Milwaukee/Marquette Matched To Air Nationally On FSC
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Aug. 1, 2011) - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's soccer team will host Marquette Sept. 7 at Engelmann Stadium in the season-opening NSCAA Game of the Week to be broadcast live on Fox Soccer Channel.
The NSCAA announced its 2011 season slate Monday. The 20-game slate gets underway Aug. 26 when the South Carolina men play at the College of Charleston. The Milwaukee/Marquette game will be the first women's game on the docket.
"I think it's one of the first college games in the state of Wisconsin to be nationally televised, so I think it's an honor to be the program that is hosting that and made it happen," Milwaukee head coach Michael Moynihan said. "A lot of people comment on our style, saying it's an attractive style, and it'll be nice to showcase that for everybody."
The Panthers and Golden Eagles were originally scheduled to play on Thursday, Sept. 8, but will now meet on Wednesday.
The crosstown rivalry is usually a well-attended, tight contest, regardless of the venue. UWM leads the all-time series with Marquette, 7-6-6, with the teams splitting the last 10 meetings with three wins apiece and four ties. Last season, the teams played to a 1-1 draw in front of 578 fans at MU's Valley Field.
"It's a big (rivalry). I think even people from outside the area recognize that," Moynihan said. "It's got quite a history between the two programs, very competitive teams, lot of spirit, lot of emotion and a lot of quality soccer. I think people recognize that and look at it as something people around the country wants to watch, not just the people in Milwaukee. Hopefully, we can get a great crowd to turn out and show everybody what soccer in Wisconsin is all about."
The 2011 season gets underway for Milwaukee with an Aug. 8 exhibition match at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. The regular season opener is Aug. 19 at Michigan State.