13/6 Marquette Set to Meet DePaul in BIG EAST Title Game
Nov. 9, 2013
MILWAUKEE--For the third time in program history, the Marquette women's soccer team will play in the BIG EAST Championship final. The No. 13/6 Golden Eagles (17-3-0) will meet No. 3 seed DePaul Sunday, Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. CT at Valley Fields. The game will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 1.
MU defeated No. 4 seed St. John's Friday in a 2-0 shutout. Junior Mary Luba and senior Maegan Kelly scored goals for the Golden Eagles, while sophomore goalkeeper Amanda Engel recorded her 10th clean sheet of the season. MU is defending its BIG EAST Championship title from a year ago.
DePaul (13-4-2) has reached the title game with a 1-0 shutout over Georgetown in the semifinals. Senior Erin Pekovitch is credited with the game-winning goal in the second half of play. The Blue Demons goalkeeper, Alex Godinez recorded her ninth shutout this season.
Livestats via GameTracker will be available on GoMarquette.com. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: This is the 16th all-time meeting between Marquette and DePaul and the Golden Eagles own a 12-3 record in the series. In regular season play, MU shutout the Blue Demons, 1-0 in Chicago.
Welcome to the Valley: Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 46-3-5 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 20 matches. The lone tie came Sept. 3, 2012 in a 0-0 draw with Central Michigan.
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 12-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 fifth-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 69-14-6 (.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 10 goals, after scoring four times in three games, and is tied for second in the league. Junior Mary Luba has netted seven goals this season, which is tied for fifth in the BIG EAST.