Marquette faces Wisconsin in NCAA First Round
Nov. 7, 2016
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s soccer team will make its 13th appearance in the NCAA Division I Women’s Soccer Championship and face Wisconsin in the first round in Madison, Wisconsin on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.
The 2016 NCAA Championship features the top-64 Division I teams. The format begins with 32 first-round sites, with one match being played the first weekend at each site. The second- and third-round games will take place at eight different home sites on Nov. 18-20.
Marquette earns an at-large bid into this year’s NCAA Division I Championship after winning the BIG EAST regular season title and finishing as runner-up in the conference tournament against No. 7 Georgetown.
The Golden Eagles, who have received bids in 1999-02, 2005, 2008-13, and 2016, will compete in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in program history. Marquette holds a NCAA tournament record of 9-9-4 and is 7-4-1 in first round games. The team has advanced to the second round six times and has reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005, 2010, and 2012.
Wisconsin has reached the NCAA tournament, where it is 14-17-2, for the 19th time in program history. In their last outing, the Badgers fell to Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten tournament on penalty kicks. Wisconsin is led offensively by senior midfielders Rose Lavelle (five goals, four assists) and Micaela Powers (four goals, six assists) who each have 14 points this season.
Marquette is 5-6-2 all-time against the Badgers and is 1-1-1 against them in the NCAA tournament. All three NCAA Championship contests have come at Valley Fields, where MU has advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2014 on penalty kicks and topped UW, 1-0, in 2005 in the first round. Marquette dropped the first NCAA meeting, 3-2, to Wisconsin in 2002.
The 2016 College Cup will be held Dec. 2-4 in San Jose, California.
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