Marquette Set for Battle at Georgetown Sunday
Oct. 9, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (7-5-2, 3-0-1) travel to Georgetown (8-2-3, 3-0-1) Sunday, Oct. 12 looking to do their part in breaking apart a four-way tie atop the BIG EAST Conference standings. Game time is slated for Noon Central time against the Hoyas and the match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via Fox Sports GO with Tom Kolker calling the play-by-play and Tom Greaser serving as the color analyst.
Marquette features an unbeaten streak that has now stretched to six games, with its most recent triumph coming at home against Xavier. In its fifth-straight victory at Valley Fields, Darian Powell's third goal of the season in the 37th minute was all the Golden Eagles would need against the Musketeers. Powell put the Golden Eagles on the board after senior Haley Fritzlen launched a long distance pass into the box where senior Mary Luba corralled the ball and attempted a bicycle type kick. Luba's attempt turned out to be a leading pass right to Powell who struck the ball square to beat XU's Katie Markesbery. Despite just one tally on the scoreboard, MU held a strong advantage in shots against Xavier and was able to effectively limit its counterpart's scoring chances. Junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel notched three saves en route to her league-best fifth shutout.
Georgetown touts an impressive recent run of success of its own, featuring a seven-match unbeaten streak, which includes three-straight victories. The Hoyas blanked the Providence Friars 1-0 their last time out after senior Audra Ayotte notched the game-winning goal in the 88th minute. GU is yet to drop a match at home this season (5-0), and its tilt against the Golden Eagles concludes a three-game homestand.
Sunday's matchup features the BIG EAST preseason No.1 and No.2 selections in Marquette and Georgetown. The Golden Eagles and Hoyas are part of a four-team logjam atop the BIG EAST Conference standings along with DePaul and St. John's. All four squads are active this weekend, with three of the four squads playing on Sunday.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette and Georgetown have met four times over the years, with the Golden Eagles holding a 3-1 edge in those contests. Marquette has claimed the past three matches between the programs including last season's 4-0 victory in Milwaukee.
CONFERENCE SUCCESS: MU has dropped just one BIG EAST matchup over the past three plus seasons, posting a near unblemished mark of 23-1-2. The Golden Eagles enter the 2014 conference campaign riding a 32-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, Amanda Engel and Mary Luba, were both named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll this week. Luba played a key role in both Marquette's matchups against St. John's and Xavier. The Shorewood, Wis. native, knocked in MU's lone goal in its 1-1 tie at St. John's this past Thursday and also notched an assist in the Golden Eagles' 1-0 victory over Xavier on Sunday. Engel anchored a stingy Marquette defensive unit which allowed just one goal in 200 minutes of action for the week. The Centennial, Colo. native, had a .857 save percentage and collected six saves in the two matches. Engel notched her conference-best fifth shutout of the season against Xavier.
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. Liz Bartels and Darian Powell are just behind with three scores. Eli Beard has 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.
COMING UP BIG IN THE BIG EAST: The Golden Eagles are off to a 3-0-1 start in BIG EAST action in large part due to their offense, which is right up near the top in several conference only statistics. Since the beginning of the BIG EAST season, Marquette leads the league in shots, goal, points and assists.
LUBA IS LOCKED IN: Senior midfielder Mary Luba has really hit her stride since BIG EAST Conference play began, tallying nine points in the first four matches of conference action. Luba's nine points place her in a tie with Georgetown's Daphne Corboz for the conference lead.
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