When: Tonight, 7:30
Where: USF Soccer Stadium
The story: For the second consecutive season, the women’s soccer team opens its Big East Conference competition against the Marquette Golden Eagles. In the Bulls’ 10-year history, no opponent has defeated USF more than Marquette. The Golden Eagles own a 7-1-1 all-time series advantage; the lone win for USF came in October 1998, when Marquette was ranked No. 15.
Both teams have won every game this season by shutting out their opponents. Marquette’s defense will be tested by forward Lindsay Brauer, who leads the Big East in shots (28), goals (7) and points (16), and she shares the lead for game-winning goals (2) with six other players.
Marquette prepared for its first Big East match by participating in a clinic with Mia Hamm. Several members of the Golden Eagles, along with Hamm, worked with 20 children players on a youth soccer team as part of Milwaukee’s Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Keep an eye on: forward Allison Mallams. The junior leads Marquette in goals (4), assists (3) and points (11). Of Mallam’s 14 shots this season, 10 have been on goal to lead the Golden Eagles.