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Anthony Colaizzi and the Thunder Bay Chill advanced through the first round of the 2010 Premier Development League (PDL) playoffs with a 1-0 victory over Forest City London last night in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Read the full recap here (uslsoccer.com).

The Chill will now face the Michigan Bucks in the Central Conference Finals later this evening (4:30 pm. CT). The winner of that match advances to the final four round of the PDL Championship, Aug. 6-7.

Congrats to Marquette University newcomer Paul Dillon, who'll be a freshman on the Golden Eagles men's soccer team this fall. This week, Dillon was named among the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's South Conference "Starting XI," as recognized by Soccer America, for his play this summer with Virginia Rush AJ Auxerre.

Dillon's honor came in the U17/18 age group. He scored seven goals this year in 29 games as a defender for the Rush, helping the squad to a 7-3-4 record in the Atlantic Division (11-12-6 overall).

Read the full story (socceramerica.com)

Members of the women's soccer team who have spent the summer playing for FC Milwaukee will travel to Dallas, Texas for the Women's Premier Soccer League Final Four this weekend. There FC Milwaukee will take on WPSL East Conference Champion Boston Aztec July 31 at 5 p.m. Should FC Milwaukee defeat Boston, it will play in the championship game Sunday, Aug. 1 at 1 p.m.


FC Milwaukee, whose members include Lauren Acree, Katie Hishmeh, Cara and Emily Jacobson, Ally Miller, Kate Reigle, Ashley Stemmeler and Stephanie Vasos, defeated FSA Freedom (Miami, Fla.) 3-1 on July 24 to win the Midwest Conference title and earn its spot in the WPSL Final Four. Incoming freshman Kate Reigle assisted on the game winning goal. 


The Golden Eagles on the squad will encounter a familiar face in Becky Ryan who is a member of the Aztec. The Aztec are affiliated with the Boston Breakers of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) and have several Breakers on its roster. 


The Golden Eagles report for preseason training camp on Wednesday, Aug. 4. 

Golden Eagle Spotlight - Dave Singleton

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Golden Eagle Spotlight - Jamail Jones

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Konieczki Wins Midwest Junior Players Championship

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Incoming Marquette University freshman Corey Konieczki is coming off a big victory last week at the American Junior Golf Association's (AJGA) Midwest Junior Players Championship in Mundelein, Ill.

Konieczki, a native of Rockford, Ill. and 2010 graduate of Boylan Catholic High School, won the Boys Division by two strokes at the par-72 Pine Meadow Golf Club on Friday, July 23.

After firing an opening-round 69, he went on to finish at 5-under-par 211 for the tournament.

Read the full recap and results (AJGA.org).

MBB Newcomer Interviews - Jamil Wilson & Reggie Smith

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PHOTO GALLERY: Pyzdrowski With Portland Timbers

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Former Marquette University goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski, who currently plays professionally with the Portland Timbers, recently saw action against two of the top club teams in the world and forwarded us some pictures.

On July 12, Pyzdrowski played 85 scorelss minutes against Atlas of the Primera Division de Mexico. "Pyz" also saw time against Manchester City of the English Premier League this past weekend.

After the match against Man City, he tweeted on his @KeeperPyz Twitter account, "Still in awe of the last 24 hours. Was a huge honor to be on the same pitch as all those world class players on Man City. Will never forget how it all started. This is only the beginning!"

Photos courtesy of John Acerbi and Allison Andrews.

Ciara Jones Breaks MU Weight Room Records

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Marquette junior outside hitter Ciara Jones recently topped two of her own records in the weight room. Jones upped her volleyball record in the hang clean with 196 pounds and broke the school female record with a top weight of 341 pounds in the back squat.

Former Golden Eagle and current Marquette assistant golf coach Kyle Murphy has a one-stroke lead going into Wednesday's third round at the Wisconsin State Amateur Championship in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

Murphy, who will tee off at 11:50 a.m. CT, is currently 5-under-par 139 (68-71) with two rounds remaining. Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Murphy after Tuesday's second round at The Bull at Pinehurst Farms. Read the recap here.

Mike McDonald, who finished up his MU playing career this past season, will tee off at 11:10 a.m. and is currently tied for 12th place at 1-over for the tournament. Also surviving the cut was senior Ben Sieg (+11) and sophomore Ryan Prickette (+11). In all, three current MU golfers qualified for the event, including senior Kelly Kretz.

Live scoring for the 109th annual Wisconsin State Amateur Championship is available, courtesy of the Wisconsin State Golf Association.

U.S. U-23 Women's National Team member and junior goalkeeper Natalie Kulla is featured in the August issue of Inside Wisconsin Sports. Inside Wisconsin Sports can be found at bookstores and newsstands in Wisconsin. 


Matt Tevsh's article "Playing Offside" highlights the experiences of rivals Sarah Hagen (Milwaukee) and Kulla during their process of being named to the U.S. U-23 Women's National Team. Below is an excerpt from the article. 


Kulla never really envisioned being a goalkeeper growing up. That job was just sort of given to her. "I played midfield," says Kulla. "Then I grew and was really awkward because I grew too fast, and I wasn't very good. They said, "You're the biggest kid on the team , we're going to move you to goalie." I think I was 12 when that happened, so I haven't played goalkeeper that long." 


Eight years later, she has more than adapted to playing in net. Still the tallest, the now 6'0" Kulla heads into her junior year at Marquette as a rising star. "I've seen a lot players come into the program and excel while they have been here," begins 14-year  Marquette coach Markus Roeders, "and I would put Natalie right up there with the best of them. I think by the time it's said and done, she's going to be one of the best players we've ever had in our program." 


Ball Kids Needed for 2010 MU Soccer Season

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Both the Marquette men's and women's soccer teams invite U11-U14 youth teams to participate as ball kids at every 2010 home game.

Ball kids receive free admission and a free t-shirt. To reserve a date for your team, call 414-288-4852 or email Matt Zielinski in the MU Athletics Marketing office.

2010 Marquette Men's Soccer Schedule

2010 Marquette Women's Soccer Schedule

Former Marquette men's basketball players Lazar Hayward and Dominic James completed successful performances at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev., this past week.

Hayward averaged 14.0 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in four appearances and saw 29.0 minutes per game on the court for Minnesota. He reached double figures in points in each of the squad's four games, including a team-best 19-point effort in the finale against Atlanta on July 18.

"Overall I thought I did what I was supposed to do and it was good to get a sense of what the NBA game will be like in the regular season," Haward said.

James appeared in four outings for the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 3.6 points and 4.0 assists in 19.6 minutes per contest. James came off the bench in the first two games before earning a spot in the starting lineup in the team's games against Miami and Cleveland.

"I am blessed by the opportunity of playing with a quality organization like the Milwaukee Bucks," James said. "It has been an honor and I thank them for their continued support and allowing me to showcase my talents.

"I think I proved I can compete at a high level and hopefully that will be enough for another opportunity to come my way and another window to be opened," James added. "I know I have to keep working and praying for a chance."

Jerel McNeal was on the Chicago Bulls' roster in Las Vegas, but did not see any game action.

MU Golfers Tee It Up at Wisconsin State Am

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Marquette golfers will among the top amateur players in the state to tee off at the 109th annual Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, which begins today at the The Bull at Pinehurst Farms in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.

MU golfers Kelly Kretz, Ben Sieg and Ryan Prickette -- along with former Golden Eagles Mike McDonald and Kyle Murphy (also current MU assistant coach) have qualfied for the event.

Live scoring is available for each round of the tournament, which will conclude Thursday, July 22.

There is also free admission for spectators, if you are interested in attending the event.

Pardon our dust, but construction on the $1.2 million soccer facility upgrade at Valley Fields began Monday, July 12. Click the photo gallery link below to see pics of work being done now at the site. 

Photo Gallery

Pyzdrowski Helps Timbers Defeat Atlas

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Former Marquette University goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski earned the start Sunday night for the Portland Timbers in a friendly against Atlas of the Primera Division de Mexico.

Pyzdrowski made five saves in 85 scoreless minutes in goal in front of 7,113 fans at PGE Park in Portland. The Timbers led 1-0 at the time of Pyzdrowski's departure from the match and Atlas tied the game at 1-1 on a penalty kick in the 90th minute. The Timbers would ultimately prevail by winning the penalty-kick shootout by a final tally of 4-2.

Read the complete match recap at PortlandTimbers.com.

 

Kelly Kretz opens play today at Bryan Park Golf & Conference Center in Greensboro, N.C., in what is the Marquette senior's third straight appearance in the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship.
 
Link to Live Scoring (usga.org)

Kretz took to the first tee at 7:10 a.m. Central Time today to begin his first round of action along with Brian Csipkes (Gretna, Neb.) and Maximilian Greil (Dana Point, Calif.).

The field will be reduced to 64 players after the second round, which will be played Tuesday, July 13. Match play then begins on Wednesday, July 14 and will run until Saturday, July 17 when a new U.S. Amateur Public Links champion will be crowned.

For more information on this year's tournament, visit the usga.org website.

Men's Basketball Newcomers Arrive On Campus

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With freshman Jamail Jones already on campus for the first session of summer school, nearly all of the remaining 2010-11 recruits arrived in Milwaukee this weekend.

Jones has been joined by Vander Blue, Davante Gardner, Reggie Smith, Jamil Wilson and walk on Dave Singleton.  The group was quickly introduced to college life with a team meeting and the recruits have already participated in classes, tutoring sessions, workouts and photographs.

Singleton played two seasons at High Point University under current MU Director of Basketball Operations Bart Lundy.  He will sit out in 2010-11 and have two seasons of elibility left.

The only remaining member of Marquette's nationally ranked recruiting class not on campus as of yet is junior college transfer Jae Crowder.  The national player of the year will arrive in time for the start of the Fall semester.

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