No. 4 Marquette Hosts No. 5 Providence in BIG EAST Quarterfinals

Sophomore Morgan Proffitt
Nov. 3, 2014

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The No. 4-seed Marquette Golden Eagles (9-8-2, 5-3-1) begin their quest to defend their BIG EAST Tournament title when they host No. 5 Providence (9-7-2, 5-4-0) in the opening round of the BIG EAST Tournament, Tuesday Nov. 4th at Valley Fields. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. Central time. The match will be streamed live free of charge on the BIG EAST Digital Network by accessing Fox Sports GO. Tuesday night's action will feature Patrick Reed on the play-by-play while Matt Schroeder will handle the color commentary. In addition, live stats will be provided via GameTracker at GoMarquette.com and live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.

The Last Meeting
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October 25, 2014
Providence, R.I.
Marquette Blanks Providence, 4-0
The Marquette University women's soccer team got back on track on Saturday evening and blanked the Providence Friars, 4-0, at the Ray Treacy Track and Field Complex.

Marquette fell in its final regular season contest, 2-1, to the Butler Bulldogs last Friday in Indianapolis. Despite outshooting their opponent, the Golden Eagles were unable to claim a winning result in their season finale. Butler held a 1-0 edge at the half, and added its second score early in the second, to grab a 2-0 lead. MU responded quickly when senior Mary Luba added a penalty kick score in the 58th minute. The Golden Eagles remained on the offensive for the remainder of the match, bombarding the Butler defensive unit with a plethora of scoring chances, but ultimately could not break through. Luba's sixth goal of the season tied her with teammate Darian Powell for the team lead.

In Providence's last time out on the pitch, it knocked off the Villanova Wildcats 2-1 in overtime to clinch the No. 5 seed, and an eventual date with Marquette in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament. After Villanova scored the equalizing goal midway through the second half and the match was sent it to overtime, the Friars' struck in the first minute of overtime to record their ninth victory of the season. Junior Allison Mills headed in the game-winning goal after freshman Rachel Morrier fed her with a cornerkick. With its victory over Villanova, Providence claimed its first winning season in BIG EAST play since it began in 1995.

Marquette and Providence squared off just 11 days ago, with the Golden Eagles claiming a 4-0 road victory. MU exploded for four goals in the first half, which tied a season high. Senior Alex Heffron was the star of the match after she netted a career-high two goals. Heather Handwork and Darian Powell also added scores for the Golden Eagles. With her tally, Powell scored in her third-straight match.

SERIES HISTORY: Marquette holds a 8-0-2 edge over Providence in a series that dates back to Marquette's inaugural BIG EAST campaign in 2005. The Golden Eagles have registered victories against the Friars in four-consecutive matchups by a combined score of 18-0.

MU IN THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: Marquette has qualified for the BIG EAST Tournament in all ten of its seasons as a member of the league, going 11-7 in BIG EAST Tournament contests. In those ten seasons, the Golden Eagles have advanced to the tournament semifinal seven times. Marquette has won back-to-back BIG EAST Tournaments and looks to defend its title this season.

SCANNING THE BIG EAST: The 2014 BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship will be played on the campus of St. John's in Queens, N.Y. No. 1 DePaul and No. 2 Georgetown have earned a first round bye and have already qualified for the semifinals in New York as they await the verdicts in the pair of first round matches. The first round contests take place at St. John's and Marquette, as the schools are designated hosts as the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, St. John's hosts the No. 6-seeded Villanova Wildcats for a 6 p.m. Central time tilt and Marquette hosts Providence at 7 p.m. CT. If Marquette is able to knock off Providence in its first round matchup the Golden Eagles will head to New York for a date with the DePaul Blue Demons. DePaul, fresh off its first BIG EAST regular-season title in program history, defeated MU, 3-2 on Oct. 19th. Semifinal contests are slated for Nov. 7 at 4 and 6:30 p.m. (CT), with the final on Nov. 9 at 2 p.m. First round and semifinal games can be viewed on the BIG EAST Digital Network, while FOX Sports 1 will carry the title match.

SPREADING THE WEALTH: 15 different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season, with Mary Luba and Darian Powell pacing the squad with six 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 an 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, are second in the league in points, goals, goals per game and rank third in assists and assists per match.

WELCOME TO THE VALLEY: Marquette has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 54-8-5 record throughout the past four plus seasons for a true home-field advantage.

SUPER SENIORS: The 2014 Marquette seniors have compiled an impressive record of 63-18-5 while donning the Blue and Gold. As of Oct. 25th, his year's seniors have the 8th most wins in all of Division I women's soccer according CollegeSoccer360.com.
 

 

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