Marquette Set to Face DePaul in BIG EAST Semifinals Friday
Nov. 5, 2014
Game time is slated for 4 p.m. Central time. The match will be streamed live free of charge on the BIG EAST Digital Network by accessing Fox Sports GO. Friday's action will feature Ralph Bednardczyk handling the play-by-play duties while David Gass will serve as the color commentator. In addition, live stats will be provided via GameTracker at RedStormSports.com and live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Marquette scored a goal in each half, en route to a 2-0 victory over Providence in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinal this past Tuesday at Valley Fields. Sophomore forward Darian Powell opened up the scoring in the 17th minute when she knocked in her team-high seventh goal of the season. After Mary Luba played a cornerkick into the box, defender Haley Fritzlen corralled the ball and found Powell who scored from the far side. After taking a 1-0 lead into half time, Marquette struck again early on in the second stanza, when in the 47th minute Fritzlen this time found the back of the net herself. Again Marquette would utilize the cornerkick set up, when Jacie Jermier lofted the ball up to Fritlzen who headed it past the PC keeper.
The No.1 seed DePaul, who posted an unblemished 7-0 mark in BIG EAST Conference play, received a bye in the quarterfinal round. In DePaul's last action on Friday, Oct. 31, it defeated eventual No.3 seed St. John's, 3-0 at home, thus claiming its first BIG EAST regular season title in program history. Abby Reed added a pair of goals for DePaul while teammate Alex Ben collected a goal and an assist.
DePaul claimed a 3-2 overtime victory in the last meeting between the two squads on Oct. 19 in Milwaukee. Despite overcoming a 2-0 deficit and forcing overtime, Marquette was unable to fend off the Blue Demons on senior night. Darian Powell and Mary Luba each recorded scores in the hard fought loss to DePaul.
SERIES HISTORY: Marquette and DePaul have met 17 times in a series that dates back to 1996, with the Golden Eagles holding a 13-4 edge in those contests. MU defeated DePaul 2-0, in last year's BIG EAST Tournament Championship match in Milwaukee, winning its second-straight tournament title.
MU's HISTORY 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 12-7 in BIG EAST Tournament contests. In those ten seasons the Golden Eagles have advanced to the tournament semifinal eight times. Marquette has won back-to-back BIG EAST Championships and heads to New York looking 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 Jamaica, New York, as St. John's hosts for the first time in conference history. The BIG EAST Championship host has won the conference crown on their home field nine times in league history, including 2013 when Marquette won the title at Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wis. - a 2-0 decision over DePaul. After No. 4Marquette and No. 1 DePaul square off at 4 p.m. CT, No. 2 Georgetown and No. 3 St. John's will take the field at 6:30 p.m. Both semifinal games can be viewed on the BIG EAST Digital Network, while FOX Sports 1 will carry the title match on Sunday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m.
SPREADING THE WEALTH: 15 different Golden Eagles have recorded goals so far this season. Darian Powell paces the squad with seven goals while Mary Luba has added six scores. Jacie Jermier has notched four tallies, while Liz Bartels and Alex Heffron are just behind with three goals. Eli Beard and Ashley Handwork have each netted two, and Meegan Johnston, Haley Fritzlen, Mady Vicker, Heather Handwork, Caroline Fink, Shalese Miller, Erin Holland and Morgan Proffitt all have resgistered 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.
ROEDERS RULES: In his 19th season as the Marquette women's soccer head coach Markus Roeders has led the Golden Eagles to a record of 282-103-39. The Golden Eagles have posted winning season each of the last 18 seasons and have won no fewer than 11 games under Roeder's guidance. After leading his club to a victory over Providence in the BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals, Roeders has now led Marquette to at least 10 victories in all 19 of his seasons at the helm.
SUPER SENIORS: The 2014 Marquette seniors have compiled an impressive record of 64-18-5 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.
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 (145), are second in the league in points (56), goals (20) and goals per game (2.2). Its 16 assists and its 1.78 assists per match are the third-most in the BIG EAST.
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