Marquette Travels to Providence on Saturday

Darian Powell
Oct. 23, 2014

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The Marquette Golden Eagles (8-7-2, 4-2-1) look to help solidify a top-four finish in the BIG EAST Conference standings, when they travel to Providence College (8-6-2, 4-3-0), Saturday, Oct. 25th. Kick-off is slated for 6 p.m. Central time at the Ray Treacy Track in Providence, Rhode Island. Live stats will be provided via GametTracker at Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.

The Last Meeting
October 27, 2013
Valley Fields
Marquette Clinches BIG EAST Regular Season Title
The Marquette Golden Eagles women's soccer team clinched the BIG EAST regular season title on Saturday after defeating Providence 6-0.

The Golden Eagles, despite overcoming a two goal deficit, dropped their final regular season home match of 2014 to the DePaul Blue Demons, 3-2 in double overtime at Valley Fields this past Sunday. Trailing 2-0 at the half, Marquette turned up its offensive intensity in the second stanza, evening the score while playing very aggressively on their side of the pitch. Sophomore Darian Powell registered MU's first tally of the match in the 62nd minute after she was the beneficiary of a cross from teammate Heather Handwork. In the 86th minute, senior midfielder Mary Luba evened the score at two when she converted a free kick from a shade over 18 yards from the goal. MU then outshot its counterpart in the first overtime session but ultimately could not fend off DePaul in the second overtime, falling 3-2. DePaul's Alexa Ben notched the game-winning goal in the 103rd minute to stun Marquette. Luba and Powell each recorded their season team-high fifth goal in the match.

The Providence Friars enter Saturday's contest riding a three-match winning streak. PC claimed a 1-0 road victory over St. John's in its most recent action. Junior Catherine Zimmerman recorded the lone goal of the match in the 39th minute to hand St. John's its first conference loss of the season. Providence features a tough defense, which allows the fewest goals per game in the conference at .94 per contest. PC has allowed just 15 goals in 16 matches, and the anchor of the Providence defensive group is sophomore keeper Kristyn Shea who has the lowest goals against average in the BIG EAST.

Saturday will feature the No. 4 and No. 5 teams in the conference standings in Marquette and Providence, respectively. The Golden Eagles are in pursuit of a top four finish in the BIG EAST Conference standings which would ensure either a first round bye or a first round home match in the conference tournament.

SERIES HISTORY: Marquette holds a 7-0-2 edge over the Providence Friars in a series that dates back to 2005. The Golden Eagles have claimed the past three matchups by a combined score of 14-0. The Blue and Gold notched a 6-0 victory over the Friars in Milwaukee last season.

POWELL EARNS CONFERENCE HONORS: Sophomore forward Darian Powell was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, after scoring a pair of goals in Marquette's two matches this past week. Powell found the back of the net in both MU's 3-0 victory over Seton Hall and MU's 3-2 double-overtime loss to DePaul this past week. In the hard fought loss to the Blue Demons Powell helped ignite the Marquette comeback, notching the team's first goal in the 62nd minute to close the deficit to 2-1. Powell's five goals tie her for the team lead with teammate Mary Luba. Providence also features a member of this week's BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll in goalkeeper Kristyn Shea.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: 15 different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Mary Luba and Darian Powell pacing the squad with five goals apiece. Jacie Jermier has tallied four scores, while Liz Bartels is just behind with three goals. Eli Beard has netted two, and 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. The Marquette roster features great depth and versatility and its 15 different goal scorers are the most in the BIG EAST Conference. Only three other teams in the BIG EAST Conference feature 10 or more goal scorers and Georgetown is the closest to Marquette's total with 11.

ESTABLISHING ITSELF EARLY: The Golden Eagles thrive when they are able to establish a offensive rhythm early on. The Blue and Gold are 7-1-1 in matches in which they are able to score first and subsequently are 5-1-1 when they hold a halftime lead.

COMING UP BIG IN THE BIG EAST: Marquette finds itself in top half of the conference in several offensive categories since the beginning of league action. In BIG EAST Conference matches, MU is first in shots, goals and goals per game and has the most second total points.



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