No. 22/15 Hosts Syracuse Sunday At Noon
Oct. 13, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The No. 22/15 Marquette women's soccer team is back at Valley Fields on Sunday to host Syracuse at Noon CT.
Marquette has clinched a first round by into the BIG EAST Tournament and added three additional points after earning a 3-0 victory over St. John's Friday evening.
Syracuse (8-5-2, 5-2-1) fell at USF on Friday, which snapped a four-game winning streak for the Orange, when USF scored in the fourth minute of the game.
The Golden Eagles have never lost to Syracuse and own a 6-0-1 record in the all-time series, which dates back to 2005. Four of those games went into overtime and two went into double overtime. In 2007, the squads played to a 0-0 double overtime draw.
Join us at the Valley for Futbol Sunday. All Marquette students in attendance will be entered to win an Aaron Rodgers jersey. (Raffle will be held at half-time)
Sunday's game is being broadcast by Time Warner on Sports 32 and will air tape delayed.
Last Time Out: MU blanked St. John's 3-0 on Friday evening. The Golden Eagles went into halftime tied 0-0 before exploding in the second half with goals from Rachael Sloan, Taylor Madigan and Mady Vicker. It was the 11th shutout of the season for MU.
Winning Ways: With the Golden Eagles' 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.
Kelly Earns Conference Honors: For the second week in-a-row, junior defender Maegan Kelly has earned weekly honors from the BIG EAST Conference. This week Kelly is Offensive Player of the Week. Last week she earned five points with one goal and three assists in the two road games.
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. Miller is an advertising and marketing major with a 3.862 grade point average.
No Scoring Allowed: Marquette has recorded 11 shutouts this season,which is tied with Georgetown to lead the league. The shutout percentage of .714 ranks third in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles have allowed just two goals against BIG EAST opponents and MU is 10-0-1 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 (0.73) scored per game this season, which is tied with USF for second amongst BIG EAST squads. Opponents are taking just 7.3 shots per game and have scored just 11 goals against the Golden Eagles this season. Goalkeepers Sofie Schunk and Amanda Engel rank third and sixth, 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 298 shots and is averaging 19.9 shots per game. The Golden Eagles are 10-0-2 this season when out-shooting their opponents. Marquette is converting those shots into 2.73 goals per contest, which ranks second in the BIG EAST and 10th in the NCAA.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists. As a squad, MU is averaging 2.67 per contest, which leads the conference. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly also leads the league and has jumped to 4th in the NCAA with nine total Classmate Kate Reigle has handed out five assists and is tied for 10th in the conference.
Up Next: Marquette will host USF on Saturday, Oct. 20 for Senior Night at 7 p.m. CT. This will be the final regular season game for the Golden Eagles.