No. 7/13 Marquette Heads to the Empire State
Oct. 13, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The No. 7/13 Marquette University women's soccer team takes to the road this weekend for its final trip of the regular season. The Golden Eagles will head to the Empire State to face St. John's on Friday, Oct. 14 at Belson Stadium at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT before meeting Syracuse on Sunday, Oct. 16 at SU Field at 1 p.m. ET/noon CT. A live audio stream will be available for MU's match with the Red Storm courtesy of www.RedStormSports.com.
Sophomore Maegan Kellybecame Marquette's first 30-plus point scorer since 2002 on Sunday, following a three-point performance with a goal and assist in a 3-0 win over Connecticut. Her 32 points (12g, 8a) stands tied for fourth on MU's single season points list.
With 21 league points, the Golden Eagles have earned a berth in the 2011 BIG EAST Championship, and a win on Friday will secure a first round bye.
The Golden Eagles sit in a tie for first place in the division with West Virginia. Both teams own 7-1-0 league records.
With two wins this weekend, the Golden Eagles will host a quarterfinal match at Valley Fields on Sunday, Oct. 30. The semifinals and championship matches will be played at Dick Dlesk Stadium on the campus of West Virginia University Nov. 4-6. The Golden Eagles are 6-6 all-time in the BIG EAST Championship, including a 5-1 mark in quarterfinal action.
St. John's (8-6-1, 4-3-0 BIG EAST), which currently stands in fourth place in the American Division with 12 points, was outscored 9-1 in its last two games, including a 6-1 defeat at Pittsburgh on Oct. 9. Jen Leaverton has a team-best 16 points (7 G, 2 A) and five game-winning goals. Goalkeeper Kristin Russell has tallied five shutouts and an 1.03 goals against average through 11 games. The Red Storm is 5-1-1 at Belson Stadium this season.
Marquette has not lost to the Red Storm since the series commenced in 2005. The Golden Eagles earned a 2-0 win over St. John's on Oct. 22, 2010, to claim its second consecutive BIG EAST American Division title.
Syracuse (6-5-3, 5-3-0 BIG EAST) had a four-game conference win streak snapped on Oct. 9 when it fell to West Virginia 5-1 in Morgantown, W.Va., and currently stands in third place in the American Division with 15 points. Goalkeeper Brittany Anghel has collected shutouts in all six of the Orange's victories and has a save percentage of .768. Tina Romagnuolo leads SU with four goals on the season, while four other Syracuse players have netted two goals apiece.
Syracuse will host USF on Oct. 14 before welcoming the Golden Eagles to SU Field. The Golden Eagles are 5-0-1 all-time against the Orange and have won each of the last meetings.
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