which enters play 4-1 in its last five matches on the strength of an increased offensive output, is coming off conference victories over Seton Hall and St. John's last weekend. Senior all-America candidate Morgan Proffitt earned BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting the match winner in a shutout against the Red Storm and limiting the Pirates to one goal.
Redshirt sophomore forward Carrie Madden posted three points last week, along with Proffitt, to earn mention on the league's weekly honor roll, while goalkeeper Maddy Henry also earned weekly accolades with six saves and her first career clean sheet against St. John's.
The Golden Eagles have never lost to either of this week's opponents, holding a pristine 4-0-0 record against the Musketeers and a mark of 10-0-2 against the Friars. MU topped both programs 1-0 at Valley Fields during the 2015 regular season with Cali Pyzdrowski's golden goal, the first of her career, ending the match against Xavier in the 92nd minute, and Liz Bartels' 55th minute tally standing as the lone goal against PC.
Following Sunday's game, Marquette returns to Valley Fields for a Sunday, Oct. 16 contest against Georgetown in MU's `Kick for a Cure' match in support of the fight against breast cancer.
• MU has jumped out to 2-0 leads in each of its last five matches (Sept. 16-Oct. 2)
• Redshirt sophomore Carrie Madden scored her first career goal against Cal Poly on Sept. 16 and has posted a point in the last five games (three goals and three assists with two match winners in that stretch)
• Molly Pfeiffer has career bests in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12) and is leading MU in scoring for the first time in her career
• Freshman Maddy Henry has started every game in net for MU and had her first career shutout against St. John's on Oct. 2
• MU's Markus Roeders is in possession of 296 career head coaching victories, pushing him past Al McGuire's 295 men's basketball wins among Marquette head coaches. He still sits behind former women's coaches Tat Shiely (basketball/volleyball), Jody Bronson (tennis) and Terri Mitchell (basketball) in terms of total wins at Marquette.
• Marquette's non-conference schedule included six RPI top-37 teams. MU sits 41st in RPI as of Oct. 3.
• Golden Eagles are looking to make a return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013, which is also the year of their last BIG EAST title.
SCOUTING THE MUSKETEERS:
• Xavier (6-6-1, 0-3-0 BIG EAST) has lost its last four matches since a 2-1 win over Ohio on Sept. 16 after starting the year 6-2-1. The Musketeers are led by Samantha Dewey's six goals and 16 points in 2016, while Rachel Piccus has started every game in net where she has split time with Toni Bizzarro. With its playing facility out of commission, Xavier has played just one true home match this season, a 2-0 win over Evansville in the regular season opener on Aug. 19. Thursday's match will be the third of the year for the Musketeers at Northern Kentucky, where they previously have defeated NKU on Sept. 6 and fell to No. 6 Georgetown, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon. XU has also played once at the University of Cincinnati against Duquesne.
SCOUTING THE FRIARS:
• The Friars (8-3-2, 2-0-1 BIG EAST) are undefeated in their last five contests dating back to Sept. 15 and earned an impressive draw against league RPI leader Georgetown to begin BIG EAST play. Rachel Ugolik is one of two players with a team-best 13 points and scored her fifth goal of the year as PC took down Butler 1-0 in its last match on Sunday afternoon. Kathryn Hiller, who also has 13 points, scored PC's first goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over Xavier, in which the Friars outshot the Musketeers 17-6. Junior midfielder Christiana Klaum was the lone preseason all-conference selection for PC, which was pegged to finish the year sixth in the league. Providence travels to face Villanova on Thursday before hosting Marquette.
NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU'S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
• The NCAA's third RPI rankings of 2016 were released on Oct. 3 and showed the Golden Eagles third among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 41. Georgetown paces its league counterparts in third place nationally, while Providence (No. 40) and DePaul (No. 93) also join MU in the top 100. Additionally, all 10 BIG EAST programs rank in the top 167 and nine of the 10 are in the top 137. 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. 20 Nebraska, No. 23 Michigan, No. 25 Kansas, No. 34 Northwestern and No. 37 Santa Clara.
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 the match winner against Michigan on Aug. 28. 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 five 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 74-of-76 matches in her career and has recorded eight goals, including four game winners.
• The senior has recorded goals this season to help the Golden Eagles defeat Michigan and St. John's and record a draw at No. 22 Santa Clara. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll each of the first two weeks of the season and was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after scoring and helping MU shutout St. John's on Oct. 2.
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.
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.
HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Freshman Maddy Henry is set to join an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.
• Henry made one save in her collegiate debut at Nebraska on Aug. 19 in her home state and recorded four saves at Kansas on Aug. 21 in her second game. She picked up her first win while making three saves at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and made five in her first home victory over Michigan. The freshman has also posted her highest save totals against the best competition MU has faced this year, putting up seven saves at No. 2 Stanford and eight saves at No. 24 Northwestern. Her first shutout came on Oct. 2 as she made six saves against St. John's at Valley Fields.
GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS SINCE 2005
• Since entering the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference's elite women's soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 165-63-31 since that time and a mark of 87-21-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament just three times since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
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