MU Closes Out the Regular Season at Pittsburgh and West Virginia
Oct. 25, 2007
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette women's soccer team will hit the road for its remaining two games of the regular season this weekend. Marquette will first play at Pittsburgh on Friday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m. CT, and then at No. 19/23 West Virginia on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Noon CT.
A Marquette win on Friday would clinch the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Conference Tournament which begins on Thursday, Nov. 1, and give the Golden Eagles a first round bye.
'We are excited about the weekend ahead at Pittsburgh and West Virginia," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We are in control of our own destiny and with a win on Friday we will claim the No. 3 seed in our Division. A first round bye will give us a whole week to prepare for a BIG EAST quarterfinal match."
Marquette has played to double overtime draws each of its last three contests. Senior Allison Mallams has been on fire offensively for the Golden Eagles and has scored all three of the team's goals in the last two games. Since returning from injury, Mallams has six points through six games.
"The team is playing well and creating enough chances but we need to finish those to win games," said Roeders. "The positive is that we could have won the last three games and our focus continues to be on finishing and creating chances. Our team defense has been great all year and if we can raise that part of our game, we will be difficult to play against."
Pittsburgh (6-9-1, 1-7-1 BIG EAST) has seen its share of ups and downs during the season and is currently in last place in the American Division with only one win. The Panthers lone win came against Syracuse, 2-1.
Ashley Habbel leads Pitt offensively with 13 points on five goals and three assists. In goal, Allison Finch has a 1.65 goals against average through 14 games.
Former men's soccer assistant coach Barry Bimbi is an assistant coach for the Panthers.
"Pittsburgh will know us well since Barry Bimbi, a former MU men's assistant, is part of its staff. We have to go and execute our game and play at the highest level on both ends of the field. It won't be easy but that's a given in the Big East," said Roeders.
West Virginia (11-4-1, 7-1-1 BIG EAST) stands in second place in the American Division behind Connecticut with 22 points and has secured a first round bye in the conference tournament.
Reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, Ashley Banks, leads the Mountaineers and the conference with 1.88 points per game. Banks ranks 17th in the nation in points per game and 29th in goals per game (0.688). For the season she has 30 points on 11 goals and eight assists. Two other Mountaineers, Deana Everett and Kim Bonilla each have double-digit point totals for the season, with 23 points and 16 points, respectively
Mallory Beck has played 14 games in net and registered a 0.89 goals against average in 1218:42 minutes of play.
"West Virginia is among the top teams in the country for many reasons. They are very well coached and play with tremendous energy and determination. They have a high-powered offense and defensively they work extremely hard. It will be a great game for us this time of year as we prepare for post-season play. WVU is one of the toughest away venues in the Big East; our team has to embrace the environment and be prepared to play"