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Women's Soccer Preview: vs Xavier

The Golden Eagles return home looking to burst out of the 4 way tie atop the Big East

Nice hat.
Nice hat.
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Thursday's result in New York was a slight disappointment for Marquette.  The Golden Eagles took a 1-0 lead a little past the midway point of the first half, but they weren't able to beat Red Storm keeper Diana Poulin again.  The Johnnies picked up a goal on two perfectly landed bounces on a corner kick, and after two overtime sessions, both teams departed with a point.

Now Marquette and St. John's both find themselves tied with Georgetown and DePaul with seven points so far this season.  All four teams are in action on Sunday, but none of them are facing each other.  Will someone create separation from the group, or will all four teams still be knotted at 10 points by Monday morning?

Big East Match #4: vs Xavier (3-8-2, 0-3-0 Big East)

When: Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 1pm Central
Where: Valley Fields
Audio/Visual: Home matches get free live video streaming to go along with live stats, too.
Special Promotions: Faculty & staff get in for free.  If you're going to Saturday's volleyball match against Creighton, hold on to your ticket and get into the Valley for free.  The residence hall with the most people in attendance get FREE PIZZA at halftime.
Twitter Updates: @MUWomensSoccer

When we checked in on the Musketeers before the start of conference play, they were on a 0-2-2 streak.  That's now an 0-5-2 streak after three straight losses to open conference play.  To make matters even worse, Xavier hasn't scored a goal in the last six matches in the streak and have gone without a goal for more than 656 minutes.  That is a looooooong time.

Hey, the good news here is that I don't even need to look at Xavier's statistics page to find out that Tori Doss leads the team with three goals and Catherine Allon leads in assists with two.  Impressively, keeper Katie Markesbery has kept her goals-against average right at 1.34 between the start of conference play and now, but her save percentage is down to .819.  Not all bad, considering that Xavier has been outshot 36-21 in Big East matches.