Sept. 1, 2012
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MILWAUKEE - Off to their best start in over a decade, the undefeated Marquette University men's soccer team (3-0-0) heads to Des Moines, Iowa, for a non-conference match against the Drake Bulldogs (1-2-0). Kickoff at Cownie Soccer Complex is set for 2 p.m. CT.
Listen Live on WMUR Marquette Radio
Sunday's match at Drake will be broadcast live by WMUR Marquette Radio. The student-led radio station will again call a majority of MU men's soccer matches this fall with play-by-play voice Matt Trebby on the call. Listen live at: http://marquetteradio.org/listen/.
Marquette Golden Eagles (3-0-0, 0-0-0 BIG EAST)
Marquette became the first BIG EAST Conference men's soccer team to get to 3-0-0, something the Golden Eagles have not done since the 2000 season when the squad won its first four matches. MU captured its second home win of 2012 with a 1-0 decision over UIC at Valley Fields on Friday night. It was the Golden Eagles' second-straight 1-0 shutout, and for the second consecutive match, junior Eric Pothast had the game-winning goal.
Drake Bulldogs (1-2-0, 0-0-0 Missouri Valley Conference)
Drake returned three starters from last year's team that finished 11-8-1 last fall (3-3-0 MVC), including All-MVC Preseason Men's Soccer Team selection Garrett Crall, a junior defender. Also returning is Michael Thaden, who sat out the 2011 season after recording four goals and three assists as a junior. The Bulldogs, led by head coach Sean Holmes (15th season), picked up their first win, a 3-1 victory over Loyola Chicago, on Thursday after opening the season with losses at Cincinnati (L, 0-1) and at Saint Louis (L, 0-1). Drake got goals from Nick Marshall, Addison Eck and Logan North in the win over the Ramblers.
Lyon Credited With Back-To-Back Clean Sheets
Redshirt sophomore Charlie Lyon has already made his presence felt through his first three games as Marquette's new starting goalkeeper. Lyon has recorded back-to-back shutouts with a pair of 1-0 wins over Green Bay and UIC. He's made seven saves thus far and owns a 0.67 goals against average.
Pothast Earns Multiple Weekly Accolades
Junior defensive midfielder Eric Pothast was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll in addition to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week, Soccer America Team of the Week and College Sports Madness BIG EAST Player of the Week. Last weekend, he assisted teammate Sebastian Jansson on the Golden Eagles' game-winning goal as time expired Friday to down the Milwaukee Panthers, 3-2. The MU co-captain then scored the decisive goal in a 1-0 win at Green Bay last Sunday.
Golden Eagles' Perfect Start Garners National Recognition
Marquette climbed one spot to No. 32 in the latest TopDrawerSoccer.com rankings following a perfect start to the 2012 season. MU is also ranked No. 4 this week in the NSCAA Great Lakes Region and currently receiving votes in the both the NSCAA/Continental Tires and College Soccer News national polls. Since the rankings have been released, MU has added another win (1-0 vs. UIC) to its credit.
Defending BIG EAST Champs Taking Care of Non-Conference Matches
While Marquette eventually went on to win its first BIG EAST division title in 2011, the Golden Eagles struggled early last season against non-conference opponents. With consecutive wins over Milwaukee, Green Bay and UIC to open the 2012 season, MU has already topped last year's non-conference win total after finishing with a 2-6-2 record outside of league matches a season ago.
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In addition to all the news, stats and scores that you'll find on GoMarquette.com, fans of Marquette men's soccer can follow the team on Facebook (Facebook.com/marquettesoccer) and on Twitter (@marquettesoccer). Get exclusive access behind the scenes and be up-to-date on the latest news of the day. In-game updates will also be provided in real time at Twitter.com/marquettesoccer for all home and away matches during the season.