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Marquette women's soccer hosts St. John’s on Sunday

The Golden Eagles are in search of their first BIG EAST Conference win of 2018

9/28/2018 11:47:00 AM

By: Communications

MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women's soccer team returns to Milwaukee to host St. John's on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields. Patrick Reed will handle the call on the BIG EAST Digital Network through FOX Sports Go with Jenny Fischer handling sideline duties.

Sunday's match at Valley Fields will also feature Marquette's second annual petting zoo at the east end of the Valley Fields bleachers past the concession stand.

The Golden Eagles (2-8-1, 0-2 BIG EAST) fell at Villanova on Thursday afternoon, despite goals from freshmen Alyssa Bombacino and Katrina Wetherell. The Wildcats built a 3-0 lead through 73 minutes and held on for a 3-2 victory after goals from Bombacino in the 75th minute and Wetherell in the final minute of play. The loss was just the second all-time for Marquette against Villanova after MU began the series with eight straight victories.

Wetherell now leads the Golden Eagles on the year with five points on a goal and three assists, while Bombacino is tied with redshirt Carrie Madden for the team lead with two goals.

St. John's (5-6, 0-2 BIG EAST), which defeated Creighton, 2-1, on Thursday before heading to Milwaukee, began BIG EAST play with a 3-0 loss to Georgetown on Sept. 23. The Red Storm had lost three of its last four matches prior to the win over the Bluejays and is led in scoring by Zsani Kajan, who also tops the BIG EAST in goals (seven) and points (16).

St. John's also boasts seniors Lucy Whipp, Samie Scaffidi and Christina Bellero, who each have eight points this season.

Marquette is 13-1-1 all-time against the Red Storm in a series that began when MU entered the BIG EAST for the 2005 campaign. The Golden Eagles have won each of the last three matchups after a 3-0 victory by SJU in Queens in 2015.

FRESHMEN PRODUCE IN LOSS AT VILLANOVA
• Freshmen Alyssa 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.

JAEGER LEADS MU IN MINUTES, SCORES MILWAUKEE WINNER
• Redshirt junior center back Bri Jaeger has played big minutes for the Golden Eagles this season, leading the team with 993 played through the first 11 matches. While seniors Allison Jacobson and Ryley Bugay have split time next to her at center back, Jaeger has started every contest after starting 14 of 17 matches in 2017. Jaeger also chipped in offensively against Milwaukee on Sept. 17 with the winning tally on a header from freshman Katrina Wetherell in the 73rd minute. The goal was the second of the Cedarburg, Wisconsin native's career and came a little over a year after her only other career marker on Sept. 10, 2017 at Rhode Island.

MARQUETTE DOWNS MILWAUKEE FOR SERIES LEAD
• Marquette snapped Milwaukee's 27-match unbeaten streak on Monday, Sept. 17 with a 1-0 victory at Valley Fields in the 27th all-time meeting between the two squads. With the victory, MU moves to 10-9-8 in series history against the Panthers, which includes matchups in all 26 regular seasons of Marquette women's soccer as well as the 2005 NCAA tournament. Marquette claimed that lone NCAA tournament matchup, 1-0, in 2005 at Valley Fields. Entering this year's meeting, MU was 0-2-2 in the last four meetings after going 4-0-1 in the five contests from 2009-13. Marquette's previous victory in the series was a 5-0 win at Milwaukee on Sept. 23, and MU is now 6-5-3 all-time against UWM at Marquette.

STARTING LINEUPS IN FLUX
• Through the first 11 matches of the regular season, head coach Markus Roeders has rolled out nine different starting lineups. Upperclassmen Maddy Henry, Bri Jaeger, Emily Hess and Leah Celarek have started all 11 matches in their respective roles and have been joined by freshman Katrina Wetherell, who has started every match in the midfield. Roeders has also shuffled freshmen Katie Koker and Madison Burrier into the lineup as the season has progressed. Redshirt senior Heather Handwork made just her second start since her freshman season on Sept. 17 against Milwaukee.
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