SOUND THE ALARMS, MARQUETTE GOLDEN EAGLES WOMEN’S SOCCER IS RANKED!
For the first time since the 2014 preseason poll, the Golden Eagles have earned a national ranking. United Soccer Coaches have slotted Marquette at #19 in their most recent poll thanks to a seven match winning streak by the Golden Eagles. MU picked up 196 points in the polling, slotting them in between #20 Princeton at 177 points and WOAH HO HO LOOK AT THIS #18 Georgetown with 214 points.
The Hoyas started out the season ranked #5 in the country, but they’ve started things out by going 5-2-1 in their first eight matches. It’s kind of surprising that they’ve dipped this far. The losses are to Stanford and West Virginia, who are currently #2 and #6 in the poll and were both top five teams when they played Georgetown, and the draw was in their most recent match against then #14 Rutgers. That Rutgers team is a runaway freight train that had won all of their first six matches..... and all were shutouts. Yeah. I don’t know how you knock Georgetown for going to a scoreless draw with a team that hasn’t allowed a goal all season and scored 20 on the other end. Oh well.
Elsewhere on the Marquette schedule, Stanford is sitting at #2 as mentioned earlier. The Cardinal and the Hoyas are the only two ranked teams on MU’s schedule, but there are two unranked teams that received votes left to come on the slate. Butler picked up eight points in the balloting for an unofficial #36 ranking, while Milwaukee snagged five points to end up #39 unofficially.
Marquette returns to action on Thursday night when they host Illinois State. The match will be televised on Spectrum Sports in Milwaukee, and the first 200 students get a crack at a FREE Qdoba nacho bar.
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