No. 5/9 MU Hosts Notre Dame in BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals
Oct. 28, 2011
MILWAUKEE - The three-time BIG EAST American Division Champion Marquette women's soccer team will look to advance to the BIG EAST semifinals for the sixth time in program history Sunday when it takes on No. 3 National Division-seed Notre Dame in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals. Kickoff at Valley Fields is set for 1 p.m.
The winner of this match advances to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinals where it will meet the victor of No. 1 National Division seed Louisville versus No. 4 American Division seed Providence. West Virginia's Dick Dlesk Stadium will serve as host for the semifinals (Nov. 4) and finals (Nov. 6).
The home quarterfinal match marks the sixth time since Marquette joined the league in 2005 that it has played a quarterfinal match on its home turf. MU is 6-6 all-time in the BIG EAST Tournament, 5-1 in BIGEAST Championship Quarterfinal action, and 5-0 when those quarterfinal matches are played at Valley Fields.
The Golden Eagles won a share of their third straight BIG EAST American Division title with a 10-1-0 BIG EAST record, and begin BIG EAST Championship play as the No. 2 seed due to the tie-breaker with West Virginia.
The Golden Eagles are on a nine-game win streak; their longest of the season, and are riding a 19-game home unbeaten streak at Valley Fields. Marquette is undefeated, 11-0-0, at Valley Fields this season.
Notre Dame (9-6-3, 6-3-2 BIG EAST) enters the BIG EAST Conference Championship as the No. 3 seed out of the National Division after being picked to the division title in the preseason poll. It is the first time Notre Dame has ever had to play on the road for a BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinal match.
Melissa Henderson leads Notre Dame, and the BIG EAST, with 17 goals. She scored four goals in ND's 5-1 win over DePaul. Goalkeeper Maddie Fox has seen the majority of time in net this season, including action in all 11 conference games. She has posted three shutouts and 49 saves through 14 games.
The Golden Eagles are 2-6 all-time against the Fighting Irish. Marquette won the regular season meeting, 3-2, in overtime, on Sept. 25 at Valley Fields.
Marquette and Notre Dame have met in the BIG EAST Championship four times (three semifinal matches, one championship match), but it is the first time the two teams will play in the quarterfinals.
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