MU Set for Weekend Matches at UIC, vs. Northwestern

Sept. 1, 2016

2016 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 3
Marquette (1-1-0) at UIC (0-1-1)
Date Friday, Sept. 2 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location Flames Field | Chicago
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2016 Marquette Men's Soccer - Match 4
Marquette (1-1-0) vs. Northwestern (1-1-0)
Date Monday, Sept. 5 | 7:05 p.m. CT
Location Valley FIelds | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's soccer team looks to make it two straight wins as it hits the road for the first time in 2016 with a trip to Chicago to take on UIC on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. The Golden Eagles will then return home for a Labor Day match-up against Northwestern at Valley Fields on Monday at 7:05 p.m.

KEY STORYLINES
• After not returning any scoring from 2015, the ongoing question throughout the preseason was who will score for Marquette? Three newcomers answered that question in game No. 2 as freshmen Luka Prpa tallied six points, including two scores, while Jan Maertins and Connor Alba also found the scoresheet in the 4-0 win over NIU.

The Last Meeting
UIC0
Marquette1
August 31, 2012
Valley Fields
Marquette Stays Unbeaten With 1-0 Shutout Over UIC
MILWAUKEE - Junior Eric Pothast scored his second-straight game-winning goal as the Marquette University men's soccer held off UIC for a 1-0 win Friday night at Valley Fields. With the victory, the Golden Eagles improve to 3-0-0 on the season.

The Last Meeting
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Marquette0
November 18, 2012
Valley Fields
Marquette Falls To Northwestern 1-0 in NCAA Second Round
Northwestern topped Marquette 1-0 Sunday in a NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship Second Round match in front of 1,186 fans at Valley Fields. The Wildcats scored the lone goal midway through the first half and hung on for the clean sheet, knocking MU out of the postseason.

• Marquette is looking to snap a three-match skid in season road openers when they head to UIC on Friday to take on the reigning Horizon League regular season champs. In their last meeting in 2012, MU claimed a 1-0 win at home.

• Northwestern will return to the Valley for the first time since 2013 when it upset the Golden Eagles with a 1-0 win in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

FRESH FACES FILL THE SCORESHEET
• In the 4-0 win over NIU, three Marquette freshmen accounted for all four goals and 10 of the 11 points collected - the most points accounted for by a group of MU freshmen in a single game since Louis Bennett took over as head coach in 2006.

Jan Maertins and Connor Alba scored their first career tallies, while Luka Prpa registered two goals and two assists. Prpa's six-point effort was the most by a freshman in a single match since C. Nortey tallied six points with a hat trick in a win over Seton Hall back on Oct. 22, 2011.

SCOUTING THE FLAMES
• Illinois-Chicago is coming off a Horizon League regular season championship after going 6-1-2 in league play and 9-6-1 overall in 2015, but fell to Wright State in the conference tournament and failed to reach the NCAA tournament. The Flames were picked to finish third in 2016 behind co-favorites Wright State and Oakland. They return 13 letter winners, including seven starters and are off to a 0-1-1 start after drawing with San Diego State (1-1) before falling to Gonzaga (4-1) in a season-opening trip West.

• Offensively, the Flames are looking to replace their two leading scorers from a year ago as Jorge Alvarez (5g, 5a) and Manny Chavez (5g, 6a) have moved on. The team's leading returner is Joel Leon, who had six points on two goals and two assists last year. Through two games, Max Todd leads the way with UIC's lone two goals this season.

• The Flames are stable in net in 2016, returning Andrew Putna, who led the way with a 0.92 GAA and seven shutouts last season.

COMING UP NEXT
• Following Monday's match-up against Northwestern, the Golden Eagles will head to the Gateway City to take on Saint Louis University on Saturday, Sept. 10. Start time is set for 7 p.m. Central time.

SERIES HISTORY VS. UIC
• Friday will mark the 11th meeting all-time between Marquette and UIC and first since 2012, when MU collected a 1-0 win at home. The Golden Eagles lead the all-time series 5-4-1, but are 1-3-1 all-time against UIC on the road with the lone win, a 3-2 result, coming back in 1983. The last meeting in Chicago came back in 2011 when the Flames claimed a 2-1 victory. The first-ever meeting between both teams was in Marquette's first year as a program, playing to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 24, 1964.

A LOOK AT THE WILDCATS
• Northwestern, picked to finish ninth in the BIG TEN Preseason Coaches' Poll, is off to a 1-1 start after defeating Florida Gulf Coast (2-1) and falling to Santa Clara (1-0) at home in its opening weekend. The loss last time out was especially tough as Santa Clara scored on an 84th-minute penalty kick. The Wildcats feature 20 returners, including six starters in 2016.

• Offensively, the Wildcats are led by Brandon Medina, whose two goals represent all of NU's scoring through two matches. He supplied the eventual game-winner against FGCU in the 47th minute by converting his second penalty of the match, which saw the rare occurrence of all three goals being scored via the penalty kick.

• Francisco Tomasino takes over the reigns in goal for the `Cats and currently sports a 1-1 mark with a 1.00 GAA and .750 save percentage.

ALL-TIME VS. NORTHWESTERN
• When MU and Northwestern meet on Labor Day, it will mark the 23rd meeting all-time between the two schools with the Golden Eagles holding the 16-5-1 edge overall with a 9-3-0 mark at home.

• Monday will be the first meeting since 2012 when both teams met in the second round of the NCAA tournament and the Wildcats escaped with a 1-0 upset victory, eventually falling to Louisiville in the next round.

• As it stands, the Golden Eagles still own nine straight regular season wins over the Wildcats dating back to 1989. Their first-ever meeting against NU took place in Marquette's first season as a program with a 4-2 win in Milwaukee on Oct. 16, 1964.

YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE
• The 2016 Marquette squad is one of the youngest teams in BIG EAST Conference as it features the second-youngest overall roster with 12 freshmen and 10 sophomores, ranking right behind St. John's with 16 freshmen and 10 sophomores. Marquette's five upper classmen (2 seniors, 3 sophomores) is the fewest of any BIG EAST program by far. St. John's features the second fewest with eight.


 

 

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