Marquette Hosts DePaul on Sunday Evening
Oct. 17, 2014
The Marquette Golden Eagles (8-6-2, 4-1-1) look to extend their current six-game home winning streak when they host the No. 12/8 DePaul Blue Demons (12-0-3, 4-0-2) for a 6 p.m. Central time tilt at Valley Fields. All nine seniors: Sofie Schunk, Mady Vicker, Shalese Miller, Alex Heffron, Haley Fritzlen, Mary Luba, Maggie Edlebeck, Elizabeth Bollinger, and Isabela Carrasco will be honored in pre-match ceremony as Sunday's matchup marks Senior Day at Valley Fields. The match will be streamed for free at GoMarquette.com with stats provided via GameTracker. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
The Golden Eagles defeated Seton Hall, 3-0, this past Thursday at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles played a complete 90-minute match against the Pirates, scoring two goals in the first half and one in the second, while keeping constant offensive pressure on the opposition. Morgan Proffitt, Erin Holland and Darian Powell all recorded scores for the Blue and Gold. Marquette outshot Seton Hall 21-5 and attempted 10 cornerkicks to the Pirates' zero. Junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel collected her sixth clean sheet of the season, registering one save before giving way to senior Sofie Schunk, who collected a save in 30 minutes of action.
The DePaul Blue Demons enter Sunday's matchup undefeated, and are one of only two teams in the nation without a loss this season. DePaul played to its third draw of the season last time out, tying Butler on the road, 2-2, this past Thursday. The Blue Demons were minutes away from being handed their first loss of the season, but sophomore Abby Reed was able to tie the match at two in the 87th minute. Reed's team-high 10th goal of the season was the final tally of the match.
With a win over DePaul, Marquette could leap frog its I-94 counterpart in the BIG EAST Conference standings. The Blue Demons are second in the standings with 14 points, while Marquette is tied with Georgetown at 13 points each.
PROMOS: Free admission will be provided for those in possession of a Marquette men's soccer ticket from its match against Villanova on Oct. 18.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette and DePaul have met 16 times in a series that dates back to 1996. The Golden Eagles hold a 13-3 edge against the Blue Demons, and picked up a pair of victories last season. MU has registered six-straight wins over DePaul.
WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 54-7-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage.The Blue and Gold boast the second-longest home winning streak against conference opponents, with 27-straight victories at Valley Fields in BIG EAST action. Marquette also looks to extend its current six-game home winning streak which has featured wins over Kansas, LSU, Creighton, Villanova, Xavier and Seton Hall. Marquette has averaged 2.4 goals at matches played at Valley Fields this season.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: 15 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, Shalese Miller, Erin Holland and Morgan Proffitt all have notched one goal so far this season.
SOPHOMORES SHINE AGAINST SETON HALL: Sophomore defenders Morgan Proffitt and Erin Holland each scored their first goals of the season against Seton Hall this past Thursday. Both Proffitt and Holland were able to score on headers that resulted from cornerkick attempts. Holland, whose tally was the first of her career, also notched her first career assist in the 3-0 victory over the Pirates.
CORNERKICKS ARE KEY: Last time out against Seton Hall, all three of Marquette's scores were the result of a cornerkick attempt. Overall, the Blue and Gold held a 10-0 edge in terms of corners against the Pirates. The Golden Eagles are 5-2-1 on the season when they attempt more corners than the opposition.
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