Marquette Blanks Villanova, 1-0
MILWAUKEE-- Liz Bartel's goal in the 19th minute proved to be the deciding factor in Marquette's 1-0 victory over the Villanova Wildcats (3-6-2, 1-1) Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles (6-5-1, 2-0) complete a perfect 4-0 homestand, and have now won four-consecutive games which is the longest winning streak of the season
Marquette Drops Season Finale at Butler, 2-1
The Marquette University women's soccer team (9-8-2, 5-3-1) fell 2-1 to the Butler Bulldogs (9-8-2, 3-4-2) in Indianapolis Friday afternoon, finishing up the 2014 regular season and claiming the No.4 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Tournament.
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team will honor the careers of Amanda Engel, Ann Marie Lynch and Jacie Jermier prior to Thursday’s 7 p.m. match against Villanova as part of Senior Night at Valley Fields.
The contest will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, which can be accessed through FOX Sports Go free of charge, with Patrick Reed (play-by-play) and Chris Jenkins (analyst) on the call. Live stats will be available on GameTracker through GoMarquette.com.
The 2015 senior class of Engel, Lynch and Jermier has amassed 52 victories over the past four seasons and has led the Golden Eagles to two BIG EAST Conference regular season and tournament championships, as well as a pair of NCAA tournament berths, including a spot in the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16. The trio will be honored in a pre-match ceremony at Valley Fields and will be joined on the pitch by Marquette University President Dr. Michael R. Lovell and athletic department personnel.
The Golden Eagles (6-6-4, 3-2-1 BIG EAST) are a perfect 6-0-0 all-time against the Wildcats and captured a 1-0 victory on Sept. 28 of last season in Milwaukee as Liz Bartels scored what proved to be the winning goal in the 19th minute. MU outshot Villanova 18-5 in that contest and five of the six meetings between the two have resulted in 1-0 MU victories.
Marquette will also head to Butler this weekend for a noon Central time contest on Sunday against a Bulldogs squad that sits two points ahead of MU in the BIG EAST standings entering Thursday. Butler will square off against Creighton in Indianapolis before welcoming MU to the Butler Bowl for Sunday’s contest, which will be broadcast on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
MU is 1-1-1 all-time against Butler with the lone loss coming on Halloween last season in Indianapolis as the Bulldogs claimed a 2-1 victory in the regular season finale. Marquette was unable to overcome a 2-0 deficit despite a 10-5 edge in shots as Butler keeper Mackenzie Hopkins made four saves in net.
MARQUETTE’S LAST TIME OUT:
The Golden Eagles rallied from a two-goal deficit for a 2-2 draw at Georgetown on Sunday, Oct. 18 with just 10 players on the pitch to end the contest. MU trailed 1-0 in the 57th minute when junior defender Cali Pyzdrowski was given a red card for a slide tackle on a GU player just outside the box, and fell behind 2-0 nine minutes later. Ashley Handwork, who fired a game-high five shots, used her speed to get MU on the board in the 72nd minute and Liz Bartels tied the match just over a minute and a half later. MU had a couple good looks in the second overtime period, outshooting GU 3-0, but earned a point in the league standings with the draw.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS:
Sophomore forward Amanda Vocelka leads Villanova with two of the squads’ five total goals on the season. The Wildcats have been outscored by their opponents 36-5 and are awaiting their first conference win. In BIG EAST play, VU has scored a pair of goals, while allowing 17 through six contests, and has not scored since a 3-1 loss at Creighton on Oct. 4 in Omaha.
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS:
Entering Thursday’s matches, Butler sits fourth in the BIG EAST standings with 12 points and has won consecutive matches, 1-0, over Georgetown and Seton Hall. Freshman forward Halle Stelbasky leads all Butler scorers with eight goals on the season, along with two assists, while junior Serina Kashimoto and senior Sophia Maccagnone each have five goals and four assists. The Bulldogs are scoring at a 1.65-goals-per-game clip and are allowing 1.00 goal against, while holding opponents to just 7.3 shots per contest.
BARTELS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
Junior Liz Bartels was honored by the BIG EAST Conference on Monday, Oct. 19 after scoring the tying goal at Georgetown, which helped MU earn a 2-2 draw on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. The Omaha, Nebraska native’s goal came in the 73rd minute on a shot she lofted over a GU defender at the goal line after her initial attempt was blocked. It is the third time in her career that she has scored in consecutive matches and the first time this season. She is currently tied with Jacie Jermier for the team lead with nine points on the year.
GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
For the 18th time in the 19-year tenure of MU head coach Markus Roeders, the Golden Eagles were announced as recipients of the NSCAA College Team Academic Award after posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.29 for the 2014-15 academic year. The MU women and men each earned the award, marking the seventh year in a row that both squads have been recognized for their academic accomplishments.
JERMIER A SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE
Marquette redshirt senior Jacie Jermier has been named one of 30 women’s soccer candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award and the lone women’s representative from the BIG EAST Conference. The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Jermier was a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection and is a team co-captain in 2015. The McFarland, Wisconsin native holds a 3.5 cumulative grade point average as a biomedical sciences major with a minor in biological sciences and is a three-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection. She is also a member of the national student-athlete honor society, Chi Alpha Sigma, and is scheduled to graduate this December.
JERMIER’S OFFENSIVE CONTRIBUTIONS VITAL FOR MU
Jacie Jermier leads the Golden Eagles with nine points (along with Liz Bartels) on the year after earning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors for a career-best five point day in MU’s BIG EAST lid-lifter against Creighton. She tallied one goal and three helpers on the afternoon, marking the highest single-match point total for an MU player since Mary Luba had six in the Golden Eagles 7-2 victory over Creighton on Sept. 25, 2014.
Jermier started the first three games of the year on defense until MU head coach Markus Roeders inserted junior defender Erin Holland into the lineup against Portland to allow Jermier to move up into the midfield. Jermier responded in the 66th minute on a blast from 22 yards out over the UP keeper’s head and her presence added a different dynamic offensively for MU. The McFarland, Wisconsin native remained in the midfield with Holland starting on MU’s back line against Boston University, during which MU posted a 3-0 shutout victory. Jermier also posted an assist on Sept. 13 against South Dakota State and was named the Marquette Invitational’s Offensive MVP.
Thanks to a pair of 1-0 shutout victories over Xavier and Providence, Erin Holland, Amanda Engel and Liz Bartels were recognized by the BIG EAST Conference on Monday, Oct. 12. Holland was named the league’s defensive player of the week and Engel earned goalkeeper of the week accolades, while Bartels, who scored the lone goal against PC, was recognized on the conference’s weekly honor roll.
Holland and Engel worked as part of a Marquette defensive unit that did not allow a goal to the Musketeers or Friars in over 181 minutes. The pair helped the Golden Eagles to their second and third shutouts of the season and the first since a 3-0 victory over Boston University on Aug. 30. The shutouts were the 25th and 26th of Engel’s career as the senior keeper recorded a pair of saves in Thursday’s overtime victory over Xavier and four saves Sunday against the Friars. Holland controlled the center of the pitch for MU’s backline and has been a mainstay of the Golden Eagles’ defense since her return from last year’s season-ending knee injury.
JERMIER AND PROFFITT EARN SECOND BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS:
Jacie Jermier was honored as the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Sept. 28, while Morgan Proffitt was also named to the league’s weekly honor roll. Jermier had a hand in the first four goals of Marquette’s 5-1 victory over Creighton on Sunday afternoon and tallied a career-best five points on a goal and three assists in the victory. She posted an assist on Darian Powell’s equalizer in the 38th minute, and after assisting Proffitt’s go-ahead goal in the 59th minute, tallied a goal of her own on a penalty kick with just under 13 minutes to play. Proffitt notched her second and third goals of the season in the win over CU and helped limit the Bluejays and Milwaukee to a pair of goals in two matches.
MU PEGGED FOURTH; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST SQUAD
Marquette was tabbed fourth in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Poll, while juniors Liz Bartels and Morgan Proffitt each were named to the conference’s preseason team. The Golden Eagles, who were one of three BIG EAST programs receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, garnered 60 points in the coaches balloting, which is 10 points behind third-place Georgetown and 13 points ahead of Providence. Junior midfielder Liz Bartels and defender Morgan Proffitt were each also named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
GOLDEN EAGLES ARE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAM SINCE 2005
Since entering the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference’s elite women’s soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 156-56-29 since that time and a mark of 82-19-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament only twice since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
MU HAS USED THREE STARTING KEEPERS SINCE ENTERING BIG EAST IN ‘05
The Golden Eagles have had remarkable consistency in net since joining the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign with just three primary starting goalkeepers over that time. Laura Boyer (2005-07), Natalie Kulla (2008-11) and Amanda Engel (2012-15) have all been MU’s primary keeper of record during each season of their respective MU careers and rank among its all-time statistical leaders. Engel enters her fourth season as a starter in 2015 and is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (2012-13).
GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME 10 NEWCOMERS IN 2015
Marquette’s roster features 10 new faces this season with nine incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer. The 10 student-athletes hail from five different states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Michigan with one Marquette women’s soccer legacy in Allison Jacobson, the younger sister of the recently-graduated Emily and Cara Jacobson.
Four of the freshman were regionally ranked by the NSCAA, while midfielder Leah Celarek was ranked as the No. 126 player nationally in the incoming class. High-scoring forward Jamie Kutey was ranked 10th in the Heartland Region and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Second Team Spring All-American as a senior in 2015. After winning four state titles while playing the maximum 20 matches in the Kansas state tournament, Kutey scored in 19 of those contests and had 13 game-winners, including the winning tallies in her final two state title games.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER
A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.
JERMIER, PROFFITT AND A. HANDWORK WIN 2015 WPSL TITLE
Jacie Jermier, Morgan Proffitt and Ashley Handwork and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves captured the 2015 Women's Premier Soccer League National Championship with a 2-1 victory over SoCal FC on July 26 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Handwork, who also scored in the semifinal, headed in the eventual game winner in the 52nd minute on a corner kick from former MU teammate Mary Luba, who scored the first goal of the day in the 18th minute. The championship is the first WSPL crown for Chicago, which had advanced to the title game previously in 2011 and 2012.
MARQUETTE FEATURED EIGHT TIMES ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK
Eight of Marquette’s nine BIG EAST Conference regular season contests will be broadcast live by the BIG EAST Digital Network this season, beginning with MU’s Sept. 27 league lid-lifter against Creighton at Valley Fields. The lone match not broadcast by the league’s digital network (Oct. 8 against Xavier) was broadcast locally by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Wisconsin.