Sept. 10, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's soccer team will take on its third ranked opponent this season on Sunday evening when the squad treks down the shores of Lake Michigan to take on No. 24 Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois.
The match against the Wildcats (6-0) will take place at Lakeside Field at 5 p.m. on Sunday in a contest broadcast live through Studio N Live on NUSports.com.
The Golden Eagles (2-3-2) own a 6-2-2 edge in the all-time series against NU, but dropped the last meeting 1-0 at Valley Fields on Aug. 24, 2014.
Following Sunday's matchup, MU will return to Milwaukee to host the Marquette Invitational on Sept. 16-18 at Valley Fields. Marquette will take on Cal Poly on Friday evening before squaring off against Cal State University-Northridge on Sunday afternoon.
MARQUETTE'S LAST TIME OUT:
- The Golden Eagles picked up a 1-1 draw against long-time adversary Milwaukee on Friday evening at Valley Fields after Molly Pfeiffer's late equalizer in the 89th minute. Marquette out-shot the Panthers 18-8, but could only break through on one of their eight shots in the final 45 minutes of regulation. MU also posted all three shots in the final overtime stanza as the two squads tied for the second straight meeting. Darian Powell made her first start of the season at forward, while Leah Celarek started at right back for the injured Cali Pyzdrowski.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS:
- No. 24 Northwestern (6-0) secured its fifth shutout of the season by defeating Illinois State 1-0 on Thursday evening as Nikia Smith notched the Wildcats winning goal with an assist from Kayla Sharples. Goalkeeper Lauren Clem extended her program-best total with her 27th career shutout over the Redbirds after previously setting the NU record two matches prior. The Wildcats more than tripled ISU's shots on goal with 25 total to match Illinois State's seven, with Clem adding four saves to her record breaking stretch. With Northwestern's Michelle Manning, Kassidy Gorman and Lauren Clem being named to the Big Ten Women's Preseason Honors List, the Wildcats were ranked at No. 7 in their conference in the preseason.
HESS EARNS ACCLAIM EARLY IN YOUNG CAREER
- Freshman Emily Hess was recognized for her play against Illinois State and Michigan with honors from both the BIG EAST Conference and TopDrawerSoccer. After notching three points and drawing a penalty kick that led to another goal in the two matches, Hess was named the BIG EAST's top freshman over the last week and was also named as a defender on TopDrawerSoccer's Team of the Week.
- Hess played well enough in her 54 minutes of action during her collegiate debut at Kansas to earn herself a starting assignment at Illinois State and did not disappoint. The Batavia, Illinois native scored the game's first goal in the fifth minute off a corner kick and looked to push the action up field offensively in her role as MU's left back. Hess, who played for Eclipse Select SC, is one of two freshman to see the pitch for Marquette this season along with starting keeper Maddy Henry.
POWELL SPARKS THE MU OFFENSE
- Forward Darian Powell led Marquette in both 2014 and 2015 with seven goals in each of her first two seasons of action after sitting out both 2012 and 2013 with injuries. The La Porte City, Iowa native scored four of her seven goals in Marquette's final three regular season matches last season as MU defeated Villanova and Butler before falling at DePaul in overtime. Powell, who is working her way back from an offseason injury, made her 2016 debut by playing 11 minutes at Kansas on Aug. 21 and tallied her first goal of the year, the match winner, in a 2-1 victory at Illinois State on Aug. 25.
PROFFITT RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION'S ELITE
- Senior Morgan Proffitt has continued to rake in accolades following an All-BIG EAST First Team campaign as a junior, placing her among the top players in NCAA Division I. The Columbus, Indiana native began the summer with an invitation to U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 training camp in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended up making the 20-person squad for a tournament featuring Nordic countries in England during June. After a gold medal performance with the U.S. U-23 WNT, Proffitt was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy and selected as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Proffitt, the third MU player to ever be named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, has started 65-of-67 matches in her career and has recorded six goals, including three game winners.
- The senior recorded goals this season to help the Golden Eagles defeat Michigan and record a draw at No. 22 Santa Clara. She has been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll each of the last two weeks.
LIVE COVERAGE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN 2016
- Outside of the Aug. 19 season opener at Nebraska, every match in 2016 will feature a live video broadcast, including eight of nine conference matches on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go. The remainder of the home schedule will be streamed live through GoMarquette.com's All-Access player, while road non-conference contests will feature a video broadcast from the host institution. In addition to accessing FOX Sports Go online and through the iOS and Android applications, fans can now download FOX Sports Go to Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV. The BIG EAST home opener against Seton Hall on Sept. 29 will be broadcast live locally on TWC SportsChannel WI (Channel 32/1332 HD in eastern Wisconsin).
GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
- Twenty-five women on last year's 35-member team earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year and were honored on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. That group includes three student-athletes who carried 4.0s through both semesters in redshirt freshman Courtney Dugan and juniors Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer.
HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES
- Freshman Maddy Henry is set to join an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.
- Henry made one save in her collegiate debut at Nebraska on Aug. 19 in her home state and recorded four saves at Kansas on Aug. 21 in her second game. She picked up her first win while making three saves at Illinois State on Aug. 25 and made five in her first home victory over Michigan.
MARQUETTE GOAL SCORERS VARIED IN 2015
- The Golden Eagles return 92.9 percent (26 of 28 goals) of their goal scoring production from last season but finding consistent production was an issue at times late in the year. The Marquette offense was able to generate more than one goal on just two occasions in BIG EAST play after trouncing Creighton 5-1 in the league lid-lifter on Sept. 27. Head coach Markus Roeders hopes that the depth of MU's attacking midfielders and forwards will allow the offense to take a step forward in 2016. All-BIG EAST First Team selection Jacie Jermier is the lone goal scorer having departed the program, while Darian Powell, Marquette's leading goal scorer in each of the last two campaigns, is one of 10 returning scorers from last season. In addition to Powell's seven tallies, Liz Bartels, Molly Pfeiffer, Ashley Handwork and Morgan Proffitt each posted three goals in 2015.
GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS SINCE 2005
- Since entering the BIG?EAST?Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference's elite women's soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 160-61-31 since that time and a mark of 84-20-10 in league action, which includes five regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA?tournament just three times since its addition to the league,?went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG?EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.
MU PEGGED THIRD; BARTELS AND PROFFITT ON ALL-BIG EAST PRESEASON SQUAD
- Senior Morgan Proffitt was selected as the BIG EAST Conference's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and the women's soccer team was picked to finish third, a survey of the league's head coaches revealed. Proffitt was joined on the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team by classmate Liz Bartels.
- Proffitt was a NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection in 2015 after earning All-BIG EAST First Team honors on defense and was as a second team all-conference selection in 2014. The defender scored three goals as a junior and earned BIG EAST weekly recognition on three occasions, including a pair of defensive player of the week honors. She is the first MU player to be named BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year since Ally Miller in 2012.
- Bartels earned All-BIG EAST Second Team honors as a junior in 2015 after recording three goals, including a pair of match winners, and four assists. She played mostly in the midfield last season, but spent much of 2014 up front on her way to All-BIG EAST First Team recognition as a sophomore.
GOLDEN EAGLES WELCOME SEVEN NEWCOMERS IN 2015
- Marquette's roster boasts seven new players this fall who hail from Nebraska and four Midwestern states, including Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Ohio. The group contains a goalkeeper, Maddy Henry, three primary defenders, Mary Kate Simon, Emily Hess and Maura Weaver, as well as three midfielders/forwards in Erin Johnston, Abby Hess and Josie Fowler.
- Roeders on their signing: "It is a great blend of players with Maddy Henry being one of the top goalkeepers coming out of high school. She will be a freshman but her demeanor, skill-set and poise playing the position is beyond a player arriving at the college level. Maura Weaver, Emily Hess and Mary Kate Simon each provide a defensive presence, winning personalities, high energy levels and toughness, in addition to their willingness to get involved in the attack. Erin Johnston is a crafty and versatile midfielder who has been around our program the longest as the younger sister to rising senior Meegan Johnston. Despite her size, Josie Fowler brings a level of skill, creativity and attacking flair that is hard to stop. Abby Hess brings athleticism, speed and a goal scoring mentality that is truly unique and should flourish at our level."
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER
- A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette's soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29, 2015 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU?soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.