The Marquette University women's soccer team heads to the East Coast for a noon Central time Sunday start against Providence at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island.
The match will be broadcast live on Friars All-Access, which can be viewed at Friars.com/watch.
The Golden Eagles (3-8-2, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) played to a scoreless draw with DePaul on Thursday evening in Milwaukee as junior goalkeeper Maddy Henry
made seven saves in her fourth clean sheet of the season. Marquette had a couple of late chances at the end of regulation and in overtime but hit a post and crossbar in its attempt at victory.
Marquette earned its first conference victory of the season on a 78th minute goal from freshman forward Alyssa Bombacino
against St. John's on Sept. 30 at Valley Fields. Bombacino's goal was her second of the week and third of the season after previously having scored in the win at Drake on Sept. 9 and at Villanova on Sept. 27.
Bombacino leads MU with six points this season on the strength of her three goals, while classmate Katrina Wetherell
has five points on a goal and three assists.
Providence (7-4-2, 1-2-1 BIG EAST) also played a scoreless match on Thursday at St. John's as goalkeeper Shelby Hogan earned her sixth shutout of the season. Meredith Reinhardt made six saves for the Red Storm while Providence's Hannah McNulty fired 10 of PC's 20 shots on the day.
The Friars defeated Villanova, 2-0, to open BIG EAST play, but lost its next two matches by a single goal against Xavier, 3-2 (2OT), and at Butler, 1-0. The Friars also competed in the same Duke Nike Classic as Marquette over Labor Day Weekend and suffered one-goal defeats to both No. 3 North Carolina and No. 12 Duke.
McNulty leads PC and sits second in the BIG EAST with eight goals through 13 matches, while Hogan has posted an .863 save percentage, also the league's second-best mark.
Marquette owns an 11-1-2 record against the Friars, which includes the first loss in program history to PC last season in Milwaukee. Amber Birchwell's 17th minute tally proved to be the difference in a 1-0 PC victory and snapped a scoreless stretch of 709:59 for the Friars against MU that dated back to 2010. All told, Marquette has posted a 32-3 scoring advantage over the duration of a series that dates to MU's entrance to the BIG EAST in 2005.
Following the match at Providence, the Golden Eagles will have a mid-week bye before heading to Xavier for a match on Sunday, Oct. 14.
BOMBACINO EARNS TOP FRESHMAN WEEKLY HONORS
• Alyssa Bombacino
earned her first BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week honors on Oct. 1 after scoring against both Villanova and St. John's. Bombacino helped the Golden Eagles to their first league win of the season on Sept. 30 against St. John's with the match winner in the 78th minute. The Naperville, Illinois native made her first career start against the Red Storm and fired a pair of shots in 78 minutes. She also scored at Villanova on Sept. 27 while playing 32 minutes in a 3-2 loss. She is the first Marquette student-athlete to earn league freshman of the week accolades since Kylie Sprecher
earned her second rookie of the week honor last season on Sept. 11.
FRESHMEN PRODUCE IN LOSS AT VILLANOVA
• Bombacino and Katrina Wetherell
scored Marquette's two goals in a 3-2 loss at Villanova on Sept. 27 and are two of five first-year players to see extended minutes this season. Wetherell's goal with just 25 seconds remaining was the first of her career and moved her into the team lead for points. She also provided her team-best third assist on Bombacino's goal in the 75th minute. Classmates Katie Koker
and Madison Burrier
have joined Wetherell, who has started every match, in the starting lineup recently, while Macey Shock
has played regularly as a reserve alongside Bombacino.