No. 16/12 Marquette Hosts Connecticut In BIG EAST Quarterfinal Action
Oct. 26, 2012
MILWAUKEE - The No. 16/12 Marquette women's soccer team begins postseason play on Sunday with the BIG EAST Championship quarterfinals at Valley Fields at 1:00 p.m. The Golden Eagles will welcome Connecticut after the Huskies defeated Rutgers 3-1 in the opening round on Thursday.
Marquette will be looking to advance to the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship for the first time since 2010. The Golden Eagles have never won a BIG EAST Championship title and have advanced to the finals just once in 2009, the last time the championship was played in Storrs, Conn.
Connecticut was the only team that the Golden Eagles did not beat this season. The regular season matchup at UConn finished in a 1-1 double overtime draw.
Marquette has never met the Huskies in postseason play. This will be the ninth all-time meeting with the Golden Eagles owning a 5-2-1 advantage in the series
Racking Up the Accolades: For the third time this season, senior Ally Miller was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. She anchored MU's backline in a 4-0 victory over USF last weekend that did not allow a shot on goal and only took one shot the entire game. Miller was also named TopDrawerSoccer.com's Midfielder of the Week. Junior Cara Jacobson was tabbed as College Sports Madness' BIG EAST Player of the Week after scoring one goal and one assist against USF.
4-Peat: For the fourth consecutive year Marquette won the BIG EAST American Division title. It was the eighth-time in program history that MU claimed a regular season title. Since 2009 the Golden Eagles are 37-3-3 in BIG EAST Conference play.
Vote Miller!: Senior Ally Miller has been named a 2012 Senior CLASS Award finalist. Miller has started all but three games in her career and has helped Marquette to four-straight BIG EAST American Division Championships. Miller is an advertising and marketing major with a 3.862 grade point average. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 men's candidates and 30 women's candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through Nov. 19. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. Visit Ally's page at http://bit.ly/VoteAlly to vote up to once a day!
Winning Ways: The senior class, Ally Miller, Lisa Philbin, Megan Jaskowiak, Rachel Brown, Rachael Sloan and Sam Vicker own a 62-16-8 record since 2009 and rank ninth in the NCAA among active senior classes. The six senior won regular season titles in each year at Marquette which is a first for the women's soccer program.
No Scoring Allowed: Marquette has recorded 13 shutouts this season,which leads the league. The shutout percentage of .765 is tied with Stephen F. Austin for second in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles have allowed just two goals against BIG EAST opponents and MU is 12-0-1 when producing a shutout as the lone tie came in a 0-0, double overtime draw against Central Michigan.
D-D-D Defense: Marquette is allowing less than one goal (0.65) scored per game this season, which is tied with Georgetown to lead BIG EAST squads. Opponents are taking just 7.0 shots per game and have scored just 11 goals against the Golden Eagles this season. Goalkeepers Amanda Engel and Sofie Schunk rank second and sixth, respectively in the league in goals against average. Engel ranks 17th in the NCAA with a 0.57 percent average.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 337 shots and is averaging 19.81 shots per game. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in shots and rank sixth in the nation with 2.76 goals per game.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists with 2.76 each game. In 17 games this season MU has totaled 47 assists. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly leads the league with 10 total and ranks ninth in the NCAA.