Men's Soccer To Begin Spring Season
March 17, 2014
MILWAUKEE--The Marquette University men's soccer team has released its spring exhibition schedule for 2014, highlights include two matchups with professional clubs, the Wisconsin DI Spring Challenge in Milwaukee and the "Kick for a Cure" Soccer Exhibition Weekend in Omaha, Neb.
The Golden Eagles will take on the Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League and the Chicago Fire Reserve Team of the MLS. The Golden Eagles' spring schedule also features action against Cardinal Stritch, UW-Milwaukee, Creighton and Wisconsin.
MU begins its spring campaign when it travels to Indianapolis to face off against the NASL's Indy Eleven on March 29. The Indy Eleven was established in 2013 by Keystone Group CEO Ersal Ozdemir. Beginning competition in 2014 as a member of the 13-team NASL, the Indianapolis-based club is led by head coach Juergen Sommer. Sommer, an Indiana University alum, had stints in the English Premier League and the MLS as a goalkeeper.
Marquette hosts NAIA opponent Cardinal Stritch at Valley Fields on Wednesday, April 2. The Wolves have won back-to-back Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conferences titles and will return 11 seniors in the fall. The most notable returnee for Cardinal Stritch is junior defender Oliver Bell, who garnered multiple honors for Cardinal Stritch in 2013 earning CCAC Player of the Year honors along with being named CCAC First Team All-Conference.
Following its matchup with Cardinal Stritch, MU heads to cross-town rival UW-Milwaukee for an 8:30 p.m. tilt with the Panthers at Engelmann Stadium on Wednesday. Milwaukee is set to return nine seniors from last year's squad that finished second in the Horizon League regular season standings.
MU then travels southbound to take on the Chicago Fire Reserves at the Toyota Park practice facility on Sunday, April 6. As part of reserve league play, all current Chicago Fire first team players and Developmental Academy players will be eligible for competition. The Chicago Fire reserve team has produced current Marquette players, Charlie Lyon, Louis Bennett II, Brady Wahl, Jake Taylor, David Selvaggi, and Daniel Szczepanek. MU assistant coach Steve Bode also played in reserve games for the Fire.
After competition in Chicago, MU resumes action the following weekend, Saturday, April 12 when it returns to the annual Kicks For a Cure event in Omaha, Neb. The Golden Eagles again journey to Morrison Stadium where they defeated Creighton in the same event last season 2-0. The Kicks For a Cure began eight years ago and has since raised a total of $1,456,729.
The blue and gold conclude their 2014 spring slate on Saturday, April 26, when they host the Wisconsin Division I Spring Challenge. All four NCAA Division I programs (Green Bay, Milwaukee, Marquette and Wisconsin) will square off in tournament-style action, with the winners of each opening round match meeting in the championship and the losers playing a consolation contest in the afternoon. The Golden Eagles will face Wisconsin in the opening round at 11:30 a.m., while Green Bay battles Milwaukee on the other side of the bracket at 9:30 a.m.
MU looks to build on its impressive 2013 campaign in which it amassed a record of 13-6-2 and claimed the program's first BIG EAST title.