Marquette Hosts Seton Hall Thursday
Oct. 15, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (7-6-2, 3-1-1) look to get back their winning ways, after dropping their first BIG EAST match of the season at Georgetown, when they host Seton Hall (3-7-4, 0-3-2) Thursday evening at Valley Fields. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Central time against the Pirates and the match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network via Fox Sports GO with Patrick Reed calling the play-by-play and Matt Schroeder serving as the color analyst. Live stats will be provided via GameTracker at GoMarquette.com and live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Marquette saw its six-game unbeaten streak snapped at the hands of the Georgetown Hoyas this past Sunday, falling 4-0 at Shaw Field. After a scoreless first half in which Marquette acted as the aggressor, outshooting the Hoyas and controlling the offensive tempo, Georgetown managed to outplay Marquette in the second stanza. The sister-sister duo of Daphne and Rachel Corboz was the story of the second half, accounting for three assists and two goals, and ultimately propelling GU to victory over the Golden Eagles. Sunday's defeat marked Marquette's first BIG EAST Conference regular season loss in its last 32 matches, a streak that dated back to 2011.
Seton Hall enters Thursday's matchup without a BIG EAST victory, and is fresh off a 0-0 draw at home against Xavier. The Pirates, in their second-straight overtime tie, were unable to break through against a tough Musketeer defensive unit. SHU has already played in five overtime matches this season. Seton Hall's calling card is defense, and it has allowed just two goals over the past three games. SHU's Illissa Blackshear is one the league's premier goalkeepers, featuring a a 0.83 goals against average and .836 save percentage.
The Golden Eagles currently sit in second place in the BIG EAST Conference with a 3-1-1 mark; DePaul, Georgetown and St. John's are in a three-way tie for first place in the league. Seton Hall, in search for its first win in league play, holds the ninth spot in the BIG EAST.
PROMOS: In honor of breast cancer awareness month and Kick for a Cure, Marquette women's soccer invites all in attendance Thursday evening to wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness and raise donations for the Milwaukee Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness Program. Additionally, Thursday's match marks the Friends and Pizza Challenge at Valley Fields. Any student who brings three friends to the game will receive free Pizza Hut at halftime for the group of friends.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette and Seton Hall have met four times over the years, with the Golden Eagles holding a 3-0-1 edge in those contests. MU has claimed three-straight victories over the Pirates after playing to a draw in its first-ever matchup with Pirates in 2006. MU defeated Seton Hall 1-0 last season in South Orange, N.J.
WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 53-7-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage.The Blue and Gold boast the third-longest home winning streak against conference opponents, with 26-straight victories at Valley Fields in BIG EAST action. Marquette also looks to extend its current five-game home winning streak which has featured wins over Kansas, LSU, Creighton, Villanova and 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.
CRITICAL STRETCH RUN: With just over two weeks left in its regular season, Marquette looks finish strong and solidfy itself as a postseason contender. MU hosts Seton Hall and DePaul at Valley Fields, before concluding its season on the road at Providence (Oct. 25) and Butler (Oct. 31).
COMING UP BIG IN THE BIG EAST: The Golden Eagles are off to a 3-1-1 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 its 2014 BIG EAST campaign, Marquette is within the top two in the conference in shots, points, goals, goals per game, assists and assists per game.
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