Men's Soccer Announces 2015 Schedule
June 4, 2015
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"It's one of the more challenging schedules we've had," said head coach Louis Bennett, who enters his 10th season at the helm. "We have some great games on the schedule with some powerhouses and other up-and-coming programs.
"We're certainly putting high demands on our squad in terms of games, caliber of teams and travel," Bennett added. "Our team is made up of a mixture of veterans and youngsters and I'm really looking forward to seeing how we adjust and how we tackle the task. The goal is to search for something inside ourselves that will be indicative of the brand and the style people come to know of Marquette soccer."
Bennett and his squad will open up the 2015 campaign with three road contests, including a West Coast swing at Oregon State and Portland Aug. 28 and 30, respectively. It will mark the first-ever meeting against the Beavers and first against Portland since 2002.
Marquette will then return to Wisconsin for the 43rd Annual Milwaukee Cup showdown against Milwaukee (Sept. 3) with MU vying for its third-straight win in the series. The home opener at Valley Fields comes Sept. 7, with the team's first meeting against Dayton since 1994 and first home game against the Flyers since 1989.
The Blue & Gold will remain home to complete a three-game homestand against first-time opponent Nebraska-Omaha (Sept. 11), followed by a perennial matchup against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18). Over the last three seasons, Marquette is 23-4-4 on its home turf.
From there, the Golden Eagles will open up BIG EAST Conference play at St. John's Sept. 26 before heading to last year's No. 1 overall seed in the College Cup, Notre Dame on Sept. 29.
Marquette will then play eight of its next nine games against BIG EAST opponents, beginning with Villanova Oct. 3, on the road. Following a mid-week road match at Wisconsin (Oct. 7), the Golden Eagles will wrap up the season with seven-straight league contests, four of which will take place at Valley Fields.
Those home matches include Seton Hall (Oct. 10), Creighton (Oct. 17), College Cup finalist Providence (Oct. 28) and Butler (Oct. 31). The team's final road matches include: Georgetown (Oct. 14), Xavier (Oct. 24) and the regular season finale at DePaul (Nov. 5).
The Golden Eagles are just two seasons removed from a conference championship and second-straight NCAA tournament appearance. Last season, the team finished with an 8-6-4 overall record with five one-goal defeats and the other by a two-goal difference.
Marquette eyes a return to the BIG EAST Conference tournament for the first time since 2013. The postseason tournament is scheduled to begin Nov. 10 with the first round games being played at the sites of the higher seeds, followed by the final two rounds being hosted by Creighton in Omaha, Nebraska on Nov. 13 and 15.
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