Marquette Men's Soccer Releases 2013 Schedule
June 11, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Marquette University unveiled its 2013 men's soccer schedule Tuesday. In addition to competing in the new-look BIG EAST Conference, the Golden Eagles' fall slate will feature 17 regular-season matches, including six contests against schools coming off NCAA tournament berths last year.
"From top to bottom, this is a very competitive and very diverse mix of games," said head coach Louis Bennett, who is entering his eighth season with the Golden Eagles. "The goal was to be able to play quality teams in and outside of the region. It looks like we have a great strength of schedule."
MU's annual Fan Fest is scheduled for Aug. 16 to help kick off the season, followed by the preseason opener Aug. 17 vs. Wright State. Marquette will then head to Fort Wayne, Ind., to go head-to-head with the defending national champion Indiana Hoosiers at the Shindigz National Soccer Festival on Aug. 22.
For the second straight year, the Golden Eagles open the regular season with the Milwaukee Cup, the annual crosstown derby with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers. This year's match will be held Friday, Aug. 30, at Engelmann Field (7:30 p.m. Central time) and will mark the 41st meeting between the two teams, which College Soccer News named one of the top-10 rivalries in college soccer.
Marquette turns around to host Green Bay in the 2013 home opener at Valley Fields on Sunday, Sept. 1 (4:05 p.m. CT) and concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule in Madison, Wis., against fellow in-state opponent Wisconsin (Oct. 2).
Coach Bennett and the Golden Eagles head back to the East Side to play Bowling Green in the opening game of the Panther Invitational at Engelmann Field on Sept. 6 and will wrap up the tournament with a home tilt Sept. 8 versus Drake.
MU then kicks off the BIG EAST/Big Ten Challenge at Michigan (Sept. 13) before coming back home to host Michigan State (Sept. 15) and Loyola-Chicago (Sept. 21).
"Because of the success we had last year," said Bennett, whose squad tied a school record for wins and earned the No. 7 overall seed in the 2012 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, "all the teams we will play will be highly ambitious and will approach us differently. Our non-conference season will be a test, because it has great balance, giving us the final piece we need to prepare for our conference."
The quest to claim a BIG EAST title begins in Ohio when the Golden Eagles travel to conference newcomer Xavier on Sept. 28 followed by a match at Villanova on Oct. 5. Marquette's first two BIG EAST home matches will feature first-year members Butler (Oct. 9) and 2012 national semifinalist Creighton (Oct. 12).
Marquette continues with a two-game road stretch at Providence (Oct. 19) and St. John's (Oct. 23) before coming back home to take on national runner-up Georgetown (Oct. 26) and Seton Hall (Nov. 2) on "Senior Night."
MU wraps up the regular season at DePaul on Nov. 8.
"It's going to be extremely tough to win the BIG EAST as it has been in the past," said Bennett. "But I'm so excited to play some of the traditional teams as well as the new members. Our supporters can rally around the fact that some of the top teams in the country will be visiting Valley Fields."
Single-game and season tickets will go on sale in July.