Marquette Men's Soccer Opens 2015 at Oregon State

Aug. 26, 2015

2015 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 1
Marquette at RV Oregon State (0-0)
Date Friday, Aug. 28 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Lorenz Field | Corvallis, Ore.
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's soccer team will kick off the 2015 campaign with a pair of contests against Oregon State (Friday) and Portland (Aug. 30) on the road. The trip to the West Coast will mark the first for the Golden Eagles since 2006.

• Friday’s match will pit the Golden Eagles against Oregon State in the first of a two-game West Coast road trip to open the season.

• The Beavers enter the season receiving ranking votes by the NSCAA and a No. 26 classification according to College Soccer News.

• Marquette played three exhibition matches leading up to the 2015 regular season opener, hosting Bradley (3-3 draw) and Loyola Chicago (1-0 defeat), before taking on No. 14 Indiana (2-0 defeat) in Fort Wayne, Indiana to close out the preseason.

• The Golden Eagles head to the West Coast for the first time since taking on Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles back on Sept. 2, 2006.

• Oregon State is coming off a 12-8-1 overall record and an NCAA tournament appearance a season ago. The Beavers started the 2014 season 7-1 overall with their lone loss coming to Marquette in the fourth game of the season in Milwaukee.

• OSU knocked off Denver in the first round of the NCAA tournament by a score of 1-0 and then fell by the same score to Creighton, which would make it all the way to the Elite 8.

• The Beavers averaged 1.9 goals per game a season ago, led by then-senior and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, Khiry Shelton, who scored 10 goals and 12 assists (32 points). Despite not having Shelton’s services any longer, OSU returns its next three top-scorers in sophomores Timmy Mueller (11 goals, 2 assists) and Jordan Jones (8 goals, 1 assists), as well as junior Devonte Small (4 goals, 4 assists).

• OSU allowed nearly a goal per game with the departed Matt Bersano leading the way with a 1.08 goals against average and a .791 save percentage in 17 starts. Nolan Wirth, who registered a 0.67 GAA with a .769 save percentage in four starts, will presumably take over the majority role in net.

• The Beavers were 9-2-1 on their home pitch at Lorenz Field in 2014.

• Oregon State did not schedule a single exhibition match leading into the season and, therefore, will play a 20-match regular season schedule in 2015, making the season opener against Marquette the Beavers’ first game action of the year. Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles scheduled three exhibition matches against the likes of Bradley, Loyola Chicago and nationally-ranked Indiana.

Marquette and Oregon State have met just once previously and that was last year in Milwaukee when the Golden Eagles claimed a 1-0 victory at Valley Fields on Sept. 7. David Selvaggi connected on a goal in the 4th minute and that proved enough as MU registered the 1-0 shutout - its second in a row on the way to a school-record eight-straight shutouts.

• Marquette will stay on the West Coast and make the 90-minute drive north to take on Portland  on Sunday, Aug. 30. Start time is set for 3 p.m. Central time with live video and stats available via

• Marquette opens its 51st season in program history on the road at Oregon State, Friday, Aug. 28. In the previous nine regular season openers under head coach Louis Bennett, the Golden Eagles have gone 4-5 overall with a 1-4 mark away from Valley Fields.

  • MU has dropped four of its last five lid lifters, including two straight with last year’s loss coming against the reigning national champions, Notre Dame, by a slim 2-1 decision.

• The last season-opening win came back in 2012 with a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee at home.

• The last time Marquette started the year with a season-opening win on the road came all the way back in 2006 during Bennett’s first season leading the Blue & Gold when it defeated Loyola Chicago 2-1.

• The Golden Eagles were picked to finish fifth in the BIG EAST Conference in 2015, behind conference favorites Creighton and Georgetown, who tied for a league-high 77 poll points and evenly split the 10 first-place votes. Providence was picked third, followed by Xavier and Marquette.

Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Creighton - 77 pts. (5 first place votes)

2. Georgetown - 77 pts. (5)

3. Providence - 65 pts.

4. Xavier - 55 pts.

5. Marquette - 50 pts.

6. St. John’s - 36 pts.

7. Butler - 33 pts.

8. Villanova - 29 pts.

9. Seton Hall - 19 pts.

10. DePaul - 9 pts.

• The Golden Eagles also featured two players on the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad with redshirt senior forward C. Nortey and junior midfielder Louis Bennett II earning the prestigious honor.

• The 2014 Preseason Coaches’ Poll had Marquette and Georgetown tied atop the list following the Golden Eagles earning a share of the BIG EAST regular season title, a BIG EAST tournament championship and eventually falling to Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen in 2013.

• The BIG EAST features four teams ranked in the NSCAA Top-25 preseason poll, including Georgetown at No. 3, Creighton at No. 6, Providence at No. 7 and Xavier at No. 19.

• According to College Soccer News’ Preseason Top-30, it was the same four teams in the top-18 with Georgetown and Creighton coming in at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, following by Providence at No. 6 and Xavier at No. 18.

• Head coach Louis Bennett is on the brink of collecting his 200th career victory as he enters the 2015 campaign with 198 career wins.

• Bennett has accumulated 63 wins in nine seasons with the Golden Eagles following a 135-64-17 overall record over 10 seasons with UW-Milwaukee (1996-2005).

• Over the previous three seasons, Bennett has led Marquette to a sterling 37-16-7 mark with a BIG EAST regular season title, a BIG EAST tournament championship, and two NCAA tournament appearances.

• In addition to head coach Louis Bennett’s looming 200th career coaching victory, there are other notable milestones to watch for at the beginning of the season.

C. Nortey will break into the top-10 goal scoring list all-time with his next goal. With one more goal, Nortey would tie Cory Butler (1992-95) and Marshall Morehead (1998-2000) for 10th all-time with 27 career goals.

C. Nortey is tied with three others for the most game-winning goals in program history with 8.

• Redshirt senior forward C. Nortey will serve as Marquette’s captain for the 2015 season. The Accra, Ghana native ranks ninth on MU’s all-time scoring list with 26 career goals after totaling a team-best 7 goals and 2 assists for 16 points in 2014.

• The Golden Eagles said goodbye to two all-time greats who moved on to professional careers in 2015. Axel Sjoberg (Colorado Rapids – 1st rd/14th overall) and Charlie Lyon (Seattle Sounders – 4th rd/75th overall) led Marquette to a BIG EAST regular season and tournament titles, as well as back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances over their final three seasons.

• Marquette’s season opener against Oregon State will mark the first time in 62 matches that the dynamic duo won’t be featured in the starting lineup. Over the previous 61 games, the Golden Eagles compiled a record of 37-17-7 with a miniscule 0.81 goals against average.

  Senior John Pothast will assume the leadership role on the back line, while redshirt freshman Danny Jarosz, who spent last season getting acclimated to the program under the tutelage of Sjoberg and Co., will be slotted into the center back position

• At keeper, it’s yet to be determined who the starter will as redshirt juniors Mac Wheeler and Brady Walsh return as the veterans in the mix, while redshirt sophomore Kyle Gress and newcomer Luis Barraza will also factor into the mold.

• Marquette boasted yet another Top-15 recruiting class in 2015 according to Top Drawer Soccer - their third Top-15 class in as many years.

• This year’s freshmen class includes: Luis Barraza (Santa Teresa, New Mexico), Toby Howell (Bradenton, Florida), Jesper Larsson (Falkenburg, Sweden), Ruben Sanchez (Frankfort, Illinois), Ben Tweedie (Naples, Florida), and Kees Westra (Monroe, Washington).

• Sanchez (midfielder) and Westra (defender) ranked among the IMG Academy’s Top-75 recruits coming out of high school, while Barraza (goalkeeper) led Real Salt Lake-Arizona to the U.S. Development Academy championship this past summer.

• A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s soccer and lacrosse programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU soccer. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.

• Seven of Marquette’s nine BIG EAST Conference regular season matches will be aired live on the BIG EAST Digital Network in 2015, including the final six BIG EAST matches and beginning with a road contest at St. John’s Sept. 26.

• In 2014, only three Marquette matches were featured on the BIG EAST Digital Network.

• There are plenty of ties within the Marquette soccer family on this season’s roster. Sophomore midfielder Louis Bennett II is the son of head coach Louis Bennett. Redshirt junior defender John Pothast is the younger brother to former co-captain defender Eric Pothast. Redshirt senior forward David Selvaggi is the younger brother to former midfielder Anthony Selvaggi. Redshirt sophomore midfielder Alex McBride is the younger brother to former Marquette women’s soccer stars Kerry and Allison McBride.

• On the MU women’s soccer team, junior defender Cali Pyzdrowski is the younger sister to former men’s goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski.

• Since Louis Bennett took over as head coach, Marquette has always had strong ties to the MLS Academy. There are six “homegrown” players currently on the roster. Louis Bennett II and Martin Alba are both products of the Chicago Fire Academy, while freshmen Luis Barraza (Real Salt Lake-Arizona), Kees Westra (Seattle Sounders FC), Ruben Sanchez (Chicago Magic PSG) and Toby Howell (Chargers SC) also competed for MLS Academy clubs prior to arriving at Marquette.

• The Golden Eagles said goodbye to a trio of former academy players last year in Coco Navarro (Real Salt Lake-Arizona), Charlie Lyon (Chicago Fire) and Brady Wahl (Chicago Fire). Navarro is currently playing with Real Monarchs SLC, a USL affiliate of Real Salt Lake, while Lyon is currently on the first team with Seattle of the MLS and Wahl is serving as a student assistant coach with Marquette this season.

• The Homegrown Player Rule is a Major League Soccer program that allows MLS teams to sign local players from their own development academies directly to MLS first team rosters.




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