Oct. 29, 2014
MU-Butler Notes | Live Stats
The Marquette Golden Eagles (9-7-2, 5-2-1) travel to Butler (8-8-1, 2-4-2) for their final regular season match of the 2014 season, Friday Oct. 31. Game time is slated for 3 p.m. Central time at the Butler Bowl. Live stats will be provided at ButlerSports.com.
The Golden Eagles got back to their winning ways this past Saturday, dispatching the Providence Friars 4-0 at Providence. Marquette tallied all four of its scores in the first half, and after establishing itself early, never wavered. Senior Alex Heffron put the Golden Eagles on the board in the 23rd minute scoring off a helper from teammate Darian Powell. Heffron struck again less than a minute later, taking on the Providence keeper by herself, scoring unassisted. Powell added MU's third goal in the 32nd minute, after she was beneficiary of a beautifully timed pass from teammate Liz Bartels. Sophomore Ashley Handwork notched MU's final goal in the closing seconds of the first half, heading in a corner off the foot of Jacie Jermier. MU's four first half goals tied the season high mark for one half. Marquette managed to score four goals against a Providence defense that previously had allowed the lowest amount of goals in the conference at just .94 per contest.
Butler, who holds the seventh spot in the BIG EAST standings, enters Friday's contest having won just one of its previous six matches. Last time out against Creighton, the Bulldogs played to a 1-1 draw. Despite a clear edge in terms of shots over its counterpart, 17 to nine, Butler was not able to knock off Creighton. After facing a 1-0 deficit midway through the second half, Butler's Serina Kashimoto scored the equalizing tally in the 72nd minute. Butler features a talented offense that has recorded the most assists as a team in the conference. Sophia Maccagnone leads the way with ten helpers, which rank her second in the BIG EAST. The Bulldogs' Elise Kotsakis has the fourth-most goals in the league with nine.
With its win over Providence, Marquette solidified a top-four finish in BIG EAST Conference action, thus ensuring a home match in the opening round of the conference tournament. Currently slated in the No. 4 position, Marquette could finish No.3 with a Georgetown loss and a win of their own.
SERIES HISTORY: The Marquette Golden Eagles and Butler Bulldogs have just two meetings all time, with MU holding a slight edge at 1-0-1. The first meeting between the two schools occured in the fall of 1995, which resulted in a 1-1 draw. The Golden Eagles defeated the Bulldogs 2-1 in Milwaukee last season.
MU PLAYERS EARN BIG EAST HONORS: Senior forward Alex Heffron was named the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the week, while Junior goalkeeper Amanda Engel was also recognized by the conference as a weekly honor roll selection, the league announced Monday. Heffron recorded two goals in Marquette's 4-0 triumph at Providence this past Saturday. Heffron, who had just three career goals at Marquette entering the match, came up big against the Friars with the pair of goals and five total shot attempts. Engel, making her third appearance on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll, notched her seventh shutout of the season in the victory over the Friars. Engel registered five saves en route to the clean sheet.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: 15 different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Mary Luba and Darian Powell pacing the squad with five goals apiece. Jacie Jermier has tallied four scores, while Liz Bartels is just behind with three goals. Eli Beard has netted two, and Meegan Johnston, Haley Fritzlen, Mady Vicker, Alex Heffron, Ashley Handwork, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, Shalese Miller, Erin Holland and Morgan Proffitt all have notched one goal so far this season. The Marquette roster features great depth and versatility and its 15 different goal scorers are the most in the BIG EAST Conference.
ESTABLISHING ITSELF EARLY: The Golden Eagles thrive when they are able to establish a offensive rhythm early on. The Blue and Gold are 8-1-1 in matches in which they are able to score first and subsequently 6-1-1 when they hold a halftime lead.
COMING UP BIG IN THE BIG EAST: Since the beginning of BIG EAST play, Marquette finds itself near the top in several conference-only offensive categories. The Golden Eagles lead the BIG EAST in shots, points, goals, goals per game, and are second in assists and assists per match.