Marquette Men's Soccer Opens 2015 at Oregon State
Aug. 26, 2015
• 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.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• 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.
COMING UP NEXT
MARQUETTE IN SEASON LID LIFTERS
• 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.
BENNETT II, NORTEY EARN PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST ACCOLADES
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 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.
BIG EAST AMONG NATION’S ELITE CONFERENCES
• 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.
COACH BENNETT APPROACHING 200 COLLEGIATE VICTORIES:
• 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.
• 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.
MEET THE CAPTAIN
BIG SHOES TO FILL
• 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.
SPEAKING OF NEWCOMERS
• 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.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU SOCCER
SEVEN MARQUETTE MATCHES FEATURED ON BEDN IN 2015
• In 2014, only three Marquette matches were featured on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
MLS HOMEGROWN PLAYERS FEATURED ON 2014 ROSTER
• 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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