Aug. 22, 2010
MILWAUKEE - Markus Roeders says that the teamÂ¹s best defense is scoring goals, and with senior Ashley Bares and juniors Lindsey Page and Rachael Sloan returning to lead MUÂ¹s attack, the Golden Eagles should have few problems finding the back of the net. These three ladies possess a tireless work ethic and urgency to win which will prove difficult to defend.
Playing with one of the top W-League teams in the nation, the Chicago Red Eleven, during the summer, Sloan, Bares and Page were instrumental in the Red ElevenÂ¹s second-place finish in the Midwest Division and will bring that experience to the field in 2010.
After only scoring one goal in 2009, Bares returned to her vintage goal-scoring self during the spring season contributing a team-best five goals. She continued her barrage while playing with the Red Eleven where she scored three goals and added one assist.
Throughout her career Bares has come in clutch with nine game-winning goals, which ranks tied for third on MUÂ¹s all-time list. This year looks to be no different, as Bares wants to finish her Marquette career on a high note.
Sloan, MUÂ¹s first-ever All-BIG EAST First Team honoree, led the squad last season with seven goals, five of which were game winners, and five assists. She will continue to send defenses into a frenzy with her speed, physical play and a powerful shot.
Along with playing for the Red Eleven, Sloan also benefits from the experience she had training with the U.S. U23 WomenÂ¹s National Team in June.
Page also had a breakout season in 2009 as a spark off the bench scoring two goals and adding one assist. Using her speed and fearless attacking style, Page will be an integral member of MUÂ¹s offense once again this season.