Marquette hosts Xavier Sunday in BIG EAST quarters
Oct. 27, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s soccer team earned a Sunday home match in the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Championship and will host Xavier at Valley Fields in the quarterfinals at 1 p.m.
The Golden Eagles (12-6-1, 5-4 BIG EAST) knocked off Seton Hall, 2-0, on Thursday evening in New Jersey to secure the tournament’s No. 4 seed with 15 points in the league standings. Xavier earned the No. 5 seed with 14 points after a 1-0 loss at league regular season champion Georgetown on Thursday afternoon.
Sunday’s match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network through the FOX Sports Go application with Patrick Reed and Matt Schroeder on the call.
Redshirt junior forward Carrie Madden continued her production in the regular season finale against the Pirates with a mid-first half goal and was nearly credited with another in the second half after barely missing a header that was counted as an SHU own goal.
The Musketeers (8-7-4, 4-3-2 BIG EAST) are led by six goals from Sydney Schembri and have gone 1-2 since the Oct. 14 overtime loss at Marquette. Their most recent decisions are a pair of 1-0 losses at St. John’s and Georgetown and they have scored just three goals over their final six matches, going 1-3-2 in that span after starting BIG EAST play at 3-0.
Marquette has defeated Xavier in all six meetings in the all-time series, and all but one of those have come since XU joined the BIG EAST for the 2013-14 campaign. Graduate forward Darian Powell, who currently sits second on MU with 14 points, tallied an overtime winner in the matchup between the two squads on Saturday, Oct. 14 at a rain-soaked Valley Fields on Senior Night. Marquette and Xavier played even through 90 minutes with 10 shots apiece until Powell’s match winner as Maddy Henry made six saves in net for her seventh clean sheet of the year.
Then-sophomore Leah Celarek scored the only goal of her collegiate career in the 2016 matchup between the two squads, a 1-0 Marquette victory on Oct. 6 of last season in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
The winner of Sunday’s quarterfinal match will head to Washington, D.C. for a 1 p.m. Central time Thursday, Nov. 2 semifinal contest against top-seeded Georgetown. The league title match is slated for Sunday, Nov. 5 at the home venue of the highest remaining seed.
MARQUETTE QUALIFIES FOR 13TH BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
• The Golden Eagles own a pair of BIG EAST tournament crowns from 2012 and 2013 and have qualified for the league quarterfinals in all 13 of their years affiliated with the league. MU has also reached the league’s semifinals in nine of the previous 12 seasons and have advanced to four league championship matches. Marquette fell at eventual College Cup semifinalist Georgetown in last year’s league title contest after advancing to the finals on a semifinal overtime goal by Carrie Madden against St. John’s.
MADDEN PROVIDES SPARK TO MU OFFENSE
• Redshirt junior forward Carrie Madden’s return to the starting eleven from an early season quad injury has paid dividends in conference play with her ability to generate scoring chances. She tallied a pair of goals in a 2-0 win at DePaul on Oct. 5 and scored twice in MU’s 3-0 win over Creighton on Oct. 22 at Valley Fields to put her back in the team lead with six goals and 15 points in 2017. She added her seventh goal of the year at Seton Hall and has five goals in eight conference contests.
• Through her first two years at Marquette, Madden played in a total of one match and did not record a point. That lack of playing experience didn’t hinder her ability to contribute offensively in 2016 as Madden proved to be Marquette’s most potent finisher. She led MU with six goals and 17 points in 2016, including four match winners. Madden scored against Butler on Oct. 23 in the 93rd minute to keep Marquette in the hunt for the BIG EAST regular season title and scored on a phenomenal finish behind her against St. John’s in OT of the league tournament semifinals. Madden was named to the 2016 All-BIG EAST Championship Team and was the only MU player named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.
POWELL RETURNS FOR SIXTH SEASON
• Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in both 2014 and 2015 with seven goals after sitting out both 2012 and 2013 with injuries and leads MU in scoring once again as a sixth-year graduate student. Powell posted points in six of the squad’s first eight matches and sits second the team with 14 points on five goals and a career-best four assists.
• Powell’s overtime winner against Xavier on Oct. 14 leaves her alone in eighth in program history with 23 goals and was her 10th match winner, tying her for sixth all-time at MU with current assistant coach Ashley Bares.
MU CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SOCCER
• Throughout the season, Marquette will celebrate its 25th anniversary by highlighting the players and accomplishments of the University’s most successful women’s program. MU has appeared in the NCAA tournament in over half of its years of competition (13 of 24) and has earned 10 conference regular season titles and four league tournament crowns. In the program’s 25th campaign, Marquette has posted an overall record of 335-152-55, including a mark of 314-125-47 in Markus Roeders’ 22 years at the helm.
MU CAPTURED SIXTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE IN 2016
• Eli Beard scored her first goal of 2016 just 57 seconds into overtime against DePaul on Oct. 28 to lift Marquette to the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and a share of their sixth regular season title with a 3-2 win over the Blue Demons. Senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt scored a pair of goals to help MU rebound from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for the win. The regular season title was MU’s 10th all-time, counting MU’s decade-long stay in Conference USA.
GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS 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 183-70-32 since that time and a mark of 97-26-10 in league action, which includes six regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament just three times since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
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