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Marquette Women’s Soccer Preview: vs Villanova Wildcats

It’s time for the Golden Eagles to steer out of a three match winless streak with a win against the Wildcats.

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Bad news: The Marquette Golden Eagles are winless in their last three games.

Good news: They are playing against the Villanova Wildcats next.

Why is that good news? They have won every single meeting against the Wildcats, boasting an 8-0-0 all-time record. Want to hear even better news? The Golden Eagles have yet to allow a goal in the series, out-scoring the Wildcats 12-0. But before we talk about MU’s chances to get back on track (which are really good), let’s briefly take a look at what’s gone wrong for them the last three games.

The Golden Eagles have not been able to create quality opportunities in front of net. They have failed to out shoot opponents in the last three games after only being out shot twice during their seven game winning streak. Those two games came against Central Michigan (15-12) and most notably Boston University (25-1). Marquette has been out shot a combined 55-42 in their last three contests. The MU defense that had been very strong during their winning streak with five straight shutouts has had defensive breakdowns and allowed five goals in their last two games. The past is the learn from it and move on. I believe MU is going to turn the tide tonight in a favorable matchup against the Wildcats.

Big East Match #2: vs Villanova Wildcats (4-6-0)

Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017
Time: 7pm Central
Location: Valley Fields
Streaming: Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go
Live Stats: GameTracker
Special Promotions: 1st 300 students in attendance get a gold T shirt, and ALL students will be registered to win either a Marquette Madness VIP package OR men’s basketball season tickets. Youth teams that wear their jerseys to the game get in for $2 per person.
Twitter Updates: @MUWomensSoccer

The Wildcats are coming into this game losers of two straight against Drexel (2-1) and Providence (1-0). The only top 25 opponent they faced was Princeton and they lost that game 2-0. So far this season the Wildcats have been out shot by an average of two shots per game. That’s not a wide margin which makes sense considering all but one of their losses has been by just one goal. In fact, they have a higher shots on goal percentage than their opponent (and than MU) at .532. This means that more than half their shots are on target, which is not a good sign for MU’s defense nor keeper Maddy Henry’s career saves record. However, when they’ve needed it the most, ‘Nova has struggled to convert their chances in front of goal.

The Wildcats have three players with multiple goals this season. Emily Kuefler (4), Amanda Volceka (3), and Jasmine Ruiz (2). Kuefler most recently got on the board in their loss to Drexel. The Golden Eagles should keep an eye on these three players defensively. They really just can’t let the Wildcats get any clear chances. Marquette needs a game to bounce back and this is the best chance to do so. They are playing a team that they’ve always beaten and there’s no reason to end that streak tonight. Also, the Wildcats are 0-4 on the road this season. Why not extend their road losing streak to 0-5?

The Golden Eagles realllyyy need to right the ship with a victory against Villanova. We can make the excuse that they have missed some key players over the last few weeks. When you lose a veteran goal-scorer and star player like Carrie Madden that does take a toll on your offense. Madden has only played 22 minutes in the last five games. At the same time, both Darian Powell and Kylie Sprecher have stepped up this season and it’s time for them to take charge of this offensive and score some points, goals or assists, for the Golden Eagles. More specifically, they need to get the first goal to put the MU defense at ease. MU has not looked themselves lately, allowing five goals the last two games. That needs to change tonight and I fully expect Marquette to come out strong knowing how important this game is to get back on track.