WSOC hosts No. 7/2 Georgetown Sunday
Oct. 14, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's soccer team aims for its fifth win a row when it hosts No. 7/2 Georgetown for its annual `Kick for a Cure' match at Valley Fields on Sunday, Oct. 16.
The match, which is slated for a 1:05 p.m. Central time kickoff, will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go with Matt Rodewald on the call.
The Golden Eagles (8-5-2, 4-1-0 BIG EAST) have earned their last three victories via shutouts and have not conceded a goal in the last 309:50 of game play. They welcome the BIG EAST's most potent offense in a Georgetown attack that averages 2.64 goals per game and scored five in its last match Wednesday against Villanova.
Reigning BIG EAST Freshman of the Week Maddy Henry leads Marquette into the matchup, while the Hoyas (11-1-2, 3-0-2 BIG EAST) counter in net with sophomore UCLA-transfer Arielle Schechtman's 0.57 goals-against average. MU holds a slim 3-2-1 advantage in a series that began when it entered the BIG EAST and earned a 2-2 draw in Washington, D.C. last season on late second half goals from Ashley Handwork and Liz Bartels. MU fell behind 2-0 in that match and played the last 33 minutes with 10 players after a Cali Pyzdrowski red card.
Prior to and during the first half of Sunday's contest there will be two authentic pink Marquette women's soccer jerseys and a team signed ball that will be raffled off at the marketing table. To be entered into the raffle, a donation of any nominal amount will be accepted. Individuals who donate over five dollars will be given a pink Marquette soccer umbrella, while supplies last. All of the proceeds from the raffle will help American Cancer Society in their work to find a cure.
College against Cancer will be in attendance during the entirety of the match collecting donations for American Cancer Society. College against Cancer is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff who are dedicated to eliminating cancer.
Following the matchup with the Hoyas, the Golden Eagles hit the road for their final BIG EAST match away from the Valley in a Thursday, Oct. 20 meeting with Villanova.
SCOUTING THE HOYAS:
• Georgetown (11-1-2) is unbeaten in its last 12 matches after dropping an Aug. 21 match to then-No. 1 Stanford. The Hoyas own the BIG EAST's most high-profile decisions this season with three wins over top-12 foes, including a double overtime victory over then-No. 1 West Virginia on Sept. 18 in Morgantown. GU has surrendered a total of nine goals through 14 matches and has allowed just one goal in BIG EAST play, though its sits at 3-0-2 in conference action. Prior to Wednesday's 5-1 victory over Villanova, the Hoyas had recorded six-straight shutouts and have nearly doubled up their opponent's shot totals for the season. Georgetown, which was the BIG EAST's unanimous preseason favorite, is led by 24 points from senior Rachel Corboz, while Grace Damaska paces the league's top offense with 10 goals.
NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU'S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
• The NCAA's fourth RPI rankings of 2016 were released on Oct. 10 and showed the Golden Eagles second among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 34. Georgetown paces its league counterparts in fifth place nationally, while Providence (No. 56), DePaul (No. 86), Creighton (No. 95) and St. John's (No. 100) also join MU in the top 100. Despite a .500 record (4-4-2) through non-conference action, Marquette's RPI ranking is boosted by pre-conference matchups with No. 1 Stanford, No. 20 Nebraska, No. 23 Kansas, No. 25 Northwestern, No. 40 Michigan and No. 48 Santa Clara.
HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES
• Freshman Maddy Henry joins an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.
• Henry made one save in her collegiate debut at Nebraska on Aug. 19 in her home state and recorded four saves at Kansas on Aug. 21 in her second game. She picked up her first win while making three saves at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and made five in her first home victory over Michigan. The freshman has also posted her highest save totals against the best competition MU has faced this year, putting up seven saves at No. 2 Stanford and eight saves at No. 24 Northwestern. Her first shutout came on Oct. 2 as she made six saves against St. John's at Valley Fields and followed that up with shutouts at Xavier on Oct. 6 and Providence on Oct. 9. The reigning BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week has not allowed a goal in the last 309:50 of regulation.
WIN AT PROVIDENCE KEEPS STREAKS ALIVE
• The Golden Eagles earned their fourth-straight win and third shutout in a row with a 2-0 victory at Providence on Oct. 9. That win gave Marquette its 11th victory all-time (11-0-2) against the Friars and its 11th shutout, as it has outscored PC, 32-2, in the history of the series. Providence's scoreless streak against Marquette dates back eight matches to Oct. 10, 2010 and a total of 693:42 of game time.
BARRINGTON HIGH'S PFEIFFER AND MADDEN BREAKING THROUGH
• Forwards and Barrington High School products Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden lead the Golden Eagles in points this season and have seen a recent uptick in their production over the last couple of weeks. Pfeiffer scored the match-tying goal in the 89th minute against Milwaukee on Sept. 9 and the match winner against Michigan on Aug. 28. She now has a career-best four goals in 2016 after tallying three in each of the last two campaigns, while Madden has tallied points in each of the last five games and scored her first career goal, the match winner, against Cal Poly on Sept. 16. The pair was named to the All-Marquette Invitational team for their play in wins against Cal Poly and CSUN.
PROFFITT RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
• Senior Morgan Proffitt has continued to rake in accolades following an All-BIG EAST First Team campaign as a junior, placing her among the top players in NCAA Division I. The Columbus, Indiana native began the summer with an invitation to U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 training camp in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended up making the 20-person squad for a tournament featuring Nordic countries in England during June. After a gold medal performance with the U.S. U-23 WNT, Proffitt was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and selected as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Proffitt, the third MU player to ever be named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, has started 76-of-78 matches in her career and has recorded eight goals, including four game winners.
• The senior has recorded goals this season to help the Golden Eagles defeat Michigan and St. John's and record a draw at No. 22 Santa Clara. She has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll three times of the season and was the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week after scoring and helping MU shutout St. John's on Oct. 2.
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