No. 5/10 Looks for Third BIG EAST American Division Title Saturday
Oct. 21, 2011
MILWAUKEE– The No. 5/10 Marquette University women’s soccer team will close out the regular season on Saturday, Oct. 22 when it hosts USF at Valley Fields at 7 p.m. Marquette will honor its senior class of Natalie Kulla, Kerry McBride, Lindsey Page and manager Aleks Vidakovich in a pre-game ceremony.
The Golden Eagles (16-2-0, 9-1-0 BIG EAST) are looking for their third straight BIG EAST American Division Championship. A win over the Bulls would give MU at least a share of the title should West Virginia defeat Pittsburgh on Friday evening. If the Mountaineers were to lose at Pitt, MU would earn the title outright with a win Saturday evening.
If MU wins the American Division title outright, it also earns a No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship hosting the winner of the No. 4 National/5 American game on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Valley Fields. If the Golden Eagles and the Mountaineers share the title, MU earns the No. 2 seed in the American Division and will host the No. 3 National Division seed on Oct. 30.
With a conference-leading 38 points on 14 goals and 10 assists, sophomore Megan Kelly stands second on MU’s single-season points list. Kelly needs four goals to top Kate Gordon’s season goals record (17, 2000) and three points to top her points mark (40, 2000). Kelly is the only player in the BIG EAST to register double-digit goals and assists this season.
Overall, the Golden Eagles scoring offense (2.67 goals per game) is highest in the BIG EAST and ranks seventh in the nation.
The Bulls (6-7-4, 2-5-3 BIG EAST) enter the final weekend of play in seventh place in the American Division with a 2-5-3 league mark. They snapped a five-game winless streak in their last time out at St. John’s, 3-2. The win also marked USF’s first road win in BIG EAST play. Taylor Patterson leads USF with five goals and three assists for 13 points on the season. Goalkeeper Nicole McClure has three shutouts through 17 games played and a 1.18 goals against average.
Last season, USF ended Marquette’s school record 12-game win streak in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship. The Golden Eagles are 12-3-1 all-time against the Bulls.
____________________________________________________________________________________ A sign making station will be available for fans to create posters showing their support for the 2011 senior class of Natalie Kulla, Kerry McBride, and Lindsey Page! In an effort to raise awareness for the National Fragile X Foundation, the soccer team will be providing fans with free hot chocolate during the match. Donations to the foundation will be encouraged. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.GoMarquette.com/tickets or call 414-288-GOMU.
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