Marquette Heads to DePaul for Friday Afternoon Contest

Ashley Handwork will head to her native Illinois with the Golden Eagles to face DePaul

2015 Marquette Women's Soccer - Match 19
Marquette (8-6-4, 5-2-1 BIG EAST) at DePaul (11-3-4, 5-1-2 BIG EAST)
Date Friday, Oct. 30 | 2 p.m. CT
Location Wish Field | Chicago
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Oct. 28, 2015

The Last Meeting
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November 7, 2014
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Marquette Falls to DePaul in Penalty Kicks
The Marquette University women's soccer team (10-8-3) battled DePaul (15-0-4) to a 0-0 draw through two overtime periods in the BIG EAST Championship semifinal game, but did not advance to the finals as the Blue Demons earned a 4-3 decision on penalty kicks.

MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team will head to Chicago on Friday, Oct. 30 to face long-time conference rival DePaul at Wish Field in its regular season finale at 2 p.m. Central time.

The match will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network, through FOX Sports Go, with Matt Menzl (play-by-play) and Matt Schroeder (analyst) on the call.

The Golden Eagles (8-6-4, 5-2-1 BIG EAST) enter Friday’s contest with a glimmer of hope in the regular season conference championship race. Heading into Friday, Marquette sits fourth in the league standings, ahead of Butler and Providence, but could move into a tie for the regular season title with a win combined with a St. John’s loss to PC as well as a Georgetown draw or loss to Creighton.  

MU can earn no higher than the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and the quarterfinal bye that goes with it, but would earn the right to host a quarterfinal match on Tuesday evening with the third or fourth seeds. The Golden Eagles are unbeaten in their last five contests (4-0-1) and have recorded four shutout wins over that stretch.

Marquette and DePaul have a lengthy history that dates back to 1996 and includes a pair of meetings last season. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 13-4-1, but suffered a 3-2 defeat at Valley Fields on Oct. 19, 2014 and a 0-0 draw with a 4-3 loss in penalty kicks in last year’s BIG EAST semifinal.

MU fell behind 2-0 in the 38th minute of last October’s meeting, but second half tallies from Darian Powell and Mary Luba sent the match into overtime before Alexa Ben ended things for the Blue Demons off a corner kick in the 104th minute.

Following Friday afternoon’s match, the Golden Eagles will await the final seeding in the conference tournament, which will be determined at the conclusion of the league’s three 6 p.m. Central time games.

MARQUETTE’S LAST TIME OUT:

  • Darian Powell struck off a corner kick in the 32nd minute and the Golden Eagles held Butler off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest as MU picked up its fourth shutout in league action on Sunday afternoon. Powell’s goal was her third in the last two matches after recording both of Marquette’s tallies in a 2-0 win over Villanova on Thursday evening. The Golden Eagles outshot Butler 7-5 and did not allow a single shot on goal as they leaped over BU in the league standings with three points for the victory.

SCOUTING THE BLUE DEMONS:

  • DePaul salvaged a 1-1 draw against Georgetown on Sunday afternoon at Wish Field with Elizabeth Endy’s first goal of the season in the 80th minute. The point from the draw helped the Blue Demons keep pace with the Hoyas in the BIG EAST standings, though they are winless in their last three matches after beginning conference play a perfect 5-0. DePaul could lock up a berth in the league semifinals with a win over the Golden Eagles, but would need a St. John’s loss at Providence to claim the regular season title. Ninth-year head coach Erin Chastain leads a DePaul roster that paces the conference with 2.11 goals per game, led by 11 tallies and 26 total points from Elise Wyatt. Forward Franny Cerney, a leading candidate for BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, has recorded six goals and five assists on the year.

GOLDEN EAGLES FOCUSED ON BIG EAST TOURNAMENT SEEDING

  • With all six berths in the 2015 BIG EAST Championship solidified, Marquette heads to DePaul looking to lock up home field for the quarterfinals or possibly earn a trip straight through to the league semifinals. MU sits a point ahead of both Butler and Providence and a win would at the very least secure home field advantage for a Nov. 3 quarterfinal matchup at Valley Fields. This year marks the 11th time in as many seasons in the league that they have reached at least the conference quarterfinals. Marquette captured a pair of BIG EAST tournament titles in 2012 and 2013 and reached the conference finals in 2009. MU has also advanced to the league semifinals on eight occasions.

POWELL SPARKS THE MU OFFENSE

  • Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in 2014 with seven goals in her first season of action after sitting out her first two years on campus with injuries and tops MU again in 2015. The La Porte City, Iowa native doubled her goal output this season over this past weekend with all three of MU’s tallies in a 2-0 win over Villanova and a 1-0 win at Butler. Powell scored in three-straight matches last season (Oct. 16-25) and this weekend’s production marks the first time that she has scored in consecutive contests this season. She currently leads MU with six goals and 13 points.

PROFFITT AND POWELL EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY AWARDS

  • Morgan Proffitt earned her second BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award, while Darian Powell was named the league’s top weekly offensive performer following MU’s shutout wins over VU and BU. Proffitt helped MU hold its opponents without a single shot on goal in 180 minutes of action as the Golden Eagles held a 12-1 edge in total shots against Villanova and posted a 7-5 advantage at Butler. Powell scored all three of MU’s goals to help Marquette to six points in the league standings.

GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM

  • For the 18th time in the 19-year tenure of MU head coach Markus Roeders, the Golden Eagles were announced as recipients of the NSCAA College Team Academic Award after posting a cumulative grade-point average of 3.29 for the 2014-15 academic year. The MU women and men each earned the award, marking the seventh year in a row that both squads have been recognized for their academic accomplishments.

MARQUETTE GOAL SCORERS VARIED IN 2015

  • The Golden Eagles have seen a number of players contribute offensively this season and the distribution among their goal scorers is a testament to that fact. Eleven different MU players have tallied goals this season, led by six from Darian Powell, who had a pair in MU’s 2-0 win over Villanova on Oct. 22. The Golden Eagles also have four players who have scored three apiece in Liz Bartels, Ashley Handwork, Morgan Proffitt and Molly Pfeiffer, while Jacie Jermier, Erin Holland and Caroline Fink have each posted a pair. Freshman Allison Jacobson scored for the Golden Eagles in their first weekend at Michigan and Jamie Kutey scored her first NCAA goal on Friday, Sept. 11 against Northern Arizona. Junior Cali Pyzdrowski also scored her first career goal in an overtime win over Xavier on Oct. 8.

GOLDEN EAGLES ARE MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAM 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 158-56-29 since that time and a mark of 84-19-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament only twice since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.

JERMIER’S ALL-AROUND CONTRIBUTIONS VITAL FOR MU

  • Jacie Jermier, who has started in MU’s defensive unit over the past few weeks, earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors for a career-best five-point day in MU’s BIG EAST lid-lifter against Creighton. She tallied one goal and three helpers on the afternoon, marking the highest single-match point total for an MU player since Mary Luba had six in the Golden Eagles 7-2 victory over Creighton on Sept. 25, 2014.
  • Jermier started the first three games of the year on defense until MU head coach Markus Roeders inserted junior defender Erin Holland into the lineup against Portland to allow Jermier to move up into the midfield. Jermier responded in the 66th minute on a blast from 22 yards out over the UP keeper’s head and her presence added a different dynamic offensively for MU. The McFarland, Wisconsin native remained in the midfield with Holland starting on MU’s back line against Boston University, during which MU posted a 3-0 shutout victory. Jermier also posted an assist on Sept. 13 against South Dakota State and was named the Marquette Invitational’s Offensive MVP.

BARTELS EARNS BACK-TO-BACK BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS

  • Junior Liz Bartels was honored by the BIG EAST Conference on Monday, Oct. 19 after scoring the tying goal at Georgetown, which helped MU earn a 2-2 draw on Sunday, Oct. 18 in Washington, D.C. The Omaha, Nebraska native’s goal came in the 73rd minute on a shot she lofted over a GU defender at the goal line after her initial attempt was blocked. It is the third time in her career that she has scored in consecutive matches and the first time this season. She is currently tied with Jacie Jermier for the team lead with nine points on the year.

MU PEGGED FOURTH; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON SQUAD

  • Marquette was tabbed fourth in the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Poll, while juniors Liz Bartels and Morgan Proffitt each were named to the conference’s preseason team. The Golden Eagles, who were one of three BIG EAST programs receiving votes in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, garnered 60 points in the coaches balloting, which is 10 points behind third-place Georgetown and 13 points ahead of Providence. Junior midfielder Liz Bartels and defender Morgan Proffitt were each also named to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.

MU HAS USED THREE STARTING KEEPERS SINCE ENTERING BIG EAST IN ‘05

  • The Golden Eagles have had remarkable consistency in net since joining the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign with just three primary starting goalkeepers over that time. Laura Boyer (2005-07), Natalie Kulla (2008-11) and Amanda Engel (2012-15) have all been MU’s primary keeper of record during each season of their respective MU careers and rank among its all-time statistical leaders. Engel enters her fourth season as a starter in 2015 and is a two-time All-BIG EAST selection (2012-13).

GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME 10 NEWCOMERS IN 2015

  • Marquette’s roster features 10 new faces this season with nine incoming freshmen and one sophomore transfer. The 10 student-athletes hail from five different states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Michigan with one Marquette women’s soccer legacy in Allison Jacobson, the younger sister of the recently-graduated Emily and Cara Jacobson.
  • Four of the freshman were regionally ranked by the NSCAA, while midfielder Leah Celarek was ranked as the No. 126 player nationally in the incoming class. High-scoring forward Jamie Kutey was ranked 10th in the Heartland Region and was a TopDrawerSoccer.com Second Team Spring All-American as a senior in 2015. After winning four state titles while playing the maximum 20 matches in the Kansas state tournament, Kutey scored in 19 of those contests and had 13 game-winners, including the winning tallies in her final two state title games.

NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER

  • A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.

JERMIER, PROFFITT AND A. HANDWORK WIN 2015 WPSL TITLE

  • Jacie Jermier, Morgan Proffitt and Ashley Handwork and the Chicago Red Stars Reserves captured the 2015 Women's Premier Soccer League National Championship with a 2-1 victory over SoCal FC on July 26 in Edmond, Oklahoma. Handwork, who also scored in the semifinal, headed in the eventual game winner in the 52nd minute on a corner kick from former MU teammate Mary Luba, who scored the first goal of the day in the 18th minute. The championship is the first WSPL crown for Chicago, which had advanced to the title game previously in 2011 and 2012.

MARQUETTE FEATURED EIGHT TIMES ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK

  • Eight of Marquette’s nine BIG EAST Conference regular season contests will be broadcast live by the BIG EAST Digital Network this season, beginning with MU’s Sept. 27 league lid-lifter against Creighton at Valley Fields. The lone match not broadcast by the league’s digital network (Oct. 8 against Xavier) was broadcast locally by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Wisconsin.

 

 

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