No. 20 Marquette Faces Connecticut on Sunday
Oct. 6, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 20 Marquette women's soccer team (10-2-1, 5-0-0) heads out on its final road trip of the regular season this weekend.
Connecticut fell 1-0 to USF on Friday night after USF scored with just five minutes ramining in regulation. The Huskies are now 7-6-1 overall and 3-4-0 in conference play.
MU owns a 5-2 all-time record over Connecticut dating back to 2005 and has won the previous four contests. The Golden Eagles have not lost to the Huskies since 2007.
Last Time Out: MU extended its winning streak to seven games on Friday and recorded its 10th shutout of the season with a 5-0 rout of Providence. Ally Miller, Maegan Kelly, and Vanessa Legault-Cordisco scored in the game's first 11 minutes. Lisa Philbin and Mady Vicker added goals to extend the Golden Eagles' lead.
Winning Ways: With Friday's victory at Providence, Marquette has now recorded 17 consecutive season with 10 or more victories. Head coach Markus Roeders and Associate head coach Frank Pelaez have never had a losing season while at the helm of Golden Eagles.
Jacobson and Kelly Honored: Junior defender Emily Jacobson was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week and classmate Maegan Kelly was named to the BIG EAST honor roll and topdrawersoccer.com's Midfielder of the Week. Jacobson led the defense to two shutout victory's last weekend and Kelly scored a hat-trick in a 5-0 rout over Cincinnati. Jacobson also recorded three points against Louisville with her first goal of the season and an assist.
Stay CLASS-y: Senior Ally Miller has been named a 2012 Senior CLASS Award candidate. The midfielder is currently one of 30 candidates among Division I NCAA women's soccer player. The Senior CLASS Award is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I student-athlete of the year across 10 different sports. Miller has started all but three games in her career and has helped Marquette to three-straight BIG EAST American Division Championships. In 2011 Miller was an All-BIG EAST third team selection and an NSCAA All-Northeast Region third team honoree. Miller is an advertising and marketing major with a 3.862 grade point average.
No Scoring Allowed: Marquette has recorded ten shutouts this season, including six in-a-row, which is tied with Georgetown to lead the league. The shutout percentage of .750 ranks second in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles have allowed just one goal against BIG EAST opponents, Sept. 13 at Pittsburgh. MU is 9-0-1 when producing a shutout as the lone tie came in a 0-0, double overtime draw against Central Michigan.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing less than one goal (0.77) scored per game this season, which is tied with Notre Dame for second amongst BIG EAST squads. Opponents are taking just 7.0 shots per game and have scored just 10 goals against the Golden Eagles this season. Goalkeepers Sofie Schunk and Amanda Engel rank third and fifth, respectively in the league in goals against average.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 248 shots and is averaging 19.1 shots per game. Junior Maegan Kelly has taken a team-high 39 shots, while classmate Taylor Madigan has taken 31. As a team, MU ranks second in the conference in shots, while Kelly ranks eighth with 3.0 per contest. The Golden Eagles are 9-0-1 this season when out-shooting their opponents.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists. As a squad, MU is averaging 2.69 per contest, which leads the conference. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly now leads the conference and is 26th in the NCAA with eight total assists and moved into the leaderboard with 0.62 assists per game. Classmate Kate Reigle has handed out five assists this season for seventh in the conference and is eighth in the BIG EAST with 0.42 assists per outing.
Up Next: Marquette returns home for the final three games of the regular season. The Golden Eagles will host St. John's on Friday, Oct. 12 and Kick-4-A-Cure before hosting Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 14.