After finishing 4-11-3 a year ago for head coach Markus Roeders’ first ever losing season, I would imagine that Marquette women’s soccer couldn’t turn the page to 2019 fast enough.
We got a bit of public facing page turning on Tuesday afternoon, when the team released their 2019 schedule.
At first glance, it appears that the schedule is a little less daunting than the 2018 slate was. Last year, Marquette had four NCAA tournament teams from the year before in their non-conference schedule, in addition to a UWM team that went undefeated but somehow got left out of the field. This time around, it’s only three: Wisconsin, Minnesota, and UWM. All three will be away from Valley Fields.
The schedule has an interesting twist in it: An in-season home-and-home with Colorado State. CSU is coming off of a 6-9-4 campaign a year ago, so you’d like to think that Marquette could snag two wins against them. MU opens the regular season out in Fort Collins, and then turns around and plays host to close out the non-conference schedule exactly one month later.
There won’t be a match at Valley Fields until September rolls around, as MU will play their first three contests on the road. They’ll play two matches the weekend before school starts in August — at Colorado State and then at Ball State — then visit Wisconsin on Thursday of the first week of school before returning to Milwaukee for the home opener. That will be against Michigan, and MU’s very next match will be against Minnesota to give them three straight against Big Ten opposition. After that, the Golden Eagles won’t leave Milwaukee again until Big East play, with home dates against Utah State, Northern Illinois, and the aforementioned Colorado State game, as well as the crosstown trip to see UWM.
Marquette went 2-5-2 in Big East play a year ago, and this season, they’ll have to spend most of the league slate on the road. That’s the facts of life in a 10 team league with a nine game schedule. MU will have four home games and five road games, including starting the Big East slate off with a trip to Washington, D.C., to play Georgetown. The Hoyas are coming off a 2018 season that ended with a trip to the College Cup Final Four, and they’re pretty much always a tippy top quality team to play. MU will start the schedule with them, so it’s not the worst thing in the world to get that one out of the way and then worry about finding points for the Big East tournament afterwards.
Here’s the full schedule.
2019 Marquette Women’s Soccer Schedule
|Thursday, Aug. 22||at Colorado State||6:00 PM|
|Sunday, Aug. 25||at Ball State||Noon|
|Thursday, Aug. 29||at Wisconsin||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, Sept. 1||Michigan||2:30 PM|
|Thursday, Sept. 5||at Minnesota||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, Sept. 8||Utah State||1:00 PM|
|Sunday, Sept. 15||at Milwaukee||7:00 PM|
|Friday, Sept. 20||Northern Illinois||5:00 PM|
|Sunday, Sept. 22||Colorado State||1:00 PM|
|Sunday, Sept. 29||at Georgetown||Noon|
|Thursday, Oct. 3||Providence||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, Oct. 6||Creighton||1:00 PM|
|Thursday, Oct. 10||at St. John's||6:00 PM|
|Sunday, Oct. 13||at Seton Hall||Noon|
|Sunday, Oct. 20||Villanova||1:00 PM|
|Thursday, Oct. 24||Xavier||7:00 PM|
|Sunday, Oct. 27||at Butler||11:00 AM|
|Thursday, Oct. 31||at DePaul||3:00 PM|