Aug. 18, 2010
MILWAUKEE - In anticipation of the 2010 Marquette women's soccer season, GoMarquette.com will breakdown the team position by position starting today. The first position previewed will be the goalkeepers followed by the defenders on Thursday and the midfield and forwards on Friday.
The Golden Eagles open their season Friday, Aug. 20 against Idaho State at Valley Fields at 7:30 p.m.
The Marquette women's soccer team prepares to write another chapter in its already long and decorated postseason book in 2010 and earn its ninth berth in the NCAA Tournament.
After a banner year in which the Golden Eagles claimed their first ever BIG EAST American Division title, Marquette stormed through the spring season outscoring its foes 18-5 and now is eager to get back on the field to continue the winning tradition this fall.
The Golden Eagles return 22 letterwinners, including all four All-BIG EAST selections in Rachael Sloan (First Team All-BIG EAST), Natalie Kulla (Second Team All-BIG EAST), Rosie Malone-Povolny (Third Team All-BIG EAST) and Ally Miller (All-BIG EAST Rookie Team) that won the Division title in 2009, advanced to the BIG EAST Championship title game and made their eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. Recently, Marquette was selected by the league's coaches to repeat as American Division champions, an honor that drives the team to live up to and exceed the expectations.
The Golden Eagles will look to find the necessary balance between the upperclassmen and the underclassmen as 20 underclassmen and 11 upperclassmen make up the squad. Marquette will rely on the veteran leadership of its senior class of Julia Victor, Lauren Thut, Kristi Laurenzi, Stephanie Vasos, Lauren Acree, Ashley Bares and Malone-Povolny, to make another run at the regular season title in the NCAA Tournament.
The Golden Eagles bring a plethora of new talent in 2010, in eight highly-touted freshmen: Sofie Schunk, Maegan Kelly, Cara and Emily Jacobson, Kate Reigle, Taylor Madigan, Emily Janecek and Julia Loyd and one transfer, Megan Jaskowia. Roeders believes that if they play to their capabilities, they will challenge for playing time. These nine have won regional and national youth soccer titles, and boast Olympic Development Program experience.
With talent and depth at all positions and a winning mentality, the 2010 campaign appears to be another successful season for the Marquette women's soccer team.
In goal, two-year veteran starter Natalie Kulla returns following a productive spring and summer with the U.S. U23 National Team. Kulla, the 2010 BIG EAST Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades in 2009 following a terrific sophomore season. Kulla played every second of every match in 2009, registered a school-record 16 shutouts, including a league-best 13 in the regular season, and a goals against average of 0.50, also a school record. Notably, she did not allow a goal in over 738 minutes, a program record for longest interval between goals allowed.
Roeders expects to her to continue to raise the bar in 2009 and knows that she wants to live up to the expectations of being named the league's preseason goalkeeper of the year.
Helping Kulla to reach a new level in 2010 will be freshmen Julia Loyd and Sofie Schunk.
Schunk, of Albuquerque, N.M., was one of the state's premier keepers as a two-time all-state selection and was an ESPN RISE girls soccer team honoree in 2010.
Loyd, a native of Ednia, Minn., was integral to helping her high school team to win two Section II Championships in 2006 and 2009. Loyd was a member of the Florida State ODP Team in 2006, and part of the Minnesota State Pool from 2008-2009.