WSOC hosts Butler on Sunday at Valley Fields
Oct. 21, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team hosts Butler on Sunday in a 1 p.m. Central time showdown at Valley Fields in Milwaukee.
The match will once again be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go with Matt Rodewald on the call. Live statistics will also be available on Gametracker through GoMarquette.com.
The Golden Eagles (9-6-2, 5-2-0 BIG EAST) can lock up a spot in the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals with at least a point in one of their final two regular season contests against BU and DePaul.
Entering Sunday’s contest against the Bulldogs (10-5-2, 3-3-1 BIG EAST), Marquette sits alone in third place in the league standings with 15 points, behind No. 7 Georgetown’s 17 points and DePaul’s 18 points. The Hoyas and Blue Demons meet an hour prior to Sunday’s match in Milwaukee and a DePaul victory would give MU a shot at the conference tournament’s No. 1 seed if MU were to defeat both Butler and DePaul to end the year.
Marquette pushed its unblemished series record to 8-0 against Villanova in its last match on Thursday afternoon with a 2-0 victory over the Wildcats in Pennsylvania. All-BIG EAST Preseason selection Liz Bartels scored for MU in the victory, while VU added an own goal for MU to begin the second half.
Butler is coming off a 2-0 victory of its own on Thursday as Serina Kashimoto and Paige Monaghan each scored at the Butler Bowl.
The Golden Eagles are 2-2-1 all-time against Butler after splitting last year’s two meetings with the Bulldogs in Indianapolis. Darian Powell scored for Marquette a 1-0 win at Butler on Oct. 25, 2015 but the Bulldogs went on to earn the 1-0 victory a week and a half later in the quarterfinals of the 2015 BIG EAST Championship.
Following Sunday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles will host their Senior Night contest with DePaul on Oct. 28 in which its 10-player senior class will be honored at 7 p.m.
KEY MARQUETTE STORYLINES:
SCOUTING THE BULLDOGS:
• Butler picked up its second win in a row on Thursday evening in Indianapolis over Creighton, 2-0, to pull its league record back to an even 3-3-1. Prior to last Sunday’s matchup against Seton Hall, a 2-1 win, the Bulldogs had been held without a goal in their previous four contests after claiming five-straight shutout victories, capped by a league-opening victory over Villanova. Senior Serina Kashimoto leads all Butler scorers with nine goals on the season and five assists, while sophomore Paige Monaghan has posted four goals and three assists. Monaghan and Kashimoto sit second and third in the league, respectively, with 62 and 54 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.
BARTELS AGAIN SHOWING ALL-LEAGUE FORM
• Preseason All-BIG EAST selection Liz Bartels has scored in two of the last three contests for the Golden Eagles and registered a match-high six shots in the win at Villanova on Oct. 20. Her increased production has come after head coach Markus Roeders altered the midfield and forward units midway through league play to put her up further in the attack. Bartels responded with goals in the wins at Providence and VU and her ability on the ball has generated numerous chances for Marquette’s offense. The Omaha, Nebraska native was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection as a sophomore in 2014 and a second team choice as a junior in 2015.
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.
WINS AT PROVIDENCE AND VILLANOVA KEEP 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. • Marquette’s 2-0 win at Villanova on Oct. 20 was the eighth all-time in as many meetings against the Wildcats, who have never scored a goal against the Golden Eagles. MU tallied a pair of goals in the win to push their goal advantage in the series to 12-0. Marquette’s final goal on Thursday came on a Villanova own goal in the second half, meaning the Wildcats have scored more goals for MU than they have for themselves in the history of the series.
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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