No. 14/7 Marquette Concludes Regular Season Play Saturday
Oct. 31, 2013
MILWAUKEE--The No. 14/7 Marquette University women's soccer team (15-3, 8-0) will wrap up BIG EAST play this Saturday, Nov. 2 in its final regular season match against new-BIG EAST member, Butler (11-5-2, 4-4) at 5:30 p.m. CT. Saturday will be a doubleheader senior night for the eight seniors on the women's squad and the five seniors on the men's team, with the MU men's team playing immediately after the women at Valley Fields.
The Golden Eagles clinched the BIG EAST Conference title for the fifth consecutive year in a 6-0 rout over Providence on Oct. 27. With a victory over Butler this weekend, the squad could finish conference play undefeated.
The Bulldogs are coming to the Valley after winning four of their last five BIG EAST games to even out their conference record to 4-4. Sophomore Sophia Maccagnone leads the offensive efforts with 25 points, nine goals and seven assists on the season. On the defensive side, senior goalkeeper Julie Burton has notched 40 saves on the season with seven shutouts. In its most recent match, Butler defeated Creighton 1-0 in overtime with a game winning goal coming in the 95th minute from senior Katie Griswold.
In addition to honoring the seniors on Saturday, the doubleheader will feature a bonfire beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the turf field, just east of the soccer field. At the bonfire, free Qdoba, hot chocolate and s'mores will be offered along with the opportunity to try your hand at Xbox video games. Saturday will also be the first chance for students to pick up their Fanactic's t-shirts.
Following the conclusion of the game there will be a brief on-field awards ceremony celebrating MU's fifth consecutive regular season BIG EAST title.
The game can be viewed for free through gomarquette.com as well as a link to GameTracker. Live updates can also be found by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Marquette and Butler has met on just one other occasion, Sept. 17, 1995, which ended in a 1-1 overtime draw in Indianapolis.
National Rankings: Riding a 10-game winning streak, the Golden Eagles are ranked in the top-15 of all national soccer polls and have vaulted to No. 4 in the NCAA RPI (Ratings Percentage Index). MU is No. 14 in the NSCAA coaches poll, No. 7 in the Soccer America poll and No. 18 and 12 in the topdrawersoccer.com and collegesportsmadness.com polls, respectively.
Welcome to the Valley: Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 44-3-5 record throughout the past four seasons for a true home-field advantage. The Golden Eagles have not lost a game at Valley Fields since Oct. 30, 2011 when they fell to Notre Dame in a BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals contest-a streak of 18 matches. Marquette will have the opportunity to remain home for the next few weeks, including the BIG EAST Conference Championship semifinals and final, which MU is hosting Nov. 8 and 10.
BIG EAST Accolades: For the third consecutive week the Golden Eagles had three players honored in the BIG EAST Conference weekly awards. Senior Maegan Kelly was named the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman Ashley Handwork earned Rookie of the Week honors. Senior Emily Jacobson earned her third weekly honor in as many weeks with a spot on this week's honor roll.
Super Seniors: Marquette's senior class, Katie Hishmeh, Cara Jacobson, Emily Jacobson, Maegan Kelly, Vanessa Legault-Cordisco, Taylor Madigan, Kate Reigle and Ashley Stemmeler, are tied as the fourth-winningest senior class in all of Division I women's soccer, in a list compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com. The group has an overall record of 67-14-6 (.802) in their four years at MU. The eight have been part of four consecutive BIG EAST regular season titles, one conference tournament championship and three consecutive NCAA appearances, including two Sweet-16 berths.
Conference Leaders: Marquette owns an impressive 45-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles are 8-0 in the BIG EAST and clinched their fifth consecutive regular season title in their 6-0 victory over Providence. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at former-member West Virginia. Marquette has scored 46 goals this season, which is second among the conference and is averaging 2.56 goals per game.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. 14 different players have contributed to at least one of the 46 goals MU has scored this season. Senior Maegan Kelly has a team-high eight goals, after scoring twice against Providence, and is tied for third in the league. Junior Mary Luba has netted seven goals this season, which is fifth in the BIG EAST.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles are outshooting their opponents 340-149 this season, including a 165-59 shots on goal margin and lead the BIG EAST with 18.83 shots per contest. MU an impressive 14-1 record when outshooting its opponents and is 12-1 when scoring first. Marquette has not lost a game this season in which it was leading at halftime and holds a 10-0 record when this occurs.
Up Next: Marquette has clinched the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Championship. The Golden Eagles will play Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and will face the winner of the No. 4/5 seed game to be played Tuesday, Nov. 5.