Men's Soccer Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Season

Nortey, a member of the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, will begin making his case for the award Friday.
Aug. 28, 2014

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MILWAUKEE - The No. 12 Marquette University men's soccer team will kick off the 2014 season this Friday, Aug. 29, in Bloomington, Indiana, at the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic, where the nationally ranked Golden Eagles are scheduled to play the last two national champions. This season will be the 50th in Marquette men's soccer history.

MU opens the tournament against last year's national title winner and former BIG EAST Conference rival, top-ranked Notre Dame, at 4 p.m. Central time before playing tournament host Indiana, the 2012 national champion, on Sunday, Aug. 31, at 2:30 p.m. Central time.

Friday's match against the Fighting Irish will present a historic opportunity for the Golden Eagles, as it will be the first time in program history that Marquette will face a team ranked No. 1. The highest ranked team Marquette has ever defeated was the No. 2-ranked University of Connecticut on Oct. 6, 2012 at Valley Fields, 3-2.

Marquette is coming off arguably its most successful season on the pitch. In 2013, the Golden Eagles claimed their second BIG EAST Conference championship in three years. MU (13-6-2) went on to win its first-ever BIG EAST tournament title en route advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 for the first time in program history.

Last season, Notre Dame finished with a 17-1-6 record and defeated Maryland 2-1 in the final of the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer College Cup. It was Notre Dame's first national championship in men's soccer.




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