No. 8/6 Marquette Hosts Western Michigan Friday
Nov. 14, 2013
MILWAUKEE--For the sixth consecutive season and 12th time in program history, the Marquette women's soccer team (18-3-0) has earned a berth into the NCAA Championship. The No. 8/6 Golden Eagles will host Western Michigan (11-5-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. CT at Valley Fields.
MU has earned a No. 2 seed in the tournament and would host second and third rounds at Valley Fields should it advance past the Broncos. Marquette earned the BIG EAST's automatic bid to the tournament after winning the conference championship for the second straight year. The Golden Eagles defeated DePaul, 2-0, in the title game with goals from senior Taylor Madigan and sophomore Ann Marie Lynch.
Western Michigan reaches the NCAA College Cup for the second time in program history and earned the automatic bid from the Mid-American Conference. The Broncos defeated Ball State, 1-0, in the title game. WMU is 1-1 in tournament games after advancing to the second round in 2003.
Livestats via GameTracker will be available on GoMarquette.com, and the match will be streamed live on GoMarquette.com All-Access. Live updates will also be available by following MU women's soccer on Twitter- @MUwomenssoccer.
Series History: Friday evening is just the third meeting between MU and Western Michigan and the Golden Eagles own a 2-0 record in the series. The most recent outing was Aug. 19, 2010 with a 1-0 victory at Valley Fields.
The Big Dance: Marquette is set to play in its 12th NCAA tournament in program history. The Golden Eagles received bids in 1999-2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, and 2008-2013. It is their six straight appearance in the NCAA Championship. MU is 9-8-4 all-time in the tournament and 7-3-1 in first round games. MU has reached the Sweet 16, third round of play three times, 2005, 2010 and 2012, but has never advanced further. Last season the Golden Eagles' season ended on penalty kicks after a 0-0 2OT draw at BYU.
Unbeatable Golden Eagles: Marquette heads into Friday's game with a 13-game winning streak. The Golden Eagles have not lost since a 3-2 decision at Illinois State, Sept. 15.
Welcome to the Valley: Through the years MU has been tough to beat on its home pitch and owns a 47-3-5 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 21 matches. The lone tie came Sept. 3, 2012 in a 0-0 draw with Central Michigan.
BIG EAST Accolades: The Golden Eagles had eight players recognized to all-conference teams before the BIG EAST tournament last week. Seniors Emily Jacobson, Maegan Kelly and Taylor Madigan earned first team honors, while juniors Mady Vicker and Mary Luba, and sophomore Amanda Engel earned second team accolades. Seniors Cara Jacobson and Katie Hishmeh were selected to the third team All-BIG EAST. Marquette's coaching staff, Markus Roeders, Frank Pelaez and Ashley Bares were selected as the Coaching Staff of the Year.
Weekly Rankings: With a 13-game winning streak under their belts, and a conference championship title, the Golden Eagles are ranked in the Top 25 in all major national polls. Marquette is ranked No. 8 in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and sits at No. 6 in the Soccer America Poll. TopDrawerSoccer.com and CollegeSportsMadness.com list MU at No. 11 and No. 7, respectively.
Everyone Contributes: Marquette has multiple options to look at for scoring this season. Fifteen different players have contributed to at least one of the 52 goals MU has scored in 2013. Senior Maegan Kelly has a team-high 10 goals, after scoring four times in five games, and is tied for second in the league. Junior Mary Luba has netted eight goals this season, which is tied for fourth in the BIG EAST.