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Milwaukee Cup Among Nation's Greatest Rivalries

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Editors at College Soccer News recently listed the Milwaukee Cup among the nation's greatest college soccer rivalries. The annual match between Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ranked No. 10 on the website's list of "The Fourteen Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer From Coast To Coast."

Read the full article here.

The series with UWM dates back to the 1973 season with the Panthers holding the all-time advantage. Marquette took home the Cup in 2008 and 2009 on game-winning goals by Golden Eagles' senior-to-be Calum Mallace.

"The Milwaukee Cup is an experience like no other," said MU defender Michael Alfano, who has played in three of the derbys against the Panthers. "Thousands of fans lining the field creates an electrifying atmosphere. And with bragging rights on the line, the rivalry proves exciting and high-tempo every year."

Last season, UWM defeated MU 4-2 in front of 2,083 fans at Valley Fields, an all-time home attendance record for Marquette. It was UWM's first victory over the Golden Eagles in the Milwaukee Cup since the 2006 season.

"It's a special match because it creates a festival-like reunion for the Milwaukee soccer community," said MU assistant coach Steve Bode, who played at UWM from 2002-2007 under former Panthers', and current MU head coach, Louis Bennett. "As a player, you know that the game is going to be packed with fans, some yelling at you and other cheering you on. You can't ask for a better environment."

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