Marquette hosts Xavier on Saturday for Senior Night
Oct. 12, 2017
MILWAUKEE - Darian Powell, Eli Beard, Madison Dunker, Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer will be honored by the Marquette University women’s soccer team following its ‘Senior Night’ match against Xavier on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Valley Fields.
First touch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and the match will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, though FOX Sports Go. Patrick Reed will call the action from Valley Fields and be joined by sideline reporter Jenny Fischer, a Marquette junior.
The Golden Eagles (9-5-1, 2-3-0 BIG EAST) enter the match looking to regain ground in the fight for a BIG EAST tournament berth following a disappointing 1-0 loss to Providence on Sunday afternoon. The loss to the Friars was the first for MU in the 14-match series and PC’s goal was the first the Golden Eagles had allowed Providence to score in nearly 710 minutes, dating back to Oct. 10, 2010.
Since beginning the year 7-1 and rising to No. 19 in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, Marquette has gone 2-4-1, including a 2-3 mark in league action.
Redshirt junior Carrie Madden posted a pair of goals in MU’s 2-0 victory at DePaul on Thursday, though Powell leads the squad with 12 points on four goals and three assists.
The Musketeers are 7-4-4 on the year and are undefeated in BIG EAST Conference action at 3-0-2 with wins over Creighton, Providence and Villanova and consecutive draws against Butler and DePaul in their last two contests. Freshman Sydney Schembri leads Xavier with five goals on the season, while Emma Westwater has four. Sophomore goalkeeper Toni Bizzarro sits second in the BIG EAST with 78 saves on the year for an average of 5.57 per match.
Marquette has defeated Xavier in each of the previous five meetings in the all-time series, and all but one of those have come since XU joined the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 campaign. Then-sophomore Leah Celarek scored the only goal of her collegiate career in the last matchup between the two squads, a 1-0 Marquette victory on Oct. 6 of last season in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
Following Saturday’s ‘Senior Night,’ the Golden Eagles hit the road to face league-leader, No. 15 Georgetown on Thursday, Oct. 19 in Washington, D.C. The match will air live on the BIG EAST Digital Network from Shaw Field at 2 p.m. Central time.
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 332-151-55, including a mark of 311-124-47 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 produced immediately, 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 180-69-32 since that time and a mark of 94-25-10 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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