Marquette Returns to Valley Fields to Host Louisville and Cincinnati
Oct. 16, 2008
The Marquette women's soccer team returns to the friendly confines of Valley Fields this weekend as it opens a four-match homestand to complete the regular season. Marquette will host a pair BIG EAST National Division foes in Louisville on Friday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., and Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.
"Our team understands that we have a lot to play for these last two weekends of the regular season and it will be good to play these games at home," said head coach Markus Roeders. "Our ladies are focused, our defensive game is very good, and offensively we seem to click. Earlier in the year, we created chances but didn't necessarily convert them. Since then, those chances have turned into goals and ultimately into winning games."
Marquette (9-4-2, 3-1-1 BIG EAST) sits atop the American Division standings, with 16 points, four points ahead of West Virginia. The Golden Eagles look to extend its two-match win streak after a double-overtime victory at St. John's, 2-1, and a 1-0 shutout of Syracuse. Soccer Buzz and Soccer America National Team of the Week member Ashley Bares scored both game winners last weekend and is second on the team with seven points with three goals and one assist. Sophomore Julia Victor leads the team with eight points on three goals and two assists. Including Bares' and Victor's strikes, 10 Golden Eagles have registered goals this season.
Reigning BIG EAST Rookie of the Week goalkeeper, Natalie Kulla, has started the last nine games. She has the league's seventh-best goals against average, 0.71, and tied for the sixth-best shutout total with five.
The Cardinals (5-5-3, 3-2-2 BIG EAST), who stand tied for fifth place (11 points) in the BIG EAST National Division, will round out a season-long four-match road tilt this weekend at MU and USF. Louisville has tallied 21 goals, led by junior Lindsay Boling with six goals, who also leads the team with 12 points. Goalkeepers Katie Zoeller and Chloe Kiefer have split time in net, playing six and eight games apiece. Junior Zoeller has allowed five goals in 510:00, for a goals against average of 0.88. In over 700 minutes in net, freshman Kiefer has allowed 12 goals, with a goals against average of 1.45.
Marquette is 11-5-1 all-time against the Cardinals. The Golden Eagles will be looking to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered in the 2007 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals when the two teams last met.
"Louisville has a great coach and they have many talented players. We had a couple of tough matches against them last year playing on the road. It should be a great battle and entertaining for our fans," Roeders said.
Cincinnati (7-5-2, 3-2-2 BIG EAST), tied for fifth place (11 points) with Louisville, is unbeaten in its last four games under first-year head coach Michelle Salmon. The Bearcats registered wins over Connecticut (2-1) and Seton Hall (2-0), and tied Providence (1-1) and Rutgers (0-0). Nine different players have scored this season for Cincinnati led by freshman Julie Morrissey and junior Melissa Bigg with four and three goals each, respectively. Junior goalkeeper Andrea Kaminski was named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week for Oct. 13, following a pair of shutouts against Seton Hall and Rutgers. She has been credited with three shutouts and a 1.42 goals against average over 1,269 minutes in net.
"Cincinnati is playing with a lot of confidence and they have had success on the road. Both teams have different styles and we will address them within our preparation for the weekend," said Roeders.
The Golden Eagles have a 10-8-2 advantage over 15 years of play with the Bearcats. The last match finished in a 1-1 draw at Cincinnati last season. UC will play at USF on Friday before traveling to Milwaukee.