Women's Soccer

Marquette and UW-Milwaukee to Meet for the 19th Time Wednesday

Sept. 7, 2010


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The Marquette University women's soccer team returns home this week to host UW-Milwaukee Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Valley Fields at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Sports32 with Matt Menzel and Matt Schroeder on the call. The game can also be heard online courtesy of WMUR.

"Wednesday will be another special night and should add to the history of our matches with UW-Milwaukee," said head coach Markus Roeders. "The games have always been exciting and fans shouldn't expect anything less this year. Both teams know each other extremely well and there aren't many secrets. Players will need to execute and our team has to build on our play. Based on how we have improved from match to match, it will be good to get back to Valley Fields and play at home. There was an excitable crowd on hand for the men's match, (Milwaukee at Marquette) the other night, and it would be great if all those fans come out again on Wednesday. We know they won't want to miss the entertainment of the women playing each other."

Following the game, the Golden Eagles will head to Provo, Utah to play No. 11/10 BYU Saturday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. CT.

Marquette (3-2-1) enters the match with UWM following a 1-0 win over UC Santa Barbara Sunday at the Minnesota Gold Classic. Rachael Sloan leads Marquette with three goals, while Lisa Philbin and Maegan Kelly each have contributed two goals apiece. Marquette's defense has been exceptional, allowing just three goals in six games, while also holding the opposition to register 41 shots this season. Defenders Kerry McBride and Katie Hishmeh were recognized for their strong defensive effort at the Minnesota Gold Classic and were named to the all-tournament team. In goal, Natalie Kulla has played every minute of every match this season, owns three shutouts and a 0.47 goals against average.

"Our back line, including Natalie, has done an outstanding job and they need to be a tight group throughout. With our options in midfield and up front, we are unpredictable and can throw many different variations of attackers forward. Considering these games are built on momentum and executing at the right time, we have to finish well. It is something we keep working on everyday," said Roeders.

The Golden Eagles continues to receive votes in the in National Soccer Coaches Association of America Poll, and rank No. 5 in the Northeast Region.

The Panthers (2-2-1) are coming off a 3-2 win over Michigan State in their last time out. Sarah Hagen leads UWM with two goals and two assists. Leslie Deebach has spent the majority of time in net logging 380 minutes and owns a 1.42 goals against average.

"Milwaukee has some special players and Sarah Hagen is a true difference maker. She is difficult to guard and has to be watched closely for 90 minutes. But, they are not a one-dimensional team. It has to be a total team effort on Wednesday or we won't get the desired result," said Roeders.

The Panthers are currently receiving votes in the NSCAA Poll, and ranked No. 2 in the Great Lakes Region.

The Golden Eagles are 6-7-5 all-time against UWM, 4-4-1 when those games are played at Valley Fields. Marquette came away victorious in the two teams' last meeting on Sept. 3, 2009 (2-0) at Engelmann Field. Six of the 18 meetings needed extra periods to decide the game, while nine games have been decided by one goal.

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