Now, don’t get too excited: They’re not ranked. However, after cobbling together 11 points last week, Marquette is up to 26 points this week. That has them just 40 votes shy of 25th place in the national rankings, or, if you prefer, sitting at an unofficial #31 in the country, up from #36 last week.
Marquette has won five straight since dropping their season opener to Stanford, the team currently ranked #2 in the country. In that stretch, they’ve allowed only one goal, a 69th minute strike by Kentucky. That was in Match #2 of the year, though, which gives MU a shutout streak currently sitting at an elapsed time of 381:55. Starting goalkeeper Maddy Henry hasn’t played every minute of that run, so her own personal streak is only at 367:56.
Stanford is one of just two Marquette opponents ranked in the top 25 this week. Georgetown is the other, as the Hoyas fall out of the top 10 and down to #15 this season. They’re now 4-2-0 with the losses coming against now #3 West Virginia and — SURPRISE — Stanford. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is the only MU foe that earning votes, as the Panthers picked up two points along the way. If Marquette can get through their trip to Engelmann Stadium on September 17th with a positive result, then we’ll probably be looking at a battle of two ranked teams when the Golden Eagles head to DC to face the Hoyas on October 19th.
But that’s in the future. First head coach Markus Roeders has to guide his charges through a weekend on the east coast. Marquette will play Boston University on Friday evening before tangling with Rhode Island on Sunday afternoon.
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