13/6 Marquette Faces St. John's in BIG EAST Semifinals
Nov. 6, 2013
MILWAUKEE--For the seventh time since joining the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, the Marquette women's soccer team has advanced to the semifinals of the conference championship.
In this year's new-look BIG EAST, the Golden Eagles reached the semifinals with a first round bye and are the league's No. 1 seed with a 9-0-0 overall conference record. No. 13/6 Marquette will face No. 4 seed St. John's on Friday, Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Fields.
The Golden Eagles defeated Butler, 2-1, in the final regular season game to finish the season undefeated in conference play. MU won its fifth straight regular season conference title.
St. John's advanced to the conference's final four after defeating Butler, 3-2, in the quarterfinal round. Rachel Daly scored two goals, while Miranda Haraughty posted one goal in the victory.
Live video of the game is available on GoMarquette.com, as well as livestats via GameTracker. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Marquette has never lost to St. John's and owns a 9-0 record in the all-time series. The Golden Eagles defeated the Red Storm, 3-1 in regular season action at Valley Fields earlier this year. Freshman Liz Bartels scored the game-winner, while senior Maegan Kelly and junior Mary Luba also recorded goals in the game.
Welcome to the Valley: Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 45-3-5 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 quarterfinal contest- a streak of 19 matches.
BIG EAST Accolades: Freshman Ashley Handwork has been named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second consecutive week, while senior Emily Jacobson earned her fourth straight league accolade. Handwork posted the game-winning goal in MU's 2-1 victory over Butler, Nov. 2, which concluded regular season play.
Weekly Rankings:With an 11-game winning streak under their belts, the Golden Eagles are ranked in the Top 25 in all major national polls. In the NCAA RPI MU is No. 3 and ranks No. 13 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll. Soccer America has ranked MU at No. 6, while TopDrawerSoccer.com and CollegeSportsMadness.com have MU ranked No. 18 and No. 11, respectively.
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 active senior class in all of NCAA Division I women's soccer, in a list compiled by CollegeSoccer360.com. The group has an overall record of 68-14-6 (.807) 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.
Five In A Row: Marquette owns an impressive 46-3-3 record in league play dating back to the 2009 season. The Golden Eagles went undefeated 9-0, in conference play this season and claimed their fifth consecutive BIG EAST regular season championship. MU has not lost a conference game since Sept. 18, 2011 at West Virginia.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. Fourteen different players have contributed to at least one of the 48 goals MU has scored in 2013. Senior Maegan Kelly has a team-high nine goals, after scoring three times in two games, and is third in the league. Junior Mary Luba has netted seven goals this season, which is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST.
Hot Shooting: The Golden Eagles are outshooting their opponents 362-153 this season, including a 172-61 shots on goal margin, and lead the BIG EAST with 19.00 shots per contest. MU has an impressive 15-1 record when outshooting its opponents and is 13-1 when scoring first. Marquette has not lost a game this season in which it was leading at halftime and holds a 11-0 record when this occurs.
Just Score Goals: MU is hard to beat when scoring more than two goals in a game and owns a stellar 12-1 record this season when two or more goals are scored. The lone loss was a 3-2 defeat at Illinois State. The Golden Eagles are second in the league to just Georgetown, with 48 total goals, an average of 2.53 per contest, and rank 12th in the NCAA.
Helping Handouts: Marquette is among the best in the BIG EAST in assists, handing out 2.05 per game, which is second in the conference and 29th nationally. In 19 games this season, the Golden Eagles have dished out 39 assists on 48 total goals. Individually, senior Maegan Kelly had tallied a team-high seven assists, while classmate Taylor Madigan has given out six assists. The duo ranks tied for fifth, and tenth, respectively, in the conference. MU has had 15 different players contribute with an assist during the 2013 season.