Women's soccer hosts Providence on Sunday
Oct. 6, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s soccer team hosts Providence on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m. as part of MU Homecoming and Reunion weekend at Valley Fields in search of a third-straight BIG EAST Conference victory.
The match will be broadcast live on GoMarquette.com by the Marquette Wire, MU’s student-run media organization. Sports editor Andrew Goldstein will handle play-by-play duties and be joined in the booth by color analyst Zoe Comerford and on the sidelines by women’s soccer beat writer John Steppe.
The Golden Eagles will honor their alumnae in attendance at halftime and the first 200 fans will receive a commemorative t-shirt celebrating 25 years of Marquette women’s soccer.
Marquette (9-4-1, 2-2 BIG EAST) is coming off a 2-0 victory at DePaul on Thursday afternoon in which redshirt junior Carrie Madden scored both goals in the second half and goalkeeper made five saves in net for her sixth clean sheet of the year. MU dropped its first two BIG EAST matches to Butler and Villanova before consecutive wins at St. John’s and DePaul to even its record at 2-2 in league action.
Freshman Kylie Sprecher tallied assists on both Madden goals at DePaul and now leads MU with five assists on the year. Madden, Sprecher, graduate student Darian Powell, and senior Eli Beard all have between 12 and eight points on the year to lead the Golden Eagle attack, which scored multiple goals at DePaul for the first time since a 2-1 win at Rhode Island on Sept. 10.
The Friars (7-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) rebounded from a 1-0 halftime deficit for a 2-1 home victory over St. John’s on Thursday evening with second half goals from Madison Doherty and Alessandra Arace. Goalkeeper Shelby Hogan made four saves over the final 45 minutes to hold the Red Storm at bay as PC made its comeback.
Six of Providence’s seven victories came in a seven-match span from the end of August through the start of BIG EAST play and PC has lost twice in double overtime, once at Minnesota on Sept. 3 and against Butler on Oct. 1.
A total of 13 Friars have notched goals this season and no player has more than a pair on the year, led by two apiece from Katie Day, Hannah McNulty, Casey Estey and Juliana Pellegrini.
Marquette enters the match 11-0-2 all-time against the Friars, whom it has outscored 32-2 in the previous 12 matchups, which includes 11 shutouts. MU has not allowed a goal to PC since the 39th minute of a 2-1 Marquette double overtime victory in Providence on Oct. 10, 2010, a goal-less streak that now sits at 693:42.
Following Sunday’s tilt, the Golden Eagles have their final mid-week bye in conference action before hosting Xavier at Valley Fields on Saturday, Oct. 14 for Senior Night. Darian Powell, Eli Beard, Caroline Fink, Madison Dunker and Kirsten Timmer will all be honored on the field in a special ceremony.
MADDEN PROVIDES SPARK TO MU OFFENSE
• Redshirt junior forward Carrie Madden’s return to the starting eleven from an early season quad injury has helped Marquette to a pair of victories following a four-match winless streak in late September. Madden’s ability to generate scoring chances provides a different dynamic to the Golden Eagles’ attack and was on display in MU’s 2-0 victory over DePaul on Oct. 5. The redshirt junior tallied both goals in that match, her first markers since Aug. 25 against Drake.
• Through her first two years at Marquette, Madden played in a total of one match and did not record a point. That lack of playing experience didn’t hinder her ability to contribute offensively in 2016 as Madden proved to be Marquette’s most potent finisher. She led MU with six goals and 17 points in 2016, including four match winners. Madden scored against Butler on Oct. 23 in the 93rd minute to keep Marquette in the hunt for the BIG EAST regular season title and scored on a phenomenal finish behind her against St. John’s in OT of the league tournament semifinals. Madden was named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST Championship Team and was the only MU player named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
MU CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SOCCER
• Throughout the season, Marquette will celebrate its 25th anniversary by highlighting the players and accomplishments of the University’s most successful women’s program. MU has appeared in the NCAA tournament in over half of its years of competition (13 of 24) and has earned 10 conference regular season titles and four league tournament crowns. Entering the program’s 25th campaign, Marquette has posted an overall record of 332-150-55, including a mark of 311-123-47 in Markus Roeders’ 22 years at the helm.
SPRECHER EMERGING AT FORWARD
• Kylie Sprecher slid into the starting lineup on Aug. 27 at Louisville and has continued to produce, posting points in four straight matches and earning a pair of BIG EAST Freshman of the Week accolades in the process. Sprecher, a freshman from Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, earned offensive MVP honors at the Marquette Invitational for her play against CMU and Mercer and was honored by the BIG EAST on Sept. 4 as the league’s freshman of the week. She then posted the match winner at Boston University on Sept. 8 and assisted Darian Powell’s winner on Sept. 10 at Rhode Island. Sprecher also notched a career-high two assists on both of Carrie Madden’s goals in MU’s 2-0 win at DePaul on Oct. 5.
POWELL RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON
• Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in both 2014 and 2015 with seven goals after sitting out both 2012 and 2013 with injuries and leads MU in scoring once again as a sixth-year graduate student. Powell posted points in six of the squad’s first eight matches and leads the team with 12 points on four goals and a career-best four assists.
• Powell’s goal at St. John’s on Oct. 1 pushed her into a tie for eighth in program history with 22 goals and was her ninth match winner, tying her for seventh all-time at MU with Meghan Connelly.
MU CAPTURED SIXTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE IN 2016
• Eli Beard scored her first goal of 2016 just 57 seconds into overtime against DePaul on Oct. 28 to lift Marquette to the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and a share of their sixth regular season title with a 3-2 win over the Blue Demons. Senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt scored a pair of goals to help MU rebound from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for the win. The regular season title was MU’s 10th all-time, counting MU’s decade-long stay in Conference USA.
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 180-68-32 since that time and a mark of 94-24-10 in league action, which includes six 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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