No. 15/10 Marquette Meet No. 13/18 Georgetown In BIG EAST Championship Final
Nov. 3, 2012
HARTFORD, Conn. - For the second time in program history, the Marquette women's soccer team (15-2-2) has advanced to the BIG EAST Championship final. MU will face Georgetown (15-2-3) on Sunday at Rentschler Field. Kick-off is set for Noon ET.
The Golden Eagles defeated Notre Dame on Friday in the semifinal round after senior Ally Miller scored a goal in the 72nd minute of play. The game was deadlocked at 0-0 until then. Miller's goal proved to be the game winner as MU defeated the Irish, 1-0. It was Miller's fifth goal of the season, a career high, and the first time that Marquette has been victorious over Notre Dame in postseason play.
Georgetown advanced to the final on Friday after tying with USF, 1-1, but advancing 5-4 in penalty kicks after the squads remained even after two overtime periods. After trailing much of the game, BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year Daphne Corboz scored a goal with seven minutes remaining in regulation to tie 1-1 with USF. This will be Georgetown's first appearance in the championship final.
The match will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network with Eric Frede on play-by-play and Shep Messing providing color commentary.
Series History: Sunday marks just the third time that Marquette will meet Georgetown and the first time in postseason play. Each team has one win in the series, which came on the road. The Golden Eagles last met GU on Oct. 3, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
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.
Winning Ways: The senior class, Ally Miller, Lisa Philbin, Megan Jaskowiak, Rachel Brown, Rachael Sloan and Sam Vicker own a 64-16-8 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 14 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 13-0-1 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 (0.63) scored per game this season, which ranks second just behind Georgetown in the BIG EAST. Opponents are taking just 7.2 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 0.48 goals against average. In her first season Engel has compiled a 11-0-1 record.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles have dominated possession of the ball in recent outings. For the season, MU has taken 370 shots and is averaging 19.5 shots per game. The Golden Eagles lead the conference in shots and rank fourth in the nation scoring 2.74 goals per game. When outshooting opponents, MU is 15-0-2.
Helping Handouts: The Golden Eagles are among the best in the BIG EAST in giving out assists with 2.68 each game. In 19 games this season MU has totaled 51 assists. Individually, junior Maegan Kelly leads the league with 12 and ranks fifth in the NCAA, dishing out 0.63 per contest. In 52 total goals for the Golden Eagles this season, just one came unassisted; an own goal by Connecticut in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Championship.