WSOC heads to Villanova Thursday, hosts Butler Sunday
Oct. 18, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s soccer team looks to keep pace in its pursuit of a spot in the BIG EAST Conference Championship with a midweek match at Villanova on Thursday and a Sunday home contest against Butler.
The Golden Eagles (8-6-2, 4-2-0 BIG EAST) will travel to Pennsylvania for Thursday’s 3 p.m. Central time matchup with the Wildcats at Campolo Field and host the Bulldogs at Valley Fields on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT. Both matches will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go and are available free of charge.
Marquette had its four-match winning streak snapped on Sunday by No. 7 Georgetown in a 2-0 home loss after claiming its previous three victories by shutouts. Amanda Carolan’s first goal for the Hoyas snapped a scoreless streak for MU opponents that stretched back nearly 337 minutes to Sept. 29 against Seton Hall.
The Golden Eagles hold a perfect 7-0-0 all-time record against Villanova and are 2-2-1 against Butler after splitting last year’s two meetings with the Bulldogs in Indianapolis. In its previous seven matchups with Villanova, Marquette has outscored the Wildcats 10-0 and captured last year’s match, 2-0, with a pair of goals from Darian Powell as the Golden Eagles sealed a berth in the conference tournament.
Powell also scored in the following match, a 1-0 win at Butler on Oct. 25, but the Bulldogs went on to earn the 1-0 victory a week and a half later in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship
After returning from Villanova, the Golden Eagles will host their final two regular season matches at Valley Fields, beginning with Sunday against Butler and followed by MU’s Senior Night matchup with DePaul on Oct. 28 in which its 10-player senior class will be honored.
• Freshman Maddy Henry has started every game in net for MU and recorded the first three shutouts of her career in consecutive wins over St. John’s, Xavier and Providence.
• Molly Pfeiffer has career bests in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12) and is leading MU in scoring for the first time in her career.
• MU’s Markus Roeders is in possession of 298 career head coaching victories, pushing him past Al McGuire’s 295 men’s basketball wins among Marquette head coaches. He still sits behind women’s coaches Tat Shiely (basketball/volleyball), Jody Bronson (tennis) and Terri Mitchell (basketball) in terms of total wins at Marquette.
• Marquette’s non-conference schedule included six RPI top-49 teams. MU sits 29th in RPI as of Oct. 17.
• Golden Eagles are looking to make a return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013, which is also the year of their last BIG EAST title.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS:
• Villanova sits at 3-12 on the year and their lone victory in conference action came against Creighton on Oct. 2, a 3-1 triumph. Freshman forward Kristin Barbour paces the offense for the Wildcats with six goals and two assists on the season, followed by classmate Ida DiClemente at four goals and three assists. Villanova fell 1-0 at Xavier on Saturday despite a match high eight shots from DiClemente. Of their 191 shots on the year, more than 55 percent have been on goal.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS:
• Butler most recently defeated Seton Hall 2-1 on Sunday for their first victory in BIG EAST play since the league opener at Villanova on Sept. 24. Prior to Sunday’s matchup against the Pirates, the Bulldogs had been held without a goal in their previous four contests after claiming five-straight shutout victories, capped by the win over Villanova. Senior Serina Kashimoto leads all Butler scorers with eight goals on the season and five assists, while sophomore Paige Monaghan has posted three goals and three assists. Monaghan and Kashimoto sit second and third in the league, respectively, with 56 and 49 shots on the season. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Hannah Luedtke has started every match in net and was a high school teammate of Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden at Barrington High School in suburban Chicago. Butler hosts Creighton on Thursday before making the trek to Milwaukee.
NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU’S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
• The NCAA’s fifth RPI rankings of 2016 were released on Oct. 17 and showed the Golden Eagles second among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 29. Georgetown paces its league counterparts in sixth place nationally, while Providence (No. 43), DePaul (No. 88), and St. John’s (No. 91) 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. 2 Stanford, No. 20 Nebraska, No. 24 Kansas, No. 26 Northwestern, No. 47 Michigan and No. 49 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.
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.
GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
• Twenty-five women on last year’s 35-member team earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year and were honored on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. That group includes three student-athletes who carried 4.0s through both semesters in redshirt freshman Courtney Dugan and juniors Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer. The Golden Eagles were also given the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.39.
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