Women's Soccer

Golden Eagles Continue Five-Game Road Trip at Villanova and No. 22 Georgetown

Sept. 30, 2010

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The Marquette women's soccer team continue its season-long five game BIG EAST road trip this weekend at BIG EAST National Division foes Villanova and No. 22 Georgetown. The Golden Eagles will play the Wildcats Friday, Oct. 1 at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT at Villanova Soccer Stadium and take the Hoyas Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT at North Keho Field. A live video stream (pay per view) and live stats will be available for both games on www.villanova.com and www.guhoyas.com, respectively.

"We definitely have a challenging weekend ahead. Both Villanova and Georgetown have had some good results against highly regarded opponents; and as always, playing on the road will be tough," said head coach Markus Roeders. "We are off to a great start in BIG EAST play but we can't rest on our laurels. Friday is the most important game on the schedule. We like how the team has responded playing on the road and we are getting better. If our best game is always the next one, we are tough to play against. Considering this is our first time at both schools, we are excited about the trip and also for Lisa Philbin's homecoming of sorts who lives near Villanova."

The Golden Eagles (6-3-2, 3-0-0 BIG?EAST), whom are off to their best start ever in BIG EAST play, opened their league slate with three consecutive 2-1 wins over USF, West Virginia and Pittsburgh. Marquette has outscored its opponents, 18-9, with 10 Golden Eagles contributing to MU's scoring arsenal. Rachael Sloan and Maegan Kelly lead the way with three goals apiece and one assist for seven points for the season. Defender Lauren Thut also has seven points with one goal and five assists. She scored her first goal of the season in the 2-1 win at Pittsburgh.

Marquette received 56 votes in this week's Hendrickscars.com/NSCAA Top 25 poll, just one slot removed from the Top 25. MU stands second behind Notre Dame in the Northeast Region rankings.

Marquette received 56 votes in this week's Hendrickscars.com/NSCAA Top 25 poll, just one slot removed from the Top 25. MU stands second behind Notre Dame in the Northeast Region rankings.

Villanova (6-5-0, 1-2-0 BIG EAST) is 4-1 in its last five games with wins over then-No. 16 Wake Forest in double overtime (3-2), Monmouth in overtime (2-1), Charlotte (1-0) and most recently Rutgers (1-0). It's lone loss in that stretch was at Seton Hall, 3-0, on Sept. 24.

Heidi Sabatura and Katie Ryan, an All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection, pace the Wildcats' offense with 16 points (5g, 6a) and 15 points (6g, 3a), respectively. Jami Kranich and Kelsey Quinn have shared time in goal and have a combined goals against average of 1.78.

"Villanova isn't deep in numbers but they know how to win, and they recently beat Rutgers and Wake Forest. Ryan and Sabatura are among the most dangerous strikers in the league. We will need to contain them but they are not a two-man show," said Roeders.

Marquette's trip to Villanova will mark the first time the Golden Eagles have played on the Wildcats' home turf. The Golden Eagles lead the series, 3-0, with each of the three previous meetings have been at Marquette and two of those being in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament.

Georgetown (8-3-0, 2-1-0 BIG EAST) started its season with seven straight wins before dropping three of its last four matches. In it's last time out, the Hoyas shutout Seton Hall, 2-0. The Hoyas are 5-0 at home this season and will host USF Friday before its match with Marquette on Sunday.

Georgetown, who leads the league in overall goals scored with 29, boasts four players who have registered 10 or more points led by All-BIG EAST Preseason selection Ingrid Wells with 17 points on five goals and seven assists. Camille Trujillo, Kelly D'Ambrisi and Samantha Baker follow with 14, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Golden Eagles match with the Hoyas will mark the second time the two teams have met. Georgetown defeated Marquette at Valley Fields, 3-1, during the 2007 season.

"Georgetown is having a great season and they know how to score in bunches. They are deep, talented and have several difference-makers in their line-up. Once we move past Friday, we can focus on them and how to get a result," said Roeders.
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