No. 15/10 Marquette Faces No. 25/20 Notre Dame In BIG EAST Semifinals
Oct. 31, 2012
MILWAUKEE - For the sixth time since joining the BIG EAST in 2005, the Marquette women's soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the conference championship. The No. 15/10 Golden Eagles face No. 25/20 Notre Dame on Friday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. CT at Morrone Stadium in Storrs, Conn.
Marquette defeated Connecticut, 4-1 on Sunday to advance to the semifinals. UConn was the only conference opponent that the Golden Eagles had not defeated in regular season play after the first meeting ended in a 1-1 double overtime draw.
The Fighting Irish advanced to the conference final four after deafeating Syracuse 1-0 on Sunday. Notre Dame's goal came from freshman forward Cari Roccaro.
The match will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network with Eric Frede on play-by-play and Shep Messing providing color commentary.
Familiar Foe: Marquette will meet Notre Dame in postseason play for the sixth time overall and the fourth time in five seasons. The Fighting Irish own a 7-4-1 series edge over MU and have won six of the previous seven contests. Last season the Golden Eagles won the regular season meeting, a 3-2 overtime victory, but fell in the BIG EAST quarterfinals, 1-0. Both matches were played in Milwaukee. The two squads have met before in Storrs. In 2009, the Fighting Irish defeated MU 2-1 in the championship finals. The Golden Eagles have never won a BIG EAST Championship title.
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 63-16-8 record since 2009 and rank ninth in the NCAA among active senior classes. The six seniors 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 .722 is tied with Stephen F. Austin for second in the NCAA. The Golden Eagles have allowed just three 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 (0.67) scored per game this season, which ranks second just behind Georgetown in the BIG EAST. Opponents are taking just 6.9 shots per game and have scored just 12 goals against the Golden Eagles this season. Goalkeeper Amanda Engel leads the BIG EAST and ranks 11th in the NCAA with a 0.53 goals against average. In her first season Engel has compiled a 10-0-1 record.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 357 shots and is averaging 19.8 shots per game. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in shots and rank fourth in the nation scoring 2.94 goals per game.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists with 2.78 each game. In 18 games this season MU has totaled 50 assists. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly leads the league with 11 and ranks fifth in the NCAA, dishing out 0.61 per contest.